Rabbits put themselves on the map three millennia ago when Phoenician sailors landed on the Iberian Peninsula and saw scores of furry creatures skittering about. They dubbed this port i-shepan-ham—Land of the Rabbits—which mutated into Hispania, or what we folks call Spain. In these last 30 centuries, rabbits themselves have undergone their own changes as breeders molded them into fluffball Angoras, supermodel-slender Belgians, bumblebee-striped Harlequins, and mohawked Lionheads. And you can check them all out this Sunday at the California Rabbit and Cavy show, which is like the Westminster Kennel Show for people addicted to cuteoverload.com. Cavy is the proper name for your kid sister’s guinea pig, and they come in as many curly, flouncy, sherbet and spiky flavors as their rabbit cousins. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a guinea pig that looks like Carrot Top face off against a four-legged David Lee Roth clone for Best in Show. We all know about rabbits’ feet, but as cavies are also used in parts of South America to tell fortunes, there’s no luckier way to kick off the new year. (Amy Nicholson)
The California Rabbit and Cavy Show at the Pomona Fairplex, Barn 9A, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, (909) 623-3111; www.fairplex.com. Sun., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission with parking at Gate 1 on McKinley Ave.