Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, April 01, 2006

King of Free Throw Meets Queen Emilia

This is Dr. Tom, a retired podiatrist and the King of Free Throw.

After helping his patients with foot problems for over 40 years, he retired at 70 years old. He said, "I had a mid-life crisis, I don't know what to do." Remembering his love for basketball in college, he decided to practice free throw. He bought all the books and videos and studied them seriously. Within one year, he was better than any of the books and videos he had ever read and seen.

On November 15, 1993 when he was 71, he made 2,750 free throws in a roll without a miss, it took him 12 hours to complete. Guinness Book of Record lists him as the greatest free throw shooter of all time, and so far his record is still intact.

Betty met Dr. Tom in Los Angeles. He is now 84 years old and still as healthy and strong as one could be, and he still free throws. While others are intrigued by his life, he is intrigued by Betty's English Angora. In the top photo, he is sitting next to Betty's rabbits with his famous basketball. In the second photo, he is holding Betty's multiple Best In Show winner Chu's Emilia.

For more about Dr. Tom, visit

Friday, March 31, 2006

Noah, A Smart Dog

Noah, a yellow lab, is smarter than a lot of human. Believe it or not, he can count and do arithmetic without a calculator!

Noah and his dad Gary flew to Los Angeles from Heath, Ohio. Gary was a little worried about the flying and having Noah in the cargo hold. Everything worked out well. Delta was the carrier, and as we know, Delta does a great job in flying rabbits too.

Gary has owned Noah since he was a puppy, he taught Noah how to do basic math. Now at 3 1/2 years old, Noah can add, subtract, multiply, divide and even do basic algebra. He can also count out letters of a word.

In the top photo, Betty gets to take a picture with Noah on a very comfy sofa. In the second photo, Noah meets Chu's Emilia and counts out to his dad with the number of English Angora in the rabbit carriers. In the third photo, Noah's dad Gary gets to hold Emilia, Betty's multiple Best In Show winner.

Gary owns a feed store in Heath, Ohio, east of Columbus. His store, Triple FFF Drive-Thru Feed Store, sells rabbit pellets along with other animal feed. If any of our readers are close to that area, you may want to stop by to buy some feed. Noah will help to calculate the change Gary needs to give you.

Fore more about Noah, check out an article in a local newspaper in Ohio

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Tyson, the Skateboarding Bulldog

Betty went down to Los Angeles for an interesting gathering. Among some of the most interesting people and animals, there was the famous Tyson the Skateboarding Bulldog. Tyson has been everywhere on TV, video, websites and print media. If one googles "Tyson the Skateboarding Bulldog", there are over one million websites containing this name. Here is a website with hundreds of his photos. Make sure you click the videos on the site, you won't believe what he could do until you view these videos.

Though Tyson has seen many things/animals and gone to many different places, he has never seen an English Angora. In the bottom photo, this is his first experience of seeing the amazing English Angora. He is having a sniff with Chu's Starena. Luckily both are calm and poised during the encounter. In the other two photos, Betty is seen with Tyson and his mom on the top photo and with Tyson and his dad in the second photo.

It was a fun day for Betty. More photos and reports to come.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Eric and Elaine - Show Scenes in PA

Since we Angora people in CA have been taking a hiatus from showing during the month of March, we are showing two photos of shows in PA. Our readers may find the person in the top photo familiar. He is Eric the judge who judged Angora at Santa Rosa in January. He is the ARBA district 9 director and a top judge, he is in shows all over the country. The second photo is Elaine who has just joined our guild. Elaine breeds Satin and French Angora. She shows, spins and is very active on internet lists.

When Elaine sent us these two photos, she said, "Eric and I are both individually doing what we do best. Talking!"

Our readers may notice that the judging coops do not have covers. This is very different from the judging coops in CA.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Tracy's Lovely Satin Angora Bunnies again

Here is a nice photo of Tracy's lovely Satin Angora bunnies. It's not easy to get two or three bunnies to sit still to post for a photo, she was able to get 7 bunnies to line up, what an accomplishment!

There are three or four colors in this group of Satin Angora bunnies from two litters. The darkest two are Chestnut Agouti, the next darker three are Chocolate Agouti and the two lighter ones are Tort and/or Fawn.