We're a very small rabbitry located in northern Macomb County in Michigan.
We specialize in sustaining the American Heritage breed American Chinchilla.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Long overdue update ...

A big hello to everyone! And, an ever bigger apology for the lack of content and communication. I am especially sorry to those who have written and inquired about the availability of our American Chinchillas. To you all I will be responding to your emails as soon as possible.

It's been a difficult couple of years for us here at home. The rabbitry has been holding its own, but we have not been breeding for pairs or trios, or even for showing, as we have in the past. We lost a few of our herd, one of which was our prized Am Chin doe, Jana. Jana was just over two years of age. Her death was completely unexpected and we were left reeling for quite some time. In addition, we lost our last two precious Holland Lops, Gidget, from our original herd, who was six years old, and Poppet, Gidget's granddaughter, who was four.

Hubby and son usually oversee the breeding of our herd. Besides the unexpected deaths, our son is a senior in high school this year and that has brought with it a whole host of activities and things to do. As of this writing, we are in the home stretch with graduation less than six weeks away. And, all the while visits to universities and trade schools have kept us busy in the search for a venue in which our boy could continue his education.

I have been ill with a chronic condition and have needed hubby to help me with domestic tasks. I am facing a fairly serious surgery soon. Recovery time is expected to be 9 months to one year. Our breeding program will continue, but at a much slower pace. News and updates to this blog will be more frequent, I hope.

Wishing you all peace and good health.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

RIP Scooter

We are extremely grieved by the loss of our head herd buck, Scooter Bay (aka Scooter). He passed away in my arms early Friday morning (yesterday). He was a wonderful family pet and buck for our herd. He helped to establish Great & Small Rabbitry.

Scooter was found at the local flea market by my son. Out of the large selection of baby rabbits the vendor had, my son latched on to that tiny little bunny with the huge ears! So, lighter one Hamilton bill, we took him home and the rest is history. Because of this rabbit, we have dedicated the work of our rabbitry to saving his breed, American Chinchilla, from becoming extinct; we have made so many new friends within the rabbit industry; and, we were blessed to have had the sweetest, most loving pet anyone could ever hope for. Scooter used to follow my son around the backyard, very much like a dog, and sit with him in the shade of the tree while he read a book. He taught my son responsibility and conscientiousness. I am finding it difficult to find words now.

Scooter lives on in the faces of his children, grand children and great grand children! This was another very important desire of my son's.

Rest in Peace, sweet, sweet Scooter. The barn and the backyard won't be the same without you, dear bunny.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Welcoming in 2015

It's a new year and we're happy to say that we're still committed to reviving and strengthening the rabbit breed, American Chinchilla! We've made some changes to the premise of our commitment in that we no longer can take in and re-home rescues. This was an extremely difficult decision to make -- we love rabbits and hate to see them battered or abused or left homeless -- but we just don't have the space, the money (vet bills, etc) or the resources (links to other rescues and sanctuaries) that are willing to help us.

Please join us as we enter 2015 with renewed spirits and dedication toward saving this beautiful breed from extinction; compete and display our rabbits in shows expanding beyond our usual territory; and improving our herd.

Many blessings to you and your families and your beloved pets. Our original American Chinchilla, Scooter, will celebrate his 8th birthday this July! (see picture above) He's a sweet and wonderful member of our family and still contributing to the growth of our rabbitry!

American Chinchilla RBA Slogan: "Food, Fur & Fancy!"