History of Ralph's Rabbit Ranch

History of Ralph's Rabbit Ranch

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rabbit Fact # 9

Rabbit meat is all white tender, juicy meat.  Its full of protein and it is an ideal meat to add to your diet.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Guard of The Tomb

This post has absolutely nothing to do with the Rabbit Ranch however it has everything to do with being an American.  A friend of mine shared it with me and I thought the least I could do is share it with you with Veterans Day rapidly approaching. 

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As very interest read

Most of us are aware there is monument in Washington DC to pay homage to the unknown soldiers who died fighting in an American battle. Most refer to this monument as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; however its official name, as designated by Congress, is the Tomb of the Unknowns.

To help appreciate and understand this monument here is an interesting fact you might want to read.

As Hurricane Isabelle approached the east coast back in 2003 members of the Senate and House scurried to evacuate Washington DC and for the first time in history the military sentinels assigned to Guard The Tomb were given permission to suspend the assignments and evacuate the city.

Every guard respectfully declined, they all volunteered to stay and man their posts. Subjected to hurricane force winds and hit with pelting rain the guards continued to march. Their refusal to suspend their duties meant The Tomb has been continuously guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since it was inaugurated back in 1930.

If you enjoyed that fact you might enjoy this trivia as well.

The military personnel who apply for Tomb Guard Duty must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and have a waist size that does not exceed 30 inches

Individuals selected for this assignment must serve a 2 year tour of duty. During this two year assignment all guards take an oath not to drink any alcohol on or off duty

Newly assigned guards are required to study and memorize the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Among the notables interned at Arlington are President Taft, Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII, and Joe Lewis the great American boxer

Guards are assigned shoes that have specially made thick soles to keep the heat and cold from affecting their feet. Each shoe also has a metal heel plates that extends to the top of the shoe to ensure a loud, distinctive click is made when the guards come to a halt

Every guard is required to wear gloves while on duty. All guards wet their gloves before reporting to duty to prevent them from losing their grip on the rifle they carry 

Guards take 21 steps to cross the tomb – the 21 steps allude to a twenty-one gun salute

After walking across the Tomb the guards execute an “about-face” then wait 21 seconds before they begin their return walk back across the tomb

Guards carry their rifles on the shoulder facing away from the tomb. After walking across The Tomb and executing their “about-face” guards move their rifles to the outside shoulder

During the summer month’s guards change shifts every 30 minutes; during the winter months every hour

The Tomb is guarded twenty-four hours a day - 365 days a year

When guards successfully complete their two year assignment as a sentinel they are awarded a special lapel pin – a Wreath - to signify they served as a

Guard Of The Tomb.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Rabbits - Coctails & Taxes. Something to think about

In a small rural community ten boys graduated from High School and went to work at a local rabbit ranch. As luck would have it each boy qualified for a different job. Their jobs ranged from Rabbit Feeders to Sales & Marketing and each boy was paid a different wage rate.  

The years flew bye yet their friendship and loyalty to the rabbit ranch remained strong. When the boys turned 21 they began to meet at a local bar for cocktails on Thursday nights. After leaving the ranch they’d sip their drips, talk about the old HS football team, how their families were doing and how their work was going at the rabbit ranch. When the night came to an end their bar tab was generally $100.

They all knew there was a significant difference in their pay so they came up with a plan they thought would be best for all to pay their bar tab. The first four boys (the lowest paid of the ten) were allowed to pay nothing. The fifth boy was asked to pay $1.00 while the sixth boy was asked to contribute $3. The seventh agreed to lay down $7 and the eighth boy tossed in $12. The ninth gladly kicked in $18 and the tenth boy (the one with the highest paying job) coughed up the remaining $59.

They used this arrangement every Thursday until one week when the bar owner threw the boys a curve. He walked over to their table and handed them the bill and he said: “You boys are such wonderful customers; you have been coming here for over two years every Thursday having a good time. I am going to reduce your bar tab by $20. From now on when you boys come in on Thursday’s you will only have to pay $80 not the regular $100.00.

The boys were delighted with the owners new offer and they quickly agreed to still continue to use a sliding scale to pay their new bar tab. As before the better paid friends agreed to put in a bigger share to pay the tab; however they were not sure how to divide up the $20 reduction?  

They still felt the first four should not have to pay anything; but if they divided the $20 savings offered by the owner by six that would mean a $3.33 savings per boy.  If they subtracted $3.33 from each of their current shares, the fifth and sixth boy would both wind up receiving money for their night of drinking and that just didn’t seem right.  

Seeing the dilemma the boys were in the bar owner suggested perhaps they should use the same system Washington DC uses to compute income taxes. The boys thought about it and agreed to give it a try; they let the bar owner calculate their new reduced shares based on the federal income tax system.

Under the new reduced pay system the fifth boy like the first four, would pay nothing (a 100% savings). The sixth boy would now only have to pay $2 instead of $3 (a 33% saving). The seventh boy would now pay only $5 instead of $7 (a 28% saving) and the eighth boy would now be required to pay $9 instead of $12 (a 25% saving). Finally, the ninth boy would be required to contribute $14 instead of $18 (a 22% saving) and the tenth boy – the highest paid boy at the ranch - would only pay $49 instead of $59 (a 16% saving).

Proud of his comprise solution, the bar owner was certain the boys were all better off now than before.  

Using the new system the boys paid their $80.00 bar tab then left the bar. Once outside they began to re-think the new pay plan. “I only got one dollar out of the $20 savings,” declared the sixth boy!” and then he pointed to the tenth boy and said” but he got a $10 savings!” 

“That’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved one dollar too and it isn’t fair that he gets ten times more of a benefit than me!” “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I only got $2? I guess my Dad was right, the wealthiest always get all the breaks!”

Just then the first four boys who paid nothing stepped forward and said “what the heck are you guys complaining about? Look at us; we didn’t get any savings at all from the $20.00 reduction. This new system sucks - we are the ones who are being exploited!”

The nine boys were now all so worked up and irate with the new system that they surrounded the tenth boy and beat him up and left him bleeding in the street as they walked home. The next week, after leaving work at the rabbit ranch ,the nine boys met at the bar for their weekly night out; however the tenth boy never did show up.  The nine boys who went out still had their drinks and conversations without him.

Just like always towards the end of the night the bar owner came over to their table and handed them the bar tab. The nine boys quickly realized that they did not have enough money between them to cover even half the bill.

And that, boys and girls is the problem we will face every time someone comes up with an idea to make our federal income tax system fairer. Some people will always be unhappy with the changes. Regardless of who proposes reductions the wealthy will always be the ones to receive the greatest reduction.

So the next time someone suggests we tax the wealthier workers at the rabbit ranch more just because they have better paying jobs keep in mind they might not show up on Thursday night anymore. In fact, they might just start going to a bar overseas on Thursdays where there is a friendlier atmosphere and they believe they are treated better.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Practice makes Perfect So We Practice Alot

The weather was so good today Ralph took Peter, Bucky and Victor out again into the training ring to help them practice their jumping skills. Here is Ralph with Bucky. All three have now made it to the four bar level  which is a pretty significant feat for one ranch to have that many rabbits all able to jump that good.

If they all keep jumping at this level Ralph plans to enter all three of them in the Nationals. This year's Rabbit Jumping Nationals will be held Des Moines, IA in September  on the18th.  With two month left to train, Ralph thinks we can capture at least two medals in September; hopefully both will be gold.  

If you. your company or anyone you know would be interested in sponsoring either Peter, Bucky or Victor let us know as soon as possible we need to order their vests and hats in the next few weeks.

And remember next year's Nationals (2013) will be held in Oregon. We are looking forward to going to the west coast hopefully we can get several local friends to make a road trip with us.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rabbit Fact # 7 Special Diets

It is very common for rabbit meat to be incorporated into  special diets especially for senior citizens, patients with heart disease and those who need to ensure signficant weight loss.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Can Rabbits Swim

When visitors come out to the ranch on the weekly tours they see the lakes and rives and we get a lot of questions always wanting to know if Rabbits can swim.

Before we give the "official answer" we would like to know what you think.,

Can rabbits swim?

Yes or No?

Please share your thoughts in a comment.



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Just curious!  Will any of you be having rabbit over the Memorial Day Holiday?

If so how will you preparing your rabbit?   Please share any tasty recipes you might have.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Rabbit Fact # 6

France is the world’s largest supplier of gourmet rabbit meat and largest buyer of rabbit meat in the world.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Rabbit Fact # 5

A typcial rabbit litter can range in size from as few as 4 kits up to 12 kits.

(Yes, kits are what baby rabbits are referred to.  They are not officially bunnies as most people think)   

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Rabbit Fact # 4

Did you know that rabbits can mate as early as 3 months of age and their normal gestation period from conception to birth  is only 31 days.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Interesting Jackalope Information

Someone sent me information they received from Kristal Lee's blog on the legend of the Jackalope. There were seven points about the Jackalope I did not know and would like to share with you.

1) The Jackalope is horned rabbit known for its aggressive and sometimes prankish behavior

2) Many scientist believe its a crossbreed between male jackrabbits and female antelope

3) The Jackalope is said to have an uncanny ability to mimic human voices

4) Jackalopes are very vocal during thunderstorms

5) Jackalope milk is highly prized because of its medicinal and aphrodisiac properties 

6) To catch a Jackalope leave a bottle of whiskey in an area where Jackalopes are suspected of inhabiting. Jackaopes love the taste of whiskey and will drink until they are drunk.  Once they are drunk it is easy to capture them

7) Jackalopes are believed to be cousins of the wolperdinger in German and the skvader in Sweden

In addition to Kristal Lee's blog information she recommends you check out these websites as well.

Shope papilloma virus
Legend of Jackalope
The Jackalope Conspiracy

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Anybody Have Any Jackalope Stories They Want to Share?

We are looking for Jackalope stories from our readers.

If you have any stories or interesting facts about the Jackalope you want to share please let us know.

Either post a comment or email us at


Rabbit Fact # 1

Rabbits are not Hares, however they are closely related.

The primary but not the only difference is that Hares have fur when they are born plus their eyes are open.  Rabbits on the other hand are born blind and have no fur.

Jackrabbits are Hare - not Rabbits.

If you have a Rabbit Fact please post a comment and let us know.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Have You Had Your Hasenpfeffer Today?

Hasenpfeffer is a well known rabbit recipe. Though many people talk about Hasenpfeffer few have actually experienced this delicious way of serving rabbit.  In brief, Hasenpfeffer is a farmer style meal that is generally served in the fall around the time of Oktoberfest.

Everyone I know who has eaten Hasenpfeffer has loved it as it is true German comfort food similar to our southern fried chicken. Though there are many recipes for Hasenpfeffer however a basic definition of Hasenpfeffer is: It is breaded rabbit fried in bacon grease that is served with potato pancakes, rye bread, and beer. 

If you have a Hasenpfeffer recipe you would like to share please do so here.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tell Us Which Fine Dining Establishment You Enjoy Rabbit

We would love to know the places where you enjoy rabbitIs there a special way they prepare it and is it always on the menu?
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