The wacky cartoonist Gary Larson once lampooned the famous annual
cowboy poetry event. In Larson's version, it's cow poetry, with a cow
standing at the podium reading a poem.

Distant Hills

The distant hills call to me.
Their rolling waves seduce my heart.
Oh, how I want to graze in their lush valleys.
Oh, how I want to run down their green slopes.
Alas, I cannot.
Damn the electric fence!
Damn the electric fence!

Well, this city boy found that electric fence wire was not the
problem, but it was the answer to many little tasks. When I was
hanging cages in the rabbit shelters I first tried "re-bar wire" which
is uncoated wire that is used to secure reinforcing bars for concrete
work. The uncoated wire rusts quickly and breaks easily, much to
my surprise and the surprise of the rabbits in the cages.

I then tried some heavy galvanized wire, which didn't rust, but it
didn't bend easily and was hard to cut.

Then I found electric fence wire. I bought a roll of 250 ft for under
seven dollars at the feed store. It doesn't rust, it bends easily, it
can be cut easily. It has enough strength to hold the hanging cages.
You can bend it into all kinds of shapes.

I also found that I can make a quick loop to put on rabbit cages to
hold water bottles after the rabbits found a way to hide the loops
that came with the bottles.

I found that a tarp can be secured with a piece of wire. If you lose a
cage clip or hook, you can make a temporary repair with the wire.
I've even used the wire to attach an empty rabbit cage to the luggage
rack on the top of the minivan to bring it home from a show.

So keep a roll of electric fence wire with a pair of needle nosed
pliers in your rabbit show box for emergency repairs. You'll be
surprised how many times you'll find yourself reaching for the
electric fence wire.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
Sacramento, Calif.
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