Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Found On The Net: Tokyo's Rabbit Cafes

We all know that there are regular ARBA sanction shows in Japan and we know a lot of our Japanese friends are crazy about rabbits as show animals.    From an article in "Japan Times On Line" we also learn that pet rabbits are even more popular and that "rabbit cafes" that combines coffee, tea and rabbits have become popular gathering places in Japan.   The above photo was taken on January 31 when a customer came to relax at the Ra.a.g.f cafe.  The report says,

"Ra.a.g.f, pronounced "raf," opened last fall in the fashionable Jiyugaoka area in Meguro Ward, and is usually packed at weekends with customers reveling in the company of the cafe's 20 to 30 rabbits.
"I came here during my break to relax," said a smiling woman in her late 20s as she fed fresh vegetables to some of the rabbits.

Customers who want to buy rabbits can purchase the animals from the cafe's breeding center — but the cafe's rabbit "staff" are not for sale.

Cafe manager Maria Fuwa cautioned that customers have to be able to provide suitable accommodations for the rabbits and also must promise never to abandon them.

In Fuwa's view, a rabbit is for life."

The article continues with introduction to two other rabbit cafes:

 "Another rabbit cafe, Usagi Cafe Ohisama (Rabbit Sun Cafe), was launched last year by a pet shop operator in the Shimokitazawa area in Setagaya Ward.

This coffee shop is also buzzing on weekends and most of the customers are women, said cafe manager Asami Yoshimura.  The cafe has about 30 of the animals, but the big rabbit on campus is Naito-kun — who lives with Yoshimura.

Yet another rabbit cafe operating in the same area is Usagi no Ehon (Rabbit Picture Books).
Given the many live music houses and small theaters nearby, it has turned into a gathering spot for musicians and actors.

"I want our cafe to be a healing space for stressed-out people," said Etsuko Kawasaki, who has been running the cafe with her family for the past two years.

The cafe's seven rabbits may not be a match for the hordes cavorting in its two rival establishments — but it does display picture books and sell rabbit-themed merchandise."

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rabbit Shows in Japan Last December

Yumiko says Hi from Japan; she is holding AK's Franklin, a Fuzzy Lop bred by Carol G.

The Nippon Rabbit Club hosted double ARBA shows in December 2011.

The two featured judges are Jeremy and Pam, both from Michigan.

Judge Jeremy examines a Holland Lop.

Judge Pam is checking on a Fuzzy Lop.

Yumiko's Fuzzy Lop won Best Opposite Sex of Breed.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Cat with Two Heads?

Can we convince mama Betty that this is one cat with two heads?

We are BFF, we are two peas in a pod, our two heads can even share one body.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine Sweets

It's hard not to have sweets for Valentine.  

Maureen has her cupcakes and Betty has her red velvet cake.  

How many pounds are added on after these sweets?

Maureen's cupcakes.

Betty's red velvet cake.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Northern California Angora Guild wishes everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Brandy's Valentine Chocolate


Brandy does not need her sweetheart to give her chocolates for Valentine, her English Angora pair have produced three delicious chocolate bunnies for her.  What a wonderful Valentine's gift.

Little chocolate boy says, "Be My Valentine".

Brandy's Chocolate Bunnies.

Brandy's chocolate girl.

Brandy's big chocolate boy.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fawn and Cream

In the Angora color guide, Fawn is a non-dilute color that has brown eyes.  The color genotype is A---C-D-ee.

In the Netherland Dwarf breed, the comparable non-dilute is called Orange.

Both names are accepted as a part of the ARBA Standard of Perfection.

In the Angora color guide, the dilute of Fawn is called Cream, the eye color is gray.  The genotype is A---C-ddee. 

In the Netherland Dwarf breed, the dilute is called Fawn.
Both names are accepted as a part of the ARBA Standard of Perfection.

Dilute is recessive to non-dilute; two non-dilute parents may produce a dilute offspring if both parents carry the dilute gene.  Two dilute parents cannot produce a non-dilute offspring.

On this page, the Fawn English Angora in the top photo is the mother of the Cream English Angora in the bottom photo.