Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, September 20, 2008

John And Erlynn Are New Parents

Baby news from French Angora breeder couple John and Erlynn in Santa Maria. They have become new parents when they welcome the arrival of Falena Marie into this world on Sept. 2.

The top pictures are baby Falena Marie and her birth statistics. Daddy John proudly shows off his little Angel.

The bottom photo was taken in February when Erlynn was in the early stage of carrying Falena Marie.


Friday, September 19, 2008

English Angora Postcards

Betty says,

"I designed two postcards of English Angora and have them printed. They turn out really nice. I will be in Stockton on Saturday; if anyone is interested to get some, it's only 50 cents each to cover the printing cost. If anyone is interested in ordering by mail, a one-ounce postage could cover the envelope and six postcards. Contact me at

For mailing within the US, the postage is 42 cents for one ounce; for international mail, please go to to calculate postage."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dustbunny In Dark Light

Jayne Ann Krentz's book Dark Light was released in late August. It promptly went on the the New York Times top ten paperback fiction list.

Dustbunny Elvis is prominantly featured in the book. As matter of fact, the first sentence in the book is, "ELVIS HAD NEVER LOOKED BETTER." All in captial letters. Here is a summary of the storyline:

"Reporter Sierra McIntyre's stories on Crystal City's ghost hunters--and their mysteriousguild--have earned her tabloid a bit of respect. And they've allowed her to clothe herdust bunny companion Elvis in rock-and-roll style. It helps that she has mega-rezintuition to fall back on...Especially when she interviews Ghost Hunter Guild Boss John Fontana about thedisappearances of retired, homeless hunters. She doesn't want to trust the physicallyand psychically powerful man, but her senses--and Elvis--give her the green light. Touncover the conspiracy within his own organization, Fontana proposes...marriage. Andthough it's purely a business arrangement, there is nothing pure about the attractionthat sizzles between them.."

It's a very enjoyable read especially for rabbit lovers.

As reported on our post on July 17, 2008, Elvis is played by Betty's black buck Chu's Donovan. The video is now included in today's post. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hanging Out At The Office

Two PG&E workers are working at the top of the high voltage tower.

The view of the PG&E "office" from highway 101. There is a net toward the left of the photo.

There are all kinds of jobs, some are relatively safe but some could be very dangerous.

PG&E are working on their high voltage towers on highway 101. The workers are lifted in and out with a cable dangled from a helicopter. This is definitely "hanging out" at the office.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Wonderful Life

Betty says,

"A little over a week ago, my friend Alice asked me to send her some pictures of my rabbits and myself.

Unbeknownst to me, she was making a composite e-Poster for me as my birthday gift.

The line of 'It's a wonderful life because you love me!' is a very nice statement. My life is wonderful with my bunnies' love and their lives are wonderful because of my care.

I appreciate Alice's efforts and thoughts. I'd like to share this beautiful gift that she made for me."

Monday, September 15, 2008

How Old Is Old

How old is considered as too old to be competitive in shows? It's hard to say. For an Angora, it seems that 2 or 3 years old would be the limit for being competitive with some exceptional cases. The BOB English Angora in the ARBA convention in Tampa, Florida was a 3-1/2 year old blue tort doe; the BOSV English Angora in the 1993 ARBA convention in Tacoma, WA was a tort buck that was 4 years old at the time of winning.

Very few wool breed rabbits would still look good at an advanced age; other than the body condition, the wool would be thinning out, just like people losing their hair at an old age. Here is an exception to the rule. Pictured here is AK's Buckeye, a 6-year-old American Fuzzy Lop. He looks perfect in every aspect; body is smooth, wool is primed and he still has this spirit and attitude to compete.

For those who are going to the BVRA shows in Stockton next week, you will have a chance to visit with this old guy who is still as hot as the young studs.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Legend of Mid Autumn Festival

Today is the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, more commonly known as the Moon Festival. It is on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Lunar calendar. The 15th day of the 8th month on the Lunar calendar is the day with the brightest full moon during the entire year, thus this festival is also known as the Moon Festival.

This Festival has a legend that includes a rabbit. Not as common as the other names, once a while it is also called the Rabbit Festival.

Thousands of years ago, there were nine suns that scorched the earth day and night continuously. The earth was in a plight of severe drought. A man name Hou-Yee who was proficient in archery shot down eight of the nine suns, as a result he was crowned the king. Then Hou-Yee became a cruel dictator, wanting to live forever. He had miracle medicine made, with the help from a rabbit, for him that he would ingest and then he would live forever. His queen Churn-O, the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, did not want the people to suffer. She ingested all the miracle medicine, became very light and started flying. She took the rabbit with her and landed on the moon. The rabbit, Chinese referred to as "the Jade Rabbit", continuously make medicine in the moon until today. Churn-O and the Jade Rabbit live in the moon happily ever after.

Many years later, a tradition of eating "Moon Cake" was added to this festival.