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

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!"

Sunday, May 18, 2014

On the road again . . .

We're back on the show circuit with some a-little-less-than impressive wins. We're lacking competition -- simple as that.

"Where are all you American Chinchilla loving people!?"

Sat., May 10, 2014
Saginaw Valley & Heart of Michigan Show (youth)
Best of Breed shows A & B ► Jessie Cripe's MARSHALL (buck)
Best Opposite shows A & B ► Scio Valley's THELMA (doe)

Sat., May 17, 2014
Western Michigan Rabbit Breeders Assn. Show (youth)
Best of Breed shows A & B ► Jessie Cripe's MARSHALL
Best Opposite show A ► Scio Valley's THELMA
Best Opposite show B ► Great & Small's JANA (doe)

We still had fun and appreciated the fine work the Western Michigan RBA did hosting the show. Also, the 4H concession stand rocked! And we appreciated what the judges had to say in their critiques.

Kudos to Tiger Country Holland Lops and Willow Rock Rabbit Ranch for taking some outstanding placings, including Tiger Country's Best in Show (A) and Reserve In Show (B) for Nicole's Castor Mini-Rex. And three cheers to Willow Rock for their numerous Best of Breed distinctions in Holland Lops, Californians and Florida Whites in both of today's shows.

We'll be heading back to the middle of the mitten to take part in the North Central MRBA show Saturday, May 24 and the Great Lakes Rabbit & Cavy Show Saturday, June 21. Hope to see you there!