Hi! My name is Anna Gulling, and I am the 2019 Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeders Association Duchess. I am 14 years old and when I grow up, I want to be a mixed practice veterinarian.
Outside of rabbits, my hobbies are reading, playing with my cat, and theatre. People would describe me as introverted, but once you get to know me, you'll learn I am fiercely loyal and compassionate, and I always have a terrible pun up my sleeve! I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, and I am a member of the Montgomery County Rabbit Club and Judging Team. I am also a member of the Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeders Association, the American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club, and the American Rabbit Breeders Association. I have been a member of 4-H for 5 years, and my family started out in rabbits raising meat breeds.
I have traveled the country to attend rabbit shows, and have met so many wonderful people and learned so much. I currently raise Netherland Dwarfs and Silver Foxes. Silver Foxes were the first breed of rabbit my family raised, and I started Netherland Dwarfs 3 years ago. My Netherland Dwarfs are for fancy and I use my Silver Foxes for meat pens as well as home cooking. So far, I have been pretty successful with my Netherland Dwarfs and currently I am trying to improve my Silver Fox stock. Besides rabbits, my family also owns goats, cavies, sheep, and chickens. This year I am going to start on a Cavy project.
My favorite thing about rabbit raising is the bonds that you form with people and animals. I love that the hobby is always changing and there is always something new to see. I have made so many friends and met so many mentors. Each day is a new adventure when you have a hobby that is evolving with you.