Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rayna Says Hello

Do you like my right side?

Or my left side?

You know how much I miss my show friends?   Come to the show next Saturday, I will be there, I'd love to see you.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Betty and Scott, 30 Years of Friendship

Whenever Betty and Scott see each other at the convention or at a show, we try to take a picture together.  This is the most recent picture taken during the Angora National banquet at Reno.  Scott is the judge for the Angora National.

This picture was taken in 1988 at the ARBA convention held in Madison, Wisconsin.   

Betty's blue doe was the BOB and Scott's white doe was the BOV in the open show at the ARBA convention.  Scott also won the BOB in the youth show with a different doe.   One may notice that the rabbits are very small comparing to today's English Angora.   The main reason is because the blower did not become a grooming tool until the end of 1989 during the ARBA convention at Tulsa, OK.   All the Angoras presented on the show table before November 1989 were groomed by slicker brushes and combs.   It's next to impossible to keep the coat longer than 5 inches.   You may now understand why "5 inches" is the advantage limit for length listed in the SOP.   

Scott and Betty at the Angora banquet during the 1988 ARBA convention.  Scott was 15 at the time, not even old enough to be in the high school.   Today he is a nationally known rabbit judge and professionally an attorney educated at Columbia University Law School.  It's hard not to be proud of his accomplishments.       

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Betty's New Bunny Mobile

In the mid 1990s, my then rabbit partner Suzanne gifted me this license plate holder, I loved it. Suzanne is no longer in the wonderful world of rabbits but I'm still using this plate holder.

On January 2, 2009, I posted this photo when I moved from my second bunny van to my third bunny van, see
The license plate was taken out of the Chrysler Town and County on the left and installed on the then new Toyota Sienna on the right.

It has been 9-1/2 years since the last bunny van, it's time to get a new model for the safety features and for the creature comfort.     This is my fourth bunny van.   My first two are Chrysler and the 3rd and the current one are both Toyota Sienna.  If you notice that they are both red and I'm also wearing red, it's simple, red is my favorite color. The "Betty's Bunny Mobile" plate holder will be installed on this 2018 van when the DMV sends the new license plate.

The bunnies are not in the van yet, it still has all the seats for human.

The back row seats are in the original condition from the dealer.

As soon as the carriers are ready to go into the new bunny van,  the back seats will be pushed down and the middle seats will either be folded or removed.  Buns will be the main occupants, it's important to create enough space to take them to the shows.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rusty Westhoff for ARBA Vice President

Rusty has been a judge since 1991 when he was just out of teens, full of experience, full of wisdom and done great in the wonderful world of rabbits.   He is currently the district 6 director.  He is now running for the vice president of ARBA, we would like to give him the full support.

Rusty for VP!!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Squirrel Enjoying Loquat

Squirrels are known for liking nuts, but they do enjoy other foods.   Here is a squirrel enjoying a juicy loquat.

There are so many loquat fruits on the tree that the squirrel won't have to worry about food sources.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Found on the Net: Funny Meme

Jill and Brittany saw this meme in one of the Facebook posts, thought it was funny.   I agree, it's funny!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

WCC Angora All Breed Show Results Posted

French Angora HGF Doe On Fire bred and shown by Eric and Gabe won the Best of Best at the WCC overall contest.
(Photo credit: Lindsey Vaught)

Due to the size and the number of the shows involved at WCC, it took quite an effort to collect the Angora results in the all breed shows.   Finally they are posted:

The results of the Angora National and the two NCAG specialty shows were posted in May:

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rachel's Giant Angora has a Great Weekend

On Saturday June 9,  Rachel's Giant Angora Princess won the Group at Fox Valley Rabbit Club Spring Fling youth show in Weyauwega, Wisconsin.

Sunday is even better, Princess won the youth Best In Show under judge Shane.

Rachel's Giant Angora have been making splashes everywhere, they won in the ARBA conventions and major events.  At the WCC event in Reno, Rachel's Giant Angora won the BOB and Reserve In Show at the youth Angora national.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Arie's Adventure - Amber's Home

The last stop of the weekend is Amber's home to examine the Jersey Wooly.

Amber explains the fine points of her Jersey Wooly to Arie.

Arie puts her hands on Amber's Jersey Wooly.

Arie takes photo of the properly posed Jersey Wooly.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Arie's Adventure - Carol's Home

Kathi and Arie's second stop is Carol's home, here is Kathi's green car arriving at Carol's.

The topic of the day is the American Fuzzy Lop.   Carol is the hands down #1 breeder of AFL.

Carol's Fuzzy are known for having excellent body, wool and the most important feature of the Fuzzy: big head.

Arie likes the Fuzzy.

A selfie is a must.

Carol's bunny guest is well-known, see 

Kathi and Arie snap a photo of the host and the guest.  

Carol's custom made spinning wheel is a center piece, no guest can resist taking a picture.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Arie's Adventure - Betty's Home

Our judge Arie from Indonesia has been very busy during her stay in the US.  She judged at WCC in the beginning of May, CRCS show at Reno at the end of May, Fairs almost every weekend.
She has a break during June 9-10, she and Kathi decide to take a road trip to visit experienced breeders.

The first stop is Betty's place.    Judge Arie is carefully examining the English Angora wool structure.

Close look at the white English Angora.

Kathi and Arie are comparing two English Angora juniors.

Arie is looking at French Angora junior buck Lipton, impressed with Lipton's ring pattern. 

A closer look at Lipton's agouti ring pattern.

Kathi and Arie are examining Betty's two French Angora colored senior does.   Kathi has recently received her registrar's license, the judge's license is in the future plan.

After the English Angora and French Angora sessions, a selfie is in order.

Kathi is good at taking selfies.   

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Olivia's English Angora Wins Youth Best In Show

Olivia wins youth Best In Show with her home bred English Angora in Connecticut.

Olivia's favorite English Angora are the chestnuts.

Olivia's chestnut English Angora has good ring definition.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Our Japanese Friends

In all the major rabbit events such as the ARBA conventions and WCC, we always see Matsushima and Masako.   Sometimes it's hard to tell that they live an ocean away.   It's so good to see them again at WCC.   They are enjoying themselves and buying bunnies and supplies.  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bunny Backpack

Carolyn got a new backpack!

Though it's not featuring Angora, it's still irresistible.     For a Belgian Hare owner, this backpack is a must-have.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Pretty Flower and Delicious Fruit

This flower is gorgeous, even the bee cannot resist it.   What kind of flower is it? Cactus? 

Are you getting an idea what it is?  

It's the Artichoke!!!

Friday, June 08, 2018

Squirrel Scores a Peanut

Hey, Squirrel, did you see there is a peanut next to you?

I don't want any competition, I'm taking the peanut to the tree.

I love the peanut!

I'm so enjoying the peanut.

Love it, love it, love it.