My husband Jon and I grew up given the opportunity of owning pets and raising animals. My husband comes from a strong Italian rooted family that farmed on 100 acres of orchards in Evergreen, CA. As a child he loved all types of animals. He is the youngest of three boys that all acquired several different animals throughout their childhood into their adolescents and carried over to their college years. Such as snakes of different breeds and sizes, lizards, bearded dragons, turtles, fish, birds, rabbits, dogs and of course the ones they picked up while playing in the yard. Jon is the founder of One Stop Lop. Growing up as a child he had mini lop bunnies that would hop around in the back of his half acre backyard. Of course my mother in Le couldn't just get one boy a bunny all 3 boys picked out their bunnies and each one had quite a unique personality. Throughout our dating days I remember all the conversations we had about pets. But the real eye opener was when I went over to his parents house and saw their black labdordor in the backyard eating side by side with his rabbit. But instead of being his childhood pet rabbit, it was a rabbit he found one night out with his friends running wild and he brought it home. The bond that I witnessed between the lab and the rabbit was something I will never forget. I even took a picture of it so I could show my family that the man I was falling in love with had a live and passion with in his soul that was something he was raised with and made him truly authentic . With his strong rooted family values, honest nature and impeccable work ethic we have been blessed with our families rabbitry.
As for myself I was raised around meat rabbits and the love of dogs. I can remember being 5 years old and building rabbit cages with my Uncle. I never knew that the rabbits that we were raising were for besides having an Easter bunny. My uncle was a mountain man by nature and a cook/baker by passion. He would marinate his meat to dehryate with all different recipes and spices. It wasn't until I was told I was eating rabbit jerky years later that I found out what a self sustainable life my uncle was living. By no means do we operate any type of meat pen or skinning in our Rabbitry or do any of our bunnies get put in that situation. We are strictly raising Docile, loving family pets.
A decade or two went by and it wasn't until our youngest child started school all day did breeding even become a possiblilty. I have grown to love bunnies with a passion, I am 100% committed in providing each one with their own individual needs. Believe or not we have bunnies in our herd that have one ear! Yes, the mom bite it off during the birth process. We operate with the motto, "No Bunny left behind" Just like being a mother to our 2 children, I am a surrogate mother to our rabbits. Being a mother is a full time, never ending job that goes without getting paided. Same thing with our rabbitry, it's a full time job that's never ending. Cleaning cages is like doing the whole households laundry, once you think you caught up, boom something happens and everything gets dirty. But there is no greater return than to help people find happiness through the precious gift of a holland lop.
All our rabbits are very well socialized around children of our own which care and work with them day in and day out. We also work with our children's school and bring our rabbits in throughout the school year not just as a petting zone but for educational and therapeutic reasons. All students get a permission slip sent home. My Husband and myself work with the children in groups and teach the history, life cycle as well as the proper handling, care and required dedication of owning a rabbit. We work with the children in small groups and bring in bunnies at different ages and stages. This allows us to give back to our community the experience that owning and raising rabbits has brought to our lives.
We are fortunate to be able to raise Holland Lops. We live in the unincorporated area of San Jose, CA at the base of the Alum Rock Foothills. This gives us the right and privilege to have livestock! Which really makes us a family operated rabbitry. Our rabbits are with us morning, noon and night. We also still own the piece of property my husbands family's farm was operated on. We do not have several people coming in and out of our rabbitry for health and sanity purposes. We are not your typical "backyard breeders" nor raising rabbits for a financial gain at heart, This is our way of life. While making money doing something you love and enjoy is the dream job, we see it as we are living the dream as we are truly honored for the life we have been given. Experiencing the moments that we have, since getting our first Holland Lops has been priceless. Raising quality Holland Lops is not for everyone. Hollands are not the easiest breed to breed, it takes a lot of patience, time, and research to get to where we are today. We do not allow any rabbits that are not from our herd into our rabbitry for health purposes. Before we add any new stock we Corentine the new rabbits for at least 2 weeks. We only purchase rabbits from 3 different breeders. These breeders are National convention winners and are true competitors in the ARBA. We also have our colored lines as well that have evolved from years of dedication and adding in quality winning stock. Our rabbits are family and would never dream of nor but them in a vulnerable situation.
We have been breeding our Holland Lops since 2010. We treat all animals as if they were part of the family. In a way they really and truly are extended family. We have a daily routine that both of our grade school children fully participate in. It is not uncommon to find them outside before 7:00 am in the morning walking the rabbitry and checking food and water. It doesn't stop there around 10am, I will go back and check the grounds open each cage and handle each rabbit. I will then groom them as needed with soft brushing, waterless shampoo, nails trimmed and the most essential part groom/trim their private area and wipe their paws. Making sure they are free of any urine or pooh is something I can't stress enough! A smart man once said "Cleanliness is next to Godliness." I then make sure to go out to our rabbitry before 3pm which is usually peak heat. I will mist them down or add a few frozen water bottles when needed to help them cool down. After a snack and homework our children will then go outside and interact and engage in play with our rabbits, rather they are our adults, juniors are babies. We do not shuffle our bunnies around,we are very particular as to where our bunnies go. Over exposing your rabbits to different situations and elements is just as bad, if not worse than under exposing them. When visiting our rabbitry, we will see all of our hard work, time and countless hours of care shine through our bundles of joy.
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