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I guess a better question is why doesn’t everyone love the Red Door Animal Shelter.  If you were one of the lucky 7 people to hear my talk at Blog World Expo you’d know that I volunteer at a shelter and play with rabbits to help me unwind after a long hard day of watching TV and playing The Sims 2.  Yeah don’t hate me because my job is cooler than yours.

Tonight I went and played with one of my favorite bunnies they have right now.  Her name is Delilah and she’s been pretty neglected all her life.  She was the pet of some med students who never really played with her and in the end dumped her at Red Door.  The poor girl has no idea how to deal with people and seems angry at the world.  She lunges at the other volunteers and staff and almost everyone there is afraid to play with her. 

Despite all the warnings I’ve received from everyone I decided to sit with her about two months ago.  I didn’t try to pick her up or even approach her.  I just sat in a pen with her while she ate.  After she finished she came up to me hesitantly and sniffed me.   Then she marked me with her scent gland under her neck and hopped away.  Aha!  She likes me.  So I slowly introduced my hand to her and let her sniff it first and then slowly started to pet her.  It took a few tries and she ran away scared but eventually she lay down for me and put her head to the ground like my bunnies do when they want to be groomed.  We totally bonded that night and I was so sad the next week when I came to the shelter and Toni told me she had gone home with a foster parent.  I was happy for her to be on vacation from the shelter but sad that I didn’t get to play with her.  She was sent to a foster home that takes troubled bunnies and usually sends them back happier and less aggressive.

Then tonight she was finally back.  Toni told me she was still nipping at people but was slightly more calm.  A new young girl who started volunteering at Red Door while I was in Vegas warned me that she’s a nasty bunny.  I told her, no, I know Delilah, she’s a sweetie, she’s just shy and misunderstood.  I was thinking in my head, maybe she’s just nasty because you call her names…hehe.

I got in the cage with Delilah and played with her the whole time we were there.  I feel so bad because apparently she hasn’t been friendly with anyone else and I’m the only one she doesn’t bight.  I wish I could take her home with me but two bunnies= nice pets, but three= a zoo.  If she’s still having issues next week though I might have to ask to foster her for a few weeks.  Maybe I can get her to love other people.

On a happier note, this weekend the Shelter is having a Cookie Walk.  I’m baking some yummy cookies to sell and there will be lots of goodies and local artists selling holiday crafts all to raise money for the shelter.  If you live in the Chicago area come on by Sunday from 11 am to 4:00 pm to the Indian Boundary Cultural Center, 2500 W. Lunt street.

I think I’m going to bake my cookies tomorrow if I have time and post pictures if I can find my camera.  I’m thinking short bread cookies with white and dark chocolate frosting in of course bunny shapes. 🙂

Last but not least check out this picture of the adorable Delilah:

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