God gave me a home.

God gave me a home.

This is the house that I had longed for and that the Lord provided for me. The past 12 years have been the happiest I’ve known. They weren’t completely trouble-free but I feel much better about life now that I live in this quiet location.

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God gave me a home.

This is the house that I had longed for and that the Lord provided for me. The past 12 years have been the happiest I’ve known. They weren’t completely trouble-free but I feel much better about life now that I live in this quiet location.

TWELVE WONDERFUL YEARS OF SOLITUDE.

Living here in this tiny prairie hamlet has been like a permanent writer’s retreat for me. It was an answer to my many anguished prayers for a quiet place near a small town that had a grocery store and a post office. Though I miss being able to take a city bus to any shop I desire, I wouldn’t trade this three bedroom house for any in Edmonton.
 
Since moving from the noise-ridden metropolis, which had been my home for almost thirty years, I have written many freelance articles. My two memoirs were also “penned” here and self-published by a Calgary company called Blitzprint.
 
From my debut memoir, When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies), here is a brief account of how I arrived in this writer’s paradise.
 
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Poor Gideon had to stay in his cage for most of that eagerly anticipated day on which I moved to Radway. Pastor Doug arrived at ten o’clock that morning with his black pickup truck and we hauled about five loads of furniture and boxes into it while my little prince fumed in his prison. Gideon just couldn’t understand why he suddenly wasn’t allowed to roam free in his accustomed way.
 
 My bunny, his cage and litter were taken on the last trip that evening. I worried that he’d stress in the carrier, which we had put in the truck cab, but the hour-long trip didn’t bother him too badly. Maybe he’d given up being free by that time.
 
Doug left my place a little after midnight and I was so weary from hauling things that I put Gideon’s cage in the bathroom, placed his litter box by the tub and gave him his pellets. Once again he went into his head-bobbing routine. He periscoped and put his paws on the tub and toilet, trying to get a better view of the new place.  
 
I was about to lock Gideon in the cage again when I realized I could contain him in the room. It was about five feet by twelve and he had plenty of space. Bathrooms are great places to keep rabbits in because there aren’t many things they can chew on or ruin with urine.  
 
As I went to sleep, I marvelled at the sound of frogs croaking outside my window, instead of the rumble of traffic and the thud, thud of stereos to which I was accustomed.  
 
When I woke up the next morning, I felt like a child at the start of summer vacation. I was free of the city racket and I actually slept without earplugs for the first time in years.  
 
As soon as I was out of bed, I visited Gideon. He had enjoyed the night and to my delight, he used his litter box where I’d placed it. I feared he’d pee somewhere inconvenient, like in the doorway where I’d step in it.
 
Though I was extremely busy unpacking, I let Gideon explore the laundry room that was next to the bathroom. It was about the same shape and size, and the appliances weren’t installed yet. Gideon had a great time conquering that area. In addition to his periscoping, he kept hopping between the bathroom and laundry room as if he were memorizing the route.  
 
My little prince seemed delighted to have two new rooms to call his own and I videoed him putting his paws on things and hopping around. My bunny boy’s innocent happiness gladdened my heart and made the chore of unpacking that much easier.
 
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When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies) and Deliverance From Jericho (Six Years in a Blind School), my second memoir, are available at the http://www.bruceatchison.blogspot.com site.

Rabbits in the home.

Rabbits in the home.

This is Deborah, a rabbit who currently shares my home. She’s a great and affectionate companion for a bachelor such as myself. Rabbits are the perfect blend of sweetness and charm. They do cause mischief but they more than make up for it with their curiosity and playfulness.

Rabbits in the home.

This is Deborah, a rabbit who currently shares my home. She’s a great and affectionate companion for a bachelor such as myself. Rabbits are the perfect blend of sweetness and charm. They do cause mischief but they more than make up for it with their curiosity and playfulness.

A combination diner and toilet.

A combination diner and toilet.

It may seem disgusting to us humans but rabbits like to eat and eliminate at the same time. In the wild, they do this all the time. One way to encourage a bunny to use a litter box is to place hay at one end. They’ll soon get the idea and eat while sitting in the litter box. This photo shows Mark happily eating hay while in his box. By the way, the vinegar jugs, which I filled with water, are to keep the litter box in place That thing behind the box is a cardboard tube that construction workers use for making concrete pillars. Since rabbits love tunnels, I bought this tube and had it cut into three sections. These have served me and my rabbits well since 2003.

A combination diner and toilet.

It may seem disgusting to us humans but rabbits like to eat and eliminate at the same time. In the wild, they do this all the time. One way to encourage a bunny to use a litter box is to place hay at one end. They’ll soon get the idea and eat while sitting in the litter box. This photo shows Mark happily eating hay while in his box. By the way, the vinegar jugs, which I filled with water, are to keep the litter box in place That thing behind the box is a cardboard tube that construction workers use for making concrete pillars. Since rabbits love tunnels, I bought this tube and had it cut into three sections. These have served me and my rabbits well since 2003.

Rabbits can be great pets.

Rabbits can be great pets.

People don’t know what they’re missing out on when they keep rabbits in smelly backyard hutches. Having had house rabbits since 1997, I’ve seen these shy creatures develop distinct and memorable characters. One notable rabbit was Neutrino, a black Netherland Dwarf. Small in size, he had a huge attitude but was also affectionate. He loved being petted but he had definite opinions about being medicated or having his nails clipped. He lived with me from 2001 to 2008. When a friend gave him to me, he was three years old. His long life proves that rabbits can live past ten years old if given proper care.

Rabbits can be great pets.

People don’t know what they’re missing out on when they keep rabbits in smelly backyard hutches. Having had house rabbits since 1997, I’ve seen these shy creatures develop distinct and memorable characters. One notable rabbit was Neutrino, a black Netherland Dwarf. Small in size, he had a huge attitude but was also affectionate. He loved being petted but he had definite opinions about being medicated or having his nails clipped. He lived with me from 2001 to 2008. When a friend gave him to me, he was three years old. His long life proves that rabbits can live past ten years old if given proper care.

Rabbits can be litter trained.

Rabbits can be litter trained.

This is Carolyn in her litter box. Many folks don’t realize that rabbits can be trained to eliminate in one place. Bunnies do this partly out of a desire to establish their territory but they also instinctively avoid soiling their living space. Some rabbits do lose their litter habits due to illness but they generally get in the habbit of urinating in the litter.

Rabbits can be litter trained.

This is Carolyn in her litter box. Many folks don’t realize that rabbits can be trained to eliminate in one place. Bunnies do this partly out of a desire to establish their territory but they also instinctively avoid soiling their living space. Some rabbits do lose their litter habits due to illness but they generally get in the habbit of urinating in the litter.

Harry in his box house, September 2002

Harry in his box house, September 2002

One thing all rabbits enjoy is chewing on cardboard boxes. Additionally, they love it when people cut two doors in the box. In this photo, Harry is enjoying his box house. When I turned it upside down, he reacted as if it was an entirely new box. I did this to keep him from chewing on the carpet and other tempting items. Rabbit teeth keep on growing so they must wear them down on something. I’d rather my bunnies shred paper and cardboard than my belongings.

Harry in his box house, September 2002

One thing all rabbits enjoy is chewing on cardboard boxes. Additionally, they love it when people cut two doors in the box. In this photo, Harry is enjoying his box house. When I turned it upside down, he reacted as if it was an entirely new box. I did this to keep him from chewing on the carpet and other tempting items. Rabbit teeth keep on growing so they must wear them down on something. I’d rather my bunnies shred paper and cardboard than my belongings.