Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp
There were a total of 16 Rabbit and 6 Cavy breeds in the show, namely the American Chinchilla, Britannia Petite, Cinnamon, Dutch, English Angora, English Lop, English Spot, Himalayan, Holland Lop, Jersey Wooly, Lionhead, Mini Rex, Mini Satin, Netherland Dwarf, Standard Chinchilla, Tan and American, American Satin, Silkie, Teddy, Teddy Satin, and White Crested. If you’re not that familiar with different Rabbits and Cavies and are keen to see them in person, attending these shows should be added to your bucket list. What I love seeing, aside from the variety of animals, is the group huddle by Rabbit and Cavy parents as they talked about their practices and the animals in their lives. Different companies sponsored Rabbit and Cavy food and supplements, and they also provided show boards and grooming tables. The sponsors were there to showcase their products, which could help human guardians in raising their Rabbit and Cavy companions better. According to a 2011 article by Tonna Thomas published in the ARBA Official Guide Book Raising Better Rabbits & Cavies, most exhibitors consider showing animals as a hobby due to the small monetary investment, and that this hobby attracts people from all walks of life as they meet and challenge each other’s breeding, management, and conditioning skills. Bonnie Schmucker in 2011 published an article in the same book, mentioning how showing animals is not only good for the breed but also an excellent way to let the world know that animals are being raised with care. He also mentioned that the competitive aspect of attending these shows for the purpose of winning must never overshadow the more important social aspects – knowledge, lifelong friendships, and respect for fellow participants. Here are seven questions you can ask yourself if you’re ready to join a show. • Is your animal companion healthy and in good condition? • Are they free from any signs of illness or injuries? • Are you registering them to the show under the right sex, class, and variety? • Are the identification marks intact and readable? • Are their travel cages big enough? • Have you packed their food, water, treats, and supplements? • Have you packed all the grooming necessities and other supplies you need?