Saturday, April 28, 2012

Old School Ronnie

       Ronnie. is. awesome. Such a cool rabbit. He's had a really rough go of it. He was found in a school yard and has had months of recovering from injuries from animal attacks and other awful things that happen to domestic animals that are "released into the wild". Anyone who uses the sort of logic that leads them to believe it's a good idea to just let your domesticated pet go should not be allowed to own pets, or quite frankly, reproduce, for that matter. How well would you fend if dropped into the middle of a forest with no shelter, food or preparation?

        Anyway, I digress. Ronnie is awesome. Really playful, so lovable. Actually likes to be held. He's not big on being picked up, but once he gets there, he actually enjoys being held. He's the best flopper I know, next to my bunny Swatch (who rolls around on his back like a pig before settling down for the two seconds that he decides to rest).

Meet Ronnie:

I suggest you not walk, but run to the shelter to get him. Seriously- he's the coolest.

Thor the Gladiator

      Thor is one of the cutest rabbits at Red Door currently. He's a hotot which means he's all white with black circles around his eyes. They make him look like a super hero. I wanted to use the old batman theme or Zorro theme, but after filming him, I wasn't sure it would work. Normally he's a thumper and pretty playful. He apparently is not a big fan of being put on the spot, so he was not cooperating for the camera. I discussed this with my boyfriend and showed him a picture of Thor. He immediately said, "Oh, that's easy, just get some gladiator music and put some old gladiator movie clips in with it." Apparently, that was obvious. So I figured out how to download videos from Youtube and add them to iMovie.

Meet Thor:

Once again, I don't mean to demonize Sophie. She's such a cool cat. She's just always there.

Astaire the Movie Star

         The obvious recently dawned on me and I decided to try putting a blanket in the pen with the next bunny I was going to record. Rabbits can make due on hard wood or tile floors, but they really show their spunk when you give them traction. I have witnessed many bunny 500 and can attest to how hilarious these little guys really are. My guys will run laps in my bedroom and entertain me for hours- seriously hours- who needs cable?

         I hadn't spent much time with Astaire until I made this video, but let me tell you, he is one funny rabbit. Actually let me show you.

Meet Astaire:

I also think their is something to giving the bunnies a wider pen. Given their field of vision, it makes perfect sense that making the pen wider makes them feel free to show their moves. I will definitely be using this tip for future videos.

Beautiful Beignet

       I had never seen a rex rabbit in person until I started helping at Red Door. Their fur is like the softest velvet you've ever felt. They also have these great angular faces. Beignet is one of my favorite bunnies at the shelter. She's super sweet and loves to be pet. She often reminds me of my departed buddy Kramer. You'll rub her nose and get up to do something else and when you come back she's still holding her head out to be pet, just waiting for you return. 

Meet Beignet: 

I'm not kidding when I call her beautiful. She's a really striking rabbit.

Also, as a side note, Sophie is a really awesome cat. She loves bunnies- or rather bunny stuff. She's become my assistant director for these movies, because she's always up in the bunnies' business.


    The next bunny on the agenda was Marcy. Marcy is a hilarious, feisty, little dwarf rabbit who's been at Red Door for a surprising number of months. Most people come in looking for small rabbits, so dwarfs tend to be a popular breed. Marcy has these awesome anime-like eyes that make her look completely innocent- but she's a real spit-fire. When I found this song, I had to pair her up with it.

Meet Marcy:

    The girls at Red Door think she's looking for a boyfriend. She's always trying to get the boy bunnies' attention and often seems to not appreciate the girl bunnies presence at the shelter. If you want to bond a pair, she would be a great pick.

Lovely Lola

     The first bunny I made a video for was Lola. She is a sweet, shy girl and isn't always outgoing enough to make a strong impression with people who come to Red Door to adopt a rabbit. She's had a hard time finding a home, in spite of her sweet disposition, so I wanted to highlight her best qualities and share her sad story. She's a resilient little lady.

Meet Lola:
    I may end up re-editing her video. I was still learning the program, and it wasn't my best work. If she hasn't been adopted when I finish with the current bunnies at Red Door, I may head back to the drawing board for her.