Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A 20-Year-Old Blower

This blower was purchased right after the 1989 ARBA convention held in Tulsa, OK.

The top orange one is a brand new machine brush, the lower one is one of the two brushes that was in use for 20 years; it's worn down to the base.

The light colored one on the left is the original brush, the orange one on the right is to be installed.

One new one has been installed, the other old one is about to be removed.

The pair of new machine brushes are now installed, ready to blow for another 20 years!

Betty says,

"In the 1989 ARBA convention, I saw Susan Conley using a blower on her English Angora; her rabbits had the kind of finish that no other rabbits could compare. It was the first time that I had ever seen a blower.

I ordered the 'Mini Circ', the same blower that Susan used, immediately after the convention.

In the next 20 years, I used the Mini Circ almost on a daily basis. I seldom take it to a show because it's too heavy. I use an 'Air Force', the orange blower, in shows.

Over the 20 years, the only issues that I encountered were very minor: the switch was replaced once and the hose broke into half.

Last week, the motor would work sometimes but would not start some other time. I suspected that the machine brushes were worn out so got a new pair. Dear hubby replaced the old pair that was worn down to the base. Now the blower is as good as new.

During my research, I learned that if the brushes did not work, I could order the entire engine that would cost about 1/3 of the price of a new blower.

If your blower ever stops working, do not toss it out. It's far less expensive to replace the parts than buying a new blower altogether."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gabrielle Sends More Photos Taken At Stockton

Ray judges WJB class. Elsa's buck (pictured below, Pudge's son) won BOS. (His half-sister, Menn's Jane, won BOB.)

Ray judges the CSB class. Menn's Bennett (below) won BOSV under Ray. (Pudge went BOV.)

Elsa stands behind Pudge. Pudge's last show was the PCRCBA show in Myrtle Point, OR in March. She then had a litter of 7 babies. Those babies are now winning legs on the show table. (Of the three that we kept, they have 9 legs between them.) Elsa has been begging to bring Pudge to a show. Since she was looking and feeling pretty good, we decided to bring her, just to see how she does. She did not disappoint! Pudge won 1st and BOV in all three shows. Elsa loves baby bunnies, but she really loves Pudge!

Elsa kept eyeing someone's balloons. They were so kind to share!!(Dominique and Tyler were both home, sick.)

Casey smiles despite the heat when grooming.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Barbara And Uno

Barbara used to judge shows in No. CA regularly. We have not seen her judging for a while, she had some health issues. Now that she has recovered and become active again, we welcome her back in the show circuit.

Uno is a very popular judge; due to his busy work schedule and being a new daddy, he does not accept judging assignments regularly. At Stockton with a huge number of entries, Uno accepted the judging assignment impromptu.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Doug And His French Bulldog Puppies

We don't see Doug often in rabbit shows nowadays, he is really involved in dog shows. At Stockton he and his partner Greg came with three French Bulldog puppies. The one in the front seeking attention is Sally, 8 months old; the two younger ones are four months old. They are just starting their show career.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ray Judges Angora

Ray judges French Angora with both Carol W. and Gabrielle working behind the table.

Ray judges junior Satin Angora, Carol W. helps with paper work.

Ray checks the nails of a baby English Angora.