I found the Dragonfly Hollands website. Site is here if you want to look at it. Kristen Heines, the breeder, breeds and sells Holland Lops. I looked at her site almost every day, waiting for the moment when we would be ready for a bunny and I could bring one home.
For my 12th birthday, my parents bought me an indoor rabbit cage, litter box, feed dishes and a water bottle for the bunny. We didn't know when we would get one; only that it would be soon.
One day, at the beginning of December, I was perusing Kristen's page and looking at the cute bunnies. Then I saw her. On the "For Sale" page. A tiny black tort baby girl. Her name was Elsa. Below her were her two siblings, who were both black. But I wanted her. It was love at first sight. She had crazy ears that didn't even lop, but I knew she was my baby girl.
Two weeks later we brought Elsie Amanda home. She's always been so feisty and crazy. I love her with all my heart, even though her ears are STILL uncontrollable! Ever since I got her I knew I wanted more. And there was no other breed I would even consider. I had fallen in love with the Holland Lop.
We were going to wait until I was 16 to start my rabbitry. But when we found a free hutch by the side of the road in 2012, it seemed like fate to start it as soon as possible. So I brought home Gracie in spring of last year, and the rest is history!
That's how many breeders start out. They buy one or two rabbits as pets for themselves as a child, adult, or for their child, and get hooked. Maybe they show or breed that rabbit, but in the end they get more. Elsie (below), will never be shown or bred - she'll just be a pet and almost "mascot" of it all. She started it!