Saturday, February 27, 2010

(Rocky)Marciano gets a TKO

Marciano came to Red Door as an owner give up. His family could no longer care for him. Incredibly sweet and very laid-back, this rabbit was one of a kind - a big velvety, rare European breed called Perlfee.

It wasn't long before a beautiful female lop, Baxter, came to Red Door with her guardians, Liz and Felix. Baxter met a number of boy buns and finally settled on Marciano. Check out Felix's blog on Baxter's bunny speed dates:

Liz recently emailed this update:

"It took Marciano (aka Quincy) about a month or so to fully open-up. He now is a 100% begger. I have no idea where he learned this bad habbit, but when he's out he follows me around 24-7 waiting for either food to drop or for petting." You can see from the picture above that Quincy loves to beg!

Thank you to Liz and Felix(and Baxter, too!) for giving Marciano a loving, forever home.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tattoo You! Get Inked for the Animals February 20 & 21

If you've been thinking about getting inked, here is the perfect time: Don't miss Red Door's Tattoo You Event on February 20 and 21 at Insight Studios, 1062 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Insight is Chicago's most progressive tattoo and pierciing studio and they will donate 100% of all profits from these two days to the homeless animals at Red Door.

Insight only does custom work, so feel free to drop in or email them ahead of time about your ideas. You can check out their artists at []. We'll see you there!

OM NOM NOM (How I tell my rabbits I love them)

Let me just come out and say this: I will show my love to you through food. If I'm feeling particularly friendly, you may just get a batch of cookies or a plate of pasta because you've made me happy recently (velvety, cheesy, sun-dried tomato creamy pasta happy). Good food, to me, is the ultimate expression of emotion. The inverse is true, too. You know I'm mad at you when the coffee is cold and french toast is burnt. Mmmhmm, I go there. Believe me, pancake flipping, vegetable sauteing, pastry baking me is my daily goal. And who makes me that absolutely really, really happy? My rabbits, of course!

Ryo and Shortcake. My duo bundles of love.

So naturally, as this Valentine's Day approached, I wanted to show these two a little special momma-loving. I opened up my copy of Red Door's Just Desserts cookbook, and decided to make them Bunny Treats (pg. 118). They're incredibly easy to make, and so worth it, too! The printed recipe follows, my rendition after:

  • 1 small carrot puréed
  • 1/2 banana, mashed until really creamy
  • 1 Tbsp honey (raw please!)
  • 1/4 cup rabbit pellets, ground
  • 1/4 cup ground oats, ground finely in a coffee grinder.
Mix the puréed carrot, banana, and honey in a medium bowl. Add pellet powder and ground oats. Mix until blended. Knead in your hands for 1-2 minutes. Roll out the "dough" in 1/4-inch thick layers between sheets of plastic wrap. Cut into small cookies. Place cut shapes onto a parchment paper covered cookiie sheet. Bake at 325˚F for about 30 minutes (make sure they are not browning too much). Turn off the heat and let the cookies sit in the warm over for an hour or so.

After I read the recipe (First rule of baking! Always read through!), I balked at the idea of honey in cookies for my rabbit. I mean, pure sugar, seriously? That can't possibly be in their natural diet! I called my trust-worthy resident rabbit expert, Vanessa.

"Hey Nessa, should rabbits be eating honey? I'm reading this recipe and I can't possibly bring myself to feed them these if that's bad for them!"

"No worries, a little bit is fine for them, just don't overfeed them and all will be well!" (You can hear her smiling over the phone, it's a remarkably comforting trait of hers.)

I'm a big fan of Chicago's Green City Market downtown, so I had some raw honey on hand from there. I also had pre-ground oat flour (my dog suffers from Celiac's Disease, so his homemade treats are all wheat-free) - ingredient two no problem. I had to go to PetSmart to get rabbit pellets, but after that, I was in business.

I pulled out my food processor, and blended my carrots till near mush, added the banana, scraped down the sides, and puréed that until practically smooth. I added the other ingredients until the mixture resembled a paste, for a lack of a better descriptor.

From there I used a small scoop to portion out cookies, and used my hands to roll them into balls, and my fingers to pat them flat. I followed the baking instructions as listed, and they came out beautiful.

Shortcake had the best reaction: He took off running underneath the papasan for five revolutions, and came to stop at the edge of the carpet mat. Ryo attempted to hide his cookie, as Shortcake can be a food-thief.

So on this Valentine's day, with love in my heart and buns snuggled by my feet, all I have to say to my sweetheart's is this: OM NOM NOM.

Zoom-Zoom: Bunnies Speedracing into Love

On this Valentine's Day, we wanted to post a shout out to two loving brothers, Mario and Luigi. Red Door transferred them in from Animal Care and Control and, because they were so devoted to each other, we keep them as a bonded pair. It wasn't long before they were speedracing into an adoptive family's heart.

Wishing all rabbits the gift of love on Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Who Dat?

In the parlance of the N.F.L., dat's Zydeco. And we're sure he's happy that his team, the New Orleans Saints, won the Super Bowl! Zydeco is as refreshing as the Louisiana style music he was named after: a delightfully sweet bun full of personality and love.

So no wonder that Zydeco is going home on Monday! Now he's a winner, too.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Venus: Bunny of Love Adopted Just Before Valentine's Day

We always knew Venus, the black and white lop, was a real beauty. And a geniune sweetheart, too. So we're thrilled that Venus was adopted by her foster mom today--just in time for Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Boris = Natasha! Home At Last.

So the duck we rescued from the frozen pond turned out to be a girl, not a boy! And that's how Boris became Natasha. We're thrilled that our outstanding duck rescuers Heather and John agreed to take on Natasha as their own--including all the intensive treatment Natasha still needs for her frostbitten webbed feet.

However, as you can see by these photos, Natasha seems to be having a great time in her spiffy new pen, swimming in the bathtub, and sitting in her extra-softly-padded bed [got to pamper those poor feet!], checking out the computer as "Daddy" shows her some online photos of other Muscovy ducks.

By springtime, Natasha will be able to spend outside time with the ducks Heather and John have rescued. They all live in a fabulous, custom-built duck Disneyland, with predator-protected yards, houses, and swimming pools.

Natasha had a rough start, being abandoned outside in below freezing weather. But now it seems that her life is going swimmingly!