Northern California Angora Guild

Monday, September 01, 2014

Franchesca Wins Double All Breed Best In Show at Monterey Fair

 
 
 
 
 
Franchesca at 14 months old still has a gorgeous coat.

 
At the Monterey Fair show A, judge Ray awards the Best In Show to Franchesca and Reserve In Show to Chris Z's Holland Lop.

 

In show B at Monterey Fair, judge Joe selects the same two rabbits as the Best In Show and Reserve In Show.

French Angora receives top four honorable mention in both show A and show B; Checker is the BOB in show A and James in show B, both offspring of HGF Jim.  



 

 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bunnies' Two-Month Growth

 
 
 
In June, the bunnies are little bunnies, they line up to have a photo op.

 
A pretty young junior two months later, which one is it in the above photo?  
 

Another youngster, where is it located in the first photo?







 

 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beautiful Franchesca Goes Back in Time




Franchesca is a beautiful English Angora senior doe, at 14 months old, she has a full coat.



Going back 8 months, she was a little beauty at 6 months old.   



At 2 days old, Franchesca was a very fat bunny.








Friday, August 29, 2014

Handsome Boy Elfawnso




Elfawnso is a handsome English Angora buck.


His face has some black tipping that shows he is a black based fawn.  In other words, he is the agouti version of a regular tort.





Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Mystery Cat

 
 
 
This kitty appears off and on at Betty's yard to help himself to the cat food.   There is a tip cut off from one of his ears which indicates that he is a trapped, neutered then released feral cat.
 

A neighbor claims that this cat was released in San Jose but somehow traveled some 20 miles south to Morgan Hill.   He is tame and calm but not affectionate to people, he is dark and tall, has a very mysterious quality to his presence.





 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

John and Maureen's Rescued Dogs

 
 
 
 
Four of John and Maureen's dogs get along very well, they are all sitting together after being bathed. Other than the Bouvier, the other three are all rescues from the street.    The littlest one is Roxie who is a good candidate for the Marin County Fair major event: The ugliest dog.    

 

Brad is the other rescued dog from the street.  Being a Pitbull, Maureen usually keeps him separate in order not to risk any "mix-up".






 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Casey's Baby Buns

 
 
 
 
Casey's litter of various colors.   There are white, tort, red tort and red.  


This is a close up shot of the tort, red tort (tort that carries rufus) and REW.


 
From left to right, the colors seem to be red tort, red, tort, fawn and cream.
 
 
A closer shot of the fawn and the tort in the above litter.
 

From left to right the colors seem to be cream, fawn and tort.

Bunnies are not only cute, they also represent hope in the future shows.




 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Debbie's Best In Show Winners

 
 
 
 
Debbie from NC sends in a photo of Libby who won a Best In Show recently.



 
Debbie shares the photo of Hoda who has won a Best In Show as well.





 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nature's Sense of Humor




This pear appeared on Betty's backyard fruit tree. 

Did Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian come to visit?  Nature plays a joke on us once a while.





Saturday, August 23, 2014

Randy and Allen Wins Big at the Colored Angora Goat National Show

 
 
 
 
Randy and Allen are known for their excellent Angora goats and they are also known for their traveling.  This combination brought them to the National Colored Angora Goat show in Iowa.  Allen says,

"We won both champions and best in show as well as 5 classes and all raw mohair divisions. We are thrilled."





Friday, August 22, 2014

Betty Welcomes Dr. Pete





On the day Jeannie and Kathi visited Betty, Dr. Pete also came to visit.  Dr. Pete has been Betty's veterinarian since 1992, that's a long time.

Dr. Pete founded San Martin Animal Hospital and owned it for 30 years.   To prepare for retirement, he sold the ownership of the hospital but still practices there.   He is well known in the Bay Area to be the host of the PBS TV program Petpourri, he writes columns in various newspapers and pet websites, he is now the host of the radio call in program Dr. Pete's Petpourri, read more about it on  http://ksco.com/petpourie




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Feral Cat? House Cat?

 
 
This is one secure looking house cat who is enjoying a lazy summer afternoon.  

Remember Oscar the feral cat?  If not, take a look at him just one year ago in July when he got trapped by Maureen:

http://ncag.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-taming-of-oscar.html

Then in December 2013, he felt secure enough to get inside Maureen's home:

http://ncag.blogspot.com/2013/12/oscar-moves-in.html

Now Oscar is an integrated part of Maureen's family that includes not only the feral turn house cats but also rescued dogs.  More on the dogs later.





 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eric's French Angora Won Best In Show at Greater Pittsburgh Show



It's no surprise for us to see Eric's French Angora winning all breed Best In Show.  Here is another one: HGF I Alone, a lynx doe.   She has won a few other shows in New York and this photo shows her Best In Show at the Greater Pittsburgh show in June.

In the photo are Eric and judge Piper.









Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kathi and Jeannie Visit Betty





The temperature and the friendship are equally warm, Kathi and Jeannie come by to Betty's place for a visit.  Though living only 15 miles apart and seeing each other in shows regularly, this is the first time Kathi and Jeannie visit Betty's place. 

  
Kathi likes Mackie, the handsome boy.

Jeannie loves the two white English Angora bunnies.







Monday, August 18, 2014

Betty's Annual Barn Cleaning Done, Part 3




After power washing, the barn is left to dry out overnight.  What a nice and crisp smell in the morning.

Stacks are wheeled into the barn.

J feeders are bleached and being sun-dried.

More stacks are wheeled into the barn.


All stacks are in, now need the trays, bottles, feeders and rabbits.


Life is back to normal, rabbits are all in their condos and blinds are hung; a long sigh of relief until next August.








Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Big Cleaning Day - Life in the Carriers, Part 2

 
 
 
Not having enough carriers for every rabbit, some have to double up temporarily.  Sisters Jenica and Joelle had not seen each other since they were babies, now they are so happy to be reunited.
 
Jenica and Joelle from the other end of their body.
 

Two bunnies share a two hole carrier.
 

A fawn buck with coat is enjoying his own carrier.
 

The does that have a summer cut are sharing carriers while waiting for their condos to be cleaned.

Got to love the English Angora, they are so good natured.    They can be housed individually or together without any disagreement.



Franchesca who carries a full coat stays in her regular show carrier.

On the left with the light coming in, there is a swamp cooler blowing cool air all day long.
 

Franchesca is trying to remind Betty that her bowl is empty.


McKenzie moves in with her babies inside Betty's family room.
 


 



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Barn Cleaning Days are Here Again, Part 1





Betty has arranged all her carriers in their 3-car garage.

View from another angle.

The next morning, Betty's English Angora filled the carriers.

There isn't a rabbit show going on, the reason why Betty's rabbits are staying in their carriers is for their barn and condo units to go through the big annual cleaning.

Though Betty cleans the cages and trays twice a week, the dust, wool, spider web, hay, ... can still do the job of messing up the barn.

All stacks of cages are taken out of the barn.

The cages are flamed and power-washed.

When the power wash is done, the cages sit in the sun to dry.

The trays are showing signs of wear and tear but they are washed thoroughly.

The entire barn is power-washed, now waiting to be dry enough for the stacks to be returned.