Animal Rentals Blog


  1. HOW DO THEY DO THAT?

    January 14, 2015 by Animal Rentals

    Ever wonder how animals are able to do the things they do in a movie or commercial?   Recently ANIMAL RENTALS was commissioned for a commercial involving a black cat running across an alley.  Sound easy? Remember, this was to be done at 11:00 pm on a very cold, wintry Chicago night in an alley at The Redhead Piano Bar on Ontario street.  Mobile dressing/hub trailers lined the street while a police car blocked the end of the alley to keep traffic out.  How would a cat possibly perform in this unfamiliar location and with all these distractions?

    Carol, a well known cat trainer, brought a team of 3 black cats; FLUFF, MUFF and RUFF.  They live indoors, but are trained to perform outside if necessary. Owing to the low temperature and for the safety of the cat, the shot had to be done quickly.  Trained to sit where they are placed, all three cats sat still allowing the crew to get the first shot of a cat sitting in an alley.  A short break followed, allowing Carol three minutes to rehearse the second shot.  MUFF was to run from one side of the alley to the other.  To do this, a carrier was set out of camera range where MUFF was needed to go.  Setting her down a couple of feet from the carrier, a command KENNEL was spoken and MUFF went into the carrier. Did you know that  cats can be trained to recognize words?  After a moment to praise and reward her performance, the process was repeated until the required length (12 feet) was reached.  MUFF was ready.

    With a call of  “Action”.  MUFF was placed at point A (the starting point) and her carrier placed across the alley at point B.  MUFF is trained to walk behind her trainer, but since  they wanted her running, Carol had to run through the camera shot so MUFF would follow her and run into her carrier.  Eight takes were filmed with MUFF performing flawlessly.  Satisfied that they had what they needed, the filming ended.  It was midnight.

    MUFF-FEMALE MOSTLY BLACK TORTOISE SHELL

    All three cats and our wonderful trainer Carol needed baths when they got home as they had soaked up a lot of dirty alley water.

    Great job everyone!

     


  2. “PURSE” THE ALLIGATOR–UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

    January 13, 2015 by Animal Rentals

     

     One of the more unique members of “Mindy’s
     Menagerie”  has to be “PURSE”.  PURSE is an American alligator who was hatched in 1987.  With a length of slightly over 5 feet, a body covered in armor and a mouth full of menacing teeth, PURSE comes across as a rather imposing figure.  Actually PURSE, as is his nature, is rather laid back and quiet.  Many people assume that he isn’t real until it is their turn to pose for a picture with this “prehistoric reptile”.   HELLO, REALITY!

    PURSE does not talk but we have an idea what he would say.  He would tell everyone that he loves being an animal ambassador and a member of  “Mindy’s Menagerie”.  He also loves his fellow companions but would caution them not to get too close.  After all, he IS an Alligator and though he may not particularly want to eat them, its hard to go against millions of years of natural instinct imprinted in his brain.  PURSE  He would say he loves his name.  It was much better than the original suggestion of calling him WALLET.

    We find our friend PURSE the Alligator to be mysterious and mellow. He is fierce looking but possesses a gentle nature which makes him the perfect addition to our exotic animal display and to our mission “to educate, entertain and foster caring for and the conservation of our world’s animal kingdom by offering people the extraordinary chance to personally interact with exotic animals”.


  3. MINDY THE MONKEY AT THE KISS KISS CABARET

    January 3, 2015 by Animal Rentals

    ANIMAL RENTALS very own animal ambassador,  Mindy the Monkey, paid a visit to one of her old stomping grounds on New Year’s Eve.  The KISS KISS CABARET on 4707 N. Broadway invited Mindy and her dad Bill to spend a few hours schmoozing with the party goers and possibly take in the show.  Mindy had previously worked at the KISS KISS CABARET when it was on Lincoln Avenue and did not want to disappoint them.  Already booked at a number of parties she managed to allow for a few hours with her friends.  The evening was magic, the people divine and the show utterly fantastic.  People posed for pictures and took selfies with the ever gracious monkey.  What a great way to welcome the NewYear.

    KISS KISS CABARET       MINDY CIRCA (2013)    POSING FOR A PICTURE


  4. LOST & FOUND–TRIXIE GIVES US A SCARE!

    December 31, 2014 by Animal Rentals

     Trixie, one of ANIMAL RENTALS popular models and  animal ambassadors, was no where to be seen early  Monday  morning.   Employees offered various    reasons for her disappearance;  still in  bed, sleeping  in another part of the  building,  exploring another  part of the building,  hiding upstairs  in the apartment  or too busy paying attention to some  new arrivals.  Whatever the reason, Trixie was missing.

    Bill Hoffmann, aided by employees and friends, searched the building from the roof to the basement with little success.  However, a set of keys, one of Mindy’s less favorite toys and a handful of missing pens were found.  The police were notified, fliers were printed and shelters were put on notice.  Bill, like any petl lover, was worried.  For Trixie to be gone for such a length of time was highly unusual as she was well trained and a “people and animal person”, happiest when she was surrounded by her friends.

    It was Victoria, a few hours later, who heard an unusual scratching sound coming from a corner near her desk.  With all the animals of Mindy’s Menagerie accounted for, that sound could mean only one thing.  Moments later a dusty, but still happy Trixie crawled from beneath the desk with an equally dusty tennis ball firmly in her mouth.  It appeared that while attempting to retrieve it,  the little terrier became trapped.  She walked slowly to Bill, gave him her best “I’m Sorry” expression and dropped the ball at his feet.

    Calls were made, posters taken down, sighs of relief filled the building.  TRIXIE WAS HOME!


  5. ADAM MONK ENJOYS HIS CHRISTMAS PRESENT.

    December 27, 2014 by Animal Rentals

    Christmas arrived early for ADAM MONK, the elder statesman of ANIMAL RENTALS.  What do you get a 42 year old retired monkey for Christmas?

     It’s kind of like getting something for your grandfather.  Clothes were out of the equation as Monk practices  the lifestyle of a nudist.  He’s too old to play with toys and is not one to dine at fancy restaurants.  Besides, as is the case with most senior citizens, Monk is on a restricted diet. He doesn’t go out much, but does enjoy his daily walk around the premises.  Finally Barbara, Monk’s handler and caretaker, found the perfect solution to the problem.   So on December 24th, Monk enjoyed a soothing bubble bath followed by a soft, long massage with mineral oil.  By the smile on his face, he really enjoyed his gift.  Thanks Barb.  This was the perfect choice.


  6. CHICAGO MAGAZINE LIKES MINDY THE MONKEY!

    December 21, 2014 by Animal Rentals

    Evidently the writers  of The Concierge column in the 2015 edition of the CHICAGO magazine know talent when they see it.  ANIMAL RENTALS very own animal ambassador, Mindy the Monkey, led the list of critters available for rent.  Mindy, however, is the only primate available in Chicago making ANIMAL RENTALS  your choice when searching for something different.  Besides Mindy, we offer unique entertainment including “exotic” hands-on animal shows, petting zoos, pony rides and camel rides.  Go to Mindy’s Menagerie and meet and learn more about our animal actors.


  7. HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ANIMAL RENTALS

    December 15, 2014 by Animal Rentals

    ANIMAL RENTALS helped spread some holiday cheer at a party hosted by FISHER CONTROLS in Iowa on Saturday, December 13th. Animal ambassador, Mindy the Monkey, dressed in her most appropriate seasonal garments along with Purse the Alligator, Sylvester the Skunk, Ruby the African Grey Parrot and others entertained the audience. Photo opportunities were everywhere with people taking “selfies” with our pets.

    If you want to know more about our exotic animal show, check out Mindy’s Menagerie on our website. You might also want to read our updated page, ABOUT OUR ANIMALS, and see the excellent care our animals receive.

     


  8. LOYOLA UNIVERSITY WELCOMES ANIMAL RENTALS

    December 11, 2014 by Animal Rentals

    Loyola University was the last stop on our college entertainment tour for 2014. Our animal ambassadors, including Mindy the Monkey brought their hands-on animal show at the invitation of the Loyola University Pre-Vet Club. These future veterinarians shared in the fund with their fellow students as they experienced face to face interaction with members of Mindy’s Menagerie. An alligator,chinchilla,fennec fox, porcupine and skunk were just a few of our animal friends brought for the event. Check out our new “About Our Animals” page and read how well our pets are cared for.


  9. WATCH MAGICIAN MICHAEL KENT MAKE A MONKEY OUT OF “MINDY THE MONKEY”

    December 9, 2014 by Animal Rentals

    Our magician friend Michael Kent had some fun with Mindy the Monkey, animal ambassador of ANIMAL RENTALS, at a recent party they attended. Mindy loves magic and having associated with entertainers and magicians from all over the country, she was pretty sure how the trick worked. Watch Michael make a monkey out of well, a monkey. It was all in fun and the audience really enjoyed the show. Thanks, Michael, hope to work with you again. Sorry Mindy took a bite out of your ball.


  10. ANIMAL RENTALS AT MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY

    November 24, 2014 by Animal Rentals

    ANIMAL RENTALS visited McNeese State University located in Lake Charles, LA on November 18th, 2014 with their exotic hands-on animal display. The students enjoyed an entertaining afternoon with our animal ambassadors consisting of a porcupine, chinchilla, boa constrictor,alligator,tarantula and others. McNeese State University was just part of our very popular College Entertainment program which criss-crossed the United States. Our Mission is to educate, entertain, and foster caring for and conservation of our world’s animal kingdom by offering people the extraordinary privilege to personally interact with our exotic animals. Go to animalrentals.com for more information.


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