It's been a while since I have had a baby bunny here. A good number of years ago I stopped breeding rabbits as my fiber business started to grow and my time to devote to them decreased. There are only so many hours in a day and grooming rabbits does take up a lot of time.
As the years passed my numbers dwindled down to the last 2 bunnies. The oldest(8)....and the youngest (3).
The oldest was a bunny named Copper. He was a fine looking redhead in his day and sired some of my friendliest bunnies. He himself was one of the sweetest and most gentle bunnies I have ever owned. (Somehow I managed to erase my older bunny pictures, so I don't have one to show you.)
At 8 years old I knew his time to leave us was nearing. He had become very thin even though he was still eating a good amount...which is not a good sign. Over the last month I started asking a few of my bunny friends if they had any upcoming litters as I knew I wanted to keep 2 rabbits in my studio for my own fiber needs and because I just enjoy their quiet company when I am working.
I contacted Chris and she told me that she had a few rabbits available. Her girls were older girls though and I decided that I wanted a baby here again as they are just so darn cute when they are little....and I missed that.
I did a google search for German angora breeders in the New England area and came upon Spinakees Farm. Betty told me that she had 2 babies available and one of them was a doe, which is what I wanted, so up to Maine I went Friday.
All the way up there I kept thinking that Spinakees sounded familiar to me, but in looking at Betty's website I didn't see anything that struck a memory........until she opened the door.
Wouldn't you know it.....I had sold Betty a baby bunny a number of years ago when were both vendors at the Fiber Frolic. The amazing coincidence is that the little doe that I sold to her was one of Coppers's daughters. Betty told me that she was one of the nicest and friendliest girls she had ever had. It made me smile.....Copper was indeed a grand bunny and had passed that on to his children.
Sadly we lost Copper last weekend. I was sad to lose him, but I knew that he had lived a long and happy life here with us which made it a bit easier to say good~bye. Sleep well my little one and munch lots of dandelions over the rainbow.
**footnote.... Beeatrice is not a descendent of Copper. Beeatrice is a full German angora from a different line. Copper's daughter lived with Beeatrice's breeder and it's this daughter who Betty said was her friendliest bunny ever....sadly she has passed away as well.
I will say though Beeatrice is pretty darn friendly too. :)