Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Marylouise And English Angora

Marylouise Cowan, ARBA Hall of Famer and the creator of the ARBA Rearch and Development raffle along with other contributions.

Fannie was the only Angora in Marylouise's barn that contained lots of top quality Netherland Dwarf, Holland Lop and Dwarf Hotot. Fannie's breeder is Chris O. of MA.

ARBA Hall of Famer Marylouise Cowan passed away two months ago. ARBA honors her by putting her photo on the cover of the current issue of Domestic Rabbits. Her life and accomplishes are detailed in the ARBA Hall of Fame Library Biography in the issue.

On page 36, Charlene Everette, the current chair of the Research and Development Committee, remembers her experience with Marylouise. In one paragraph, Charlene writes, "In 1994 in Providence RI, when at the booth she keep eyeing a beautiful White English Angora and we finally found the breeder and she purchased that animal. Fannie was taking home to Southport Island lived like a queen. I know you are saying to yourself, why would a world renowened Netherland Dwarf, Dwarf Hotot and Holland breeder want an English Angora? She had always admired this breed and wanted the joy of owning one."

Betty was there when this happened, she says, "The year was actually 2004 rather than 1994; Charlene has verified it by our e-mail correspondence. I was at the English Angora isle when Marylouise was there kept on looking at that white English Angora; we had a conversation about the breed and she expressed the interest of wanting to purchase Fannie. My best friend Chris O. is the breeder and owner of Fannie; she was taking care of our fiber booth at the time. I went over and told her to go to the English Angora isle and I'd look after the booth.

Marylouise and Chris O made the transaction and Fannie went home with Marylouise when the check-out time came on Thursday morning."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Dogs, Dogs, And More Dogs At Mushroom Mardi Gras

I am so cute.

I love this concert.

We smell something good.

I am the hot dog.

Look at my bushy tail, isn't it beautiful?

I need the rest.

What's going on?

I am a working dog.

Bye, I'm going home.

It's too hot for me.

Give me some shade.

Physical, physical, let's get physical.

Hay, what's up doc?

I'm so pretty, everyone loves me.

I'm the KING, get out of my way.

I am going home too, bye.

These are the best kind of dogs for Betty.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mushroom Mardi Gras In Morgan Hill, CA

Neighboring city Gilroy has the famous Garlic Festival; Morgan Hill has its own Mushroom Mardi Gras. 2009 is the 30th year of this festival.

Sunny weather but not too hot, it's ideal for a street fair.

Eating and sitting around are fun things during a street fair.

The band plays on stage at the Community Center, people are dancing in front of the stage while the others enjoy the concert.

Adults and kids are trying out rock climbing.

What's cooking?


A Mushroom Mardi Gras got to have mushrooms.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Carol W. and Laura W. Go To San Francisco Zoo

Carol W. with one of her winning rabbits.

Laura is as pretty as a peacock.

Carol is worthy of being a professional photographer catching such a great picture of the lion.

The lion couple at the San Francisco Zoo.

The bear photo was taken through glass in the new Grizzly Gulch enclosure. He is sitting between two huge boulders as though posing.

The giraffe relaxes in the sun.

Carol's another award-worthy shot.

The man was giving one fish at a time to each bird and the woman was writing down the band # so that they would know exactly how many fish each penguin ate. And they feed them as many as the birds want. If they take a fish and don't eat it, it gets picked up and removed from the count. They also have to make sure that each penguin gets one fish that has had vitamin supplements added to it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lindsay's "Fool" Bunnies and "Tax" Bunnies

Lindsay does not breed her French Angora often; when she breeds, her bunnies like to pick a special date to enter the world. Here are Lindsay's April Fool Bunnies; they were born on April 1.

The next litter also picked a special date to join Lindsay's household. They were born on April 15, the Tax Day. Lindsay calls them the Tax Bunnies.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Visit From Shyun And Tiffany

Shyun and daughter Tiffany. Tiffany really likes Aaliyah who is wearing her summer hairdo.

Shyun, Tiffany and a little baby tort doe who is starting to have a show coat.

Betty says,

"My friend and previous student Shyun and her daughter Tiffany came to visit. They brought me some rabbit equipment that they received from another friend. I appreciate the visit as well as the gifts.

Tiffany is a senior in high school, will be attending the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon University in the fall. Time flies, Shyun was not much older than Tiffany when she was in my class. Only when I see the youngsters, I ask myself where did the time go?"

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Samantha Gets A Hair Cut

Samantha in her pretty coat after winning an all Breed Best In Show.

Part of Samantha's coat is hanging off her body.

Samantha looks like a white peacock.

Samantha's wool in closeup.

Samantha's wool in bag ready to be spun or sold.