ImageDid you know that rabbits become suspicious of any changes in their territory? I discovered this by accident one day when I bought something at a garage sale and put it in my bedroom. Gideon, the house rabbit who taught me so much about his kind, reacted in a completely unexpected way than I imagined when he discovered what I had bought.

From When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies), here’s the hilarious story of how my fur friend came nose to wheel with my purchase.


On the same Saturday that Heather and Jason returned for their bunnies, I went to a neighbourhood garage sale. Among all the items in the driveway was an exercise bike. When I found out that it was only five dollars, I bought it. Then I realized that I’d have to lug it the three blocks back to my home.

As I consoled myself with the fact that it was a nice afternoon and that I had plenty of time, the woman who was looking after the sale took pity on me.

“How far do you live from here?” she asked. I told her.”We could give you a lift home if you want.”

Accepting her kind offer, I loaded my things into the car and the bike was in my bedroom in a matter of minutes. Meanwhile, Gideon felt impatient to be freed from his cage and when I opened the door, he raced out to survey the house, not knowing what awaited him in his territory.

Once my sock hurler arrived at the bedroom door, he froze. The poor guy was shocked and it took him a few minutes to work up the nerve to approach and sniff the bluish-grey metallic monster. I had never before seen his ears so far forward or his pink eyes so wide open.

He crept up to the metal invader and acted as if it might pounce on him at any moment. When it didn’t move and attack him, he gave it an intense sniffing. A half hour later, Gideon was still leery of it, but eventually he became used to the exercise machine.  


When a Man Loves a Rabbit contains many more fascinating stories of life with house bunnies. These range from the tragic to the hilarious. To read more about this book and to order it, visit the page.


Author: bruce Atchison - author

I'm a legally-blind freelance writer as well as the author of three memoirs and scores of articles. Contact me for details.

One thought on “MY SUSPICIOUS RABBIT.”

  1. This is a cute story. I think all animals are suspicious of changes in their territory. I remember when I met a friend’s new cat for the first time. We lived in an apartment building, and her apartment was down the hall from mine. When I went down the hall to visit her, I was wearing cat slippers. Princess snarled at the two upside down cats, as they came toward her. I took off the slippers and placed them on the floor. After sniffing them and realizing they were harmless, she walked away. I never developed a rapport with that cat, even though i never wore the slippers to my friend’s apartment again.

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