What do rabbit breeders buy their wives for Valentine's Day?? BUNNIES, of course!!!
Every person that raises and shows rabbits loves their breed. When my boys were first starting out, they visited a rabbitry and the sweet lady there was telling us her story about the first time she saw "her" breed of rabbit. "My heart flip flopped just a little bit and I thought they were the most beautiful thing my eyes had ever seen." she told them. Yeah..that about sums it up.
I first ran across English Lops on the internet way before we had ever thought about showing or raising rabbits. My heart flopped and I fell in love. Played with the idea of owning one SOMEDAY, but they are really rare in our area. My boys fell harder into breeding and showing, and my husband found "his" breed, and I played with my little Hotot's. But I'd always look around at shows for the Lops I longed for...but never seeing any. I looked into having them shipped in from out of state, but that costs around $300 and while I REALLY wanted one, I wasn't quite ready to spend that sort of money.(And NEVER would have been!)
So this past year I decided that I WOULD have one and started seriously hunting. We were at a show in June and one of our judges walked by and he had an amazing tattoo of an English Lop on his calf. We chatted a little bit, mostly about the tattoo. I sent him a message later on Facebook, asking if he had any for sale. He replied back and told me that he was sorry, but he had JUST sold out his Lops....=(.....to a breeder in Kansas!!! Wait...WHAT??? So he told me the name and lo and behold they were sold to a lady we know and see at almost every show!!!!
My very sweet husband called her up, and yes, she had his rabbits, but she wasn't sure what she wanted to get rid of or even what she had because she hadn't really had a chance to go through them yet. I was bummed, but was hopeful I'd at least be give then chance to get one very soon.
This past week Dan calls from work.
"I'm gonna be gone for a day this weekend"
"Oh really? What for?"
"To go get your dang rabbits"
"The rabbits from M. She just called and has a breeding pair for you."
"*Insert dramatic intake of breath and intense girly squealing here* OHMYGOSH OHMYGOSH!!"
"I think you might have just ruptured my eardrum."
So my superman took off to go pick up MY dream bunnies. The breeder lives in Abilene, and the buns were given to friends of ours at a show we didn't get to attend, and they brought them to their house in Haysville and kept them overnight for us. Rabbit friends ROCK!!
And a husband who take a day out of his quiet weekend just to go get buns to make his wife smile rocks even more! ;-)