When a Man Loves a Rabbit – Learning and Living with Bunnies by Bruce Atchison


When a Man Loves a Rabbit front cover

About the Book

When a man loves a rabbit, it changes his perspective on a variety of subjects. Bruce Atchison once kept bunnies in tiny cages for his own amusement, considering them to be cute but witless beasts. Once he allowed his companions to roam free in his home, and after he related to them on their terms, bunnies such as Gideon, Harry, Esther, Zacchaeus, Neutrino, Pandora, Otto, and Buns taught him the truth regarding their species.

This book chronicles Bruce Atchison’s adventures with his house rabbits and the lessons they taught him. He found that, far from being stereotypically dull fur-clad carrot eaters, these creatures have well-defined personalities. He also discovered that bunnies could learn whatever was to their advantage and had a highly developed sense of fun. For example, Gideon enjoyed hurling rolled up socks between his legs like a football quarterback.

The bunnies Bruce Atchison cared for had strong characters, initiative, and a stunning ability to get into mischief. With the help of news groups, e-mail lists, and personal experience, this author shares the fascinating and heart-warming knowledge he gained during his years with rabbits.


Book Excerpt

One November afternoon, while shopping at Dickensfield Mall, I found a cardboard box with hand holes and no lid. I took it home and decided to play another prank on Gideon.
I placed the box over him and waited to see what he’d do.

Would my bunny bro try to chew his way out?

At first, he pawed at the holes. When that didn’t work, he started nibbling at the bottom edge of one of them. My bunny buddy made steady progress and the hand hole grew larger. He tried several times to hop through it, but broke off the leap at the last minute.

His whiskers must have told him it was still too small.

Finally, he leapt through the new opening and took his bearings. That silly rabbit seemed to be having so much fun chewing the box and ripping it up that he almost forgot he was escaping it. He hopped in and out of his former prison, rejoicing in the novelty of his newfound freedom.

Nothing seemed to stand in Gideon’s way, and even though I was in the habit of pushing my kitchen chair in, he still found a way to get onto the table. My recycling bin, which was next to it, was full of junk mail and I had put off emptying it. My clever lad figured out that he could hop onto the pile of paper and then onto the tabletop. Once, I caught him in the act of hoovering it.

After that, I emptied the bin and set it in its customary place.

One day, I rushed over when I heard a loud thud. Gideon, suspecting nothing, had leapt up and found only air. I arrived just in time to see him staring up at me from the bottom of the bin.

“Why me?” his pitiful eyes asked.

He jumped back out and never tried that again.

That taught me that bunnies can learn if something is to their advantage. It was a useful thing to know especially when preventing opportunities for mischief.


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 About the Author

Bruce Atchison is a legally-blind Canadian freelance writer with articles published in a variety of magazines. He has also authored three paperbacks. “When a Man Loves a Rabbit: Learning and Living with Bunnies” is a memoir of the surprising facts he discovered about house rabbits.”Deliverance from Jericho: Six Years in a Blind School” is his recollection of being sent five hundred miles from home for months at a stretch. “How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity” shows how God led Atchison out of a legalistic house church. Atchison lives in a tiny Alberta hamlet with his house rabbit, Deborah.

Connect with the Author

Contact him at batchison@mcsnet.ca

Bruce posts regularly on his blog


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