Northern California Angora Guild

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Cooking Ladies

At the Hollister Show, two ladies were chatting with people but they sure did not seem like someone into rabbits.    It turns out that these two ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, live in their mini RV and drive around the country working on cooking and in restaurants, write about their trips and recipes on their website and publish cookbooks.  To learn more about them, go to 

The Hollister Chamber of Commerce CEO Juli A. Vieira joins the two cooking ladies for a photo op.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Busy Bees

Spring or even summer has arrived in California, Wisteria is blooming with hanging flowers.   Bees are working hard.  

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bunny Stampede

French Angora litters could be quite impressive number wise.   This is a photo of  a litter of  French Angora bunnies that are 10 days old.
At 13 days old, all eyes are open and the bunnies are itchy to exercise.

More exploration of their new surroundings.

After exercise, bunnies go to their corner bed for a nap.



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Found on the Net: Hachiko Statue at University of Tokyo

An Akita named Hachiko has been the subject of many reports and more than one movie.   His story of love and loyalty inspire many to give him back the love and respect.   This year commemorates the 80th anniversary of his death in 1935, the University of Tokyo installed a statue of him reuniting with his beloved master.
The following is one of the reports from Japan:

Hachiko finally reunited with owner in statue erected at University of Tokyo

March 09, 2015
On the 80th anniversary of the death of Hachiko, the famed dog was happily reunited with his owner, in a bronze statue installed on March 8 at the University of Tokyo where the master once taught.

About 500 people gathered for the unveiling ceremony of the statue featuring the beloved canine and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno (1871-1925), a professor of agricultural engineering.

“They have finally been reunited after 90 years. I am happy for them,” said Mari Toya, 30, a Nagoya restaurant operator, who was among the attendees.

Hachiko died of filarial disease in 1935, 10 years after Ueno's death.

The statue, which depicts Hachiko jumping up to greet Ueno, who is extending his hand to pat the dog, stands about 1.9 meters high and weighs about 280 kilograms. It is located near the main gate of the campus for the university’s Faculty of Agriculture in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward.

The university faculty had started the project to bring the Akita breed dog and his owner together in a memorial statue. Faculty members have solicited donations from individuals and companies since last year and collected more than 10 million yen ($83,000).

Hachiko is believed to have patiently waited for his owner’s return from work every day at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station for about 10 years even after Ueno's death.

In commemoration of the daily vigil, a lone statue of Hachiko was erected in front of Shibuya Station in 1934, even while the canine was still alive.

The current Hachiko statue at the station, the second of its kind, was installed in 1948 after the first was melted down for much-needed scrap metal during World War II.
People gather around the bronze statue of Hachiko and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, at the University of Tokyo in the capital’s Bunkyo Ward on March 8. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)

People gather around the bronze statue of Hachiko and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, at the University of Tokyo in the capital’s Bunkyo Ward on March 8. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mochi is Growing


In January we met Mochi at Gridley.   We reported such on

Two months later, Mochi is in show again at Hanford.  He is sure growing into a handsome boy.  He is as play as ever, thinking he is still a tiny little puppy.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Little Girl and Big Rabbit

How much does the rabbit weigh?  Twelve pounds.  (It looks bigger than 12 pounds).
How much do you weigh? Sixty pounds.  (She looks smaller than 60 pounds). 

Little girl holding a Flemish Giant like a baby, a big baby!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rabbit Costume Contest at Hanford

One of the most anticipated event at the Central Valley RBA show is the rabbit costume contest.   Youth exhibitors and their family spend lots of effort making costumes and accessories to make their rabbits beautiful. 
Here are some scenes of the dressed up rabbits and their happy young owners.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Angora Judging at Hanford

In show A, judge Armando is examining a white English Angora.   Next to judge Armando is cavy judge Sharon who gets a feel of the English Angora wool.   Samantha waits to record comments.

Judge Armando is comparing the English Angora colored senior buck and colored senior doe for the Best of Variety.    Samantha writes for judge Armando and Brian watches the judging.

Judge Allen works on the white English Angora variety.

Judge Allen examines the English Angora colored senior doe.
For a complete list of the Angora results, go to:


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Youth Top Winners at Hanford

Central Valley RBA holds double youth show at Hanford on March 21, 2015.
Judge Jennifer awards the youth Best In Show to Sophia's Mini Lop in show A.

The show A Reserve In Show winner is Janay's French Lop.


In youth show B, judge Armando picks Emily's Mini Rex as the Best In Show and Sophia's Mini Lop as the Reserve In Show.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Open Top Winners at Hanford

Central Valley RBA holds double open all breed show at Hanford on March 21, 2015.

In show A, judge Armando picks Betty's English Angora as the Best In Show.


Judge Armando awards the Reserve In Show to Fred and Helen's Dutch.  Fred is not in the showroom.


In show B, judge Allen picks the same English Angora shown by Betty as the Best In Show.


Judge Allen selects Jordin's Holland Lop as show B Reserve In Show winner.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Donnica Wins Double All Breed Best In Show at Hanford

Central Valley RBA holds double open double youth shows at Hanford on March 21, 2015.

Betty's English Angora Chu's Donnica is going into a prime coat, she is sitting pretty in the sun.

In show A, judge Armando awards the Best In Show honor to Donnica, this is Donnica's first all breed Best In Show.

Donnica's second all breed Best In Show comes within a few hours after the first one; judge Allen also selects Donnica as the Best In Show in show B.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

It's the St Patrick's Show, You Got the Wrong Color!

Betty wears red, Carol wears fuchsia and pink; the two ladies do not understand the appropriate color for the St. Paddy's day.

Superintendent Chris has a photo taken with Betty while getting photo-bombed.  Chris and Betty entered the wonderful world of rabbits at about the same time over 34 years ago and they have something in common: each has won a Best In Show at the ARBA convention.  Betty's convention Best In Show win was in 1992 and Chris is the reigning Best In Show winner.  

French Angora HGF Ben gets a lot of love from Kevin, Carol and Betty.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Angora Judging at Hollister


Show A judge Kevin is comparing the BOV colored and BOV white to decide on the Best of Breed English Angora.

Judge Kevin is comparing the BOV white and BOV colored to decide on the Best of Breed French Angora.

Judge Kevin is working on the Satin Angora colored junior doe, Carol records his comments.


In show B, judge Scott R. is checking on the English Angora colored senior buck.

Judge Scott has the three French Angora finalists on the table for the Best of Breed and Best Opposite of Breed, Carol watches.


Judge Scott R. comments on the Satin Angora, Brian writes.


In show C, judge Josh is examining an English Angora colored senior doe.


French Angora colored senior doe is being checked by judge Josh.


Judge Josh is working on the Satin Angora colored junior doe.

For a list of the complete Angora results, go to: