A Short Introduction by Rachel
We are a married couple and have lived together for over twenty-five years, throughout which time, we have always shared our lives, home and garden with all sorts of animals we have rescued, or adopted.
Today we share our home and garden with our 5 year old rescue dog Ruby, a tri-coloured Lionhead Lop Floyd, four blue eyed white Netherland Dwarfs Petal, Posy, Cathy and Heathcliffe, and a thirteen year old New Zealand White called Snowy.
Supreme Champion Tom of Waggledance
Together we have over 40 year’s hands-on experience in rabbit rescue, care and husbandry including managing a large rabbitry. We have also responsibly bred and shown quality British and Continental Giants , Beverens and Netherland Dwarfs; specialising in blue eyed whites. Throughout our showing career, as "Waggledance Stud" we exhibited nationally and won numerous awards, trophies, rosettes and certificates for, Best in Show, Best of Breed, Best Fancy and Best Fur.
We also attained the coveted Supreme Champion award for our Blue Eyed White Netherland Dwarf Buck "Tom Senior." We now devote our time to offering a quality boarding service and enjoy caring for our retired show rabbits.
We also care for six ex-battery hens, one Rhode Island Red, and one white Silkie hen.
We have a keen interest in local wildlife that visit our garden, including Woodpeckers, Herons, Yellowhammers, Barn Owls, Little Owls, Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinches, and a cheeky squirrel (see photo above) that visit us daily.
Rescued underweight orphaned hedgehog
Over the past twenty years we have offered a permanent and a loving home to unwanted, neglected, sick and injured animals, including dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, crows, hedgehogs, pigeons and battery hens.
In our ongoing quest to do our little bit for the welfare of our furry and feathered friends, we support a number of welfare charities and heritage organisations including the Rabbit Welfare Association, British Rabbit Council, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, English Heritage and National Trust.
After graduating in June 2010 with an Honours degree in Medieval History, I decided to set up Barnsley Bunny Boarding.
I take care of the full-time day-to-day running of the business including the administrative, care, and practical side, and for several years, prior to the establishment of the business, I have always cared for friends, relatives and colleague’s pets throughout the holiday seasons.
Our business remains an ongoing labour of love and we consciously strive to improve our facilities and offer our clients and boarders a five star professional service.
Church Tower Bells
In the few hours of spare time our business affords us each week, we enjoy spending quality time together, and after visiting local churches in June 2011 as part of the Heritage weekend, by total accident we became involved in Church Bell ringing.
We are Associate Members of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers, and on occasion ring church bells for weddings and Sunday morning service.
We are also interested in all aspects of Beekeeping and are members of the Sheffield Beekeeping Association.
In Spring 2012, we completed a weekend bee keeping course. In 2013 we gained experience collecting swarms and harvesting our first batch of honey. We hope in the not too distant future, when we have gained more experience, to do our small bit for the environment by keeping bee hives in the local area to help the pollination of crops. We are also looking forward to selling our own honey and wax products, and offering a swarm collection service.