Know You're a Rabbit Breeder When...
...every t-shirt/sweatshirt you own
has a rabbit picture/design/saying on it.
...part of the criteria for buying a new vehicle is
how many rabbit carriers you can fit in it.
...you sell all your husband's stuff to support your
...hubby finally gives in and gets buns of his own
so he can also enjoy the shows.
...all your computer bookmarks are rabbit related.
...you no longer check regular e-mail messages--you
only check the ones with rabbit-related topics.
...you clean, organize, and take care of the rabbit
barn better than your own home!
...your husband comes home from work and wants to know
what you did during day that did not relate to rabbits.
...you stay up all night on the 31 day of pregnancy
to make sure a first time doe kindles without problems.
And then she goes over her due date!
...nobody can sit on the couch because of the big
box of Oxbow timothy that's sitting there.
...your only kid is 29 years old, and yet there are
always half a dozen jars of Gerber Spinach in the cupboard.
...you spend more time in the rabbit barn than in
...you want to go to National Convention more than
any other place in the world.
...you infect the whole family with "the rabbit
...you look at the rabbits in the pet store and tell
your mother exactly why they ended up there. (Blaze
is too narrow; ears are too long; etc.)
...your family spends more on rabbit food than on human
...you bawl like a baby when your litter of bunnies
dies, but when your second cousin (however many times
removed) dies, you cry just a little bit. (I didn't
know her very well.)
...the threat of losing your rabbits can, and will,
make you do anything.
...you have long conversations with your rabbits.
...the rabbits start to answer back when you have those
...most of your white sweatshirts have bunny spray
stains on them because that's always what you're wearing
when you have to check on the rabbits. (These stains
never come out!)
...most of your t-shirts have tiny little holes in
them from rabbit nails, and they get bigger every time
you see 'em!
...you have certain shoes that you are allowed to wear
into the barn but not into the house. You have more
of these special shoes than the ones allowed in the
house! (Funny how they all tend to become those special
...everything you own is covered in rabbit hair.
...all your conversations with people end up about
...you travel farther to get a rabbit than you would
to visit relatives.
...all your rolls of film are of your rabbits rather
than of all those precious family moments.
...you lie awake sleepless all night thinking about
nothing else but your doe that is due to kindle at
...you are checking the Rabbit Web message board for
new messages at 2:00 A.M.!
--Lynelle from Oregon
...your rabbit slippers have been so groomed by the
other rabbits that they need to be replaced.
...you are happy when you see "weeds" in
...you get veggies from the 24-hour store in the middle
of the night.
...the people at the store know the greens are for
rabbits, and they know the rabbits' names but not yours.
...you can't explain to your husband how those new
cages got into the rabbit shed...and it appears that
they are already occupied...maybe he just didn't count
right the first time.
--Beth in NC
...your shirts now seem to be angora sweaters, but
you know you didn't buy them that way.
...the phone rings and hubby says for you to get it
cause it is just going to be some rabbit person who
doesn't want to talk to him.
...you know the entire background on every pedigree
lineage, but you don't even know who is in your own
...you schedule vacations around a convention, and
if your relatives live near by, lucky them, they gain
company for a week or at least get to see you in between
...your hubby, who has nothing to do with rabbits,
knows that when it's his payday, it's time to buy rabbit
...you know what day Saturday is (because you are going
to a show), but you have a hard time remembering what
any other day of the week is.
...you bring an ice chest to a show that has nothing
in it for you, only things for the rabbits (ice bottles,
carrot sticks, etc.).
....your rabbitry first-aid kit has everything and
yours in the house doesn't ever seem to even have a
.... you taste the rabbit feed at the feed store to
make sure that it is fresh enough to feed your rabbits,
but you'll eat old human food as long as it's not moldy.
(My son does this and makes the guy at the feed store
ralph every time).
...every room in your house has rabbits as the main
theme to the room décor. (I even have four-foot
Bugs Bunny in my front room window for the world to
...you won't let your husband spray weed killer because
the rabbits won't have snacks.
...the truck salesman tells you the ease of loading
rabbits is why you should buy the vehicle.
...you visit friends and relatives only if there's
a rabbit show nearby.
...you look for wallpaper with rabbits on it, and
you find one
...the main reason you hold a job is to pay for feed.
...your pockets are wet and wiggle while you work.
...you can hold forth on almost any topic and relate
it all to rabbits.
...your college instructors hide when they see you
coming to ask more questions about how beef/sheep/swine/dairy
information can be applied to rabbits!
...you plan your vacations around your doe's kindling
dates and come home early because you don't trust anyone
else to handle any emergencies.
...all of your real friends love bunnies too.
...you become a 4-H Rabbit Leader, so you can share
the love for bunnies with the youth.
...two of your 10 4-H rabbit kids start their own rabbitries.
...the only phone calls for you are rabbit related.
...you know your rabbits and their sire and dam's ear
tattoos, and that is a lot to remember with 30+ rabbits!
...you include a stop to buy rabbits on your family
...you can't wait for the next doe to kindle, so you
can see what lies under the fur!
...you breed just the right buck and doe, only to get
so-so bunnies from them.
...you finally get a whole litter of showable bunnies,
and that was from one of those just so-so does you
...you make new friends and help breeders of all breeds
of rabbits on the Rabbit Web.
--Carol from Arizona (AC Rabbitry)
...your new clothes are covered with nestbox fur.