Monday, May 21, 2012

Two Looks at Trouble

We have a rabbit named Trouble.  We didn't choose that name- it's the name the rescue organization gave to him.  When we went to the adoption event, he was the friendliest, most curious, and most active of all the rabbits.  This should have been a clue....

To be fair, we did ask why he was named Trouble.  All the other rabbits had human names- Grayce, Timmy, Joey, etc.  And then, Trouble.  The fine women from Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue assured me that he was just more curious and active than average- definitely not trouble.  

When we brought him home, he was definitely active and definitely curious.  In my first blog post about Trouble, I said he reminds me of a silent toddler - bursts of high energy with naps in between, into EVERYTHING, and riveted by anything new or different.  For the first few months, he caused absolutely no trouble.  

And then.....


(Inspired by "Winter Hat" by Lisa Storms.)

... one day, about 4 months after we brought Trouble home, I dropped Trevor off at school, came home 15 minutes later, and discovered a significant pile of carpet bits on the hardwood floor beneath the stairs.  Bad bunny!

A few weeks after that, Trevor and I put out Halloween decorations.  We didn't realize that Trouble would climb the stairs, squeeze his head through the railings, push the decorations to the ground, and race down to investigate.  Before I knew what had happened, Trouble had eaten the stick arms and the plastic eyes and carrot noses off the decorations.  Sigh.

Not too long after that, Trevor left a library book on the couch.  Later that day, I heard a strange noise and found Trouble on the couch, gnawing on the library book.  Bad bunny!!  We learned our lesson.  Fortunately, it was only a $4 lesson, as I caught him before the book was too badly damaged.

And that's it.  In the 11 months we've had Trouble, he's only caused trouble a few times.  99.9% of the time he is a perfectly behaved bunny.  He ignores cords, doesn't chew baseboards, has never gnawed on table/chair legs, and uses his litterbox without fail.  He knows which areas of the house are off-limits to him.  (This doesn't stop him from going in those areas- it just means that when he goes in a forbidden area, he sneaks over and nudges one of us to let us know he's there.  Then he zips off to explore.  It's actually pretty funny.)  All in all, he's totally awesome.  

And adorable.  Here's another layout I made recently about Trouble.


The journaling says:

When we first brought Trouble home, we never saw him sleep. He would hide behind the couch or in his igloo to nap, leaping up if any of us entered the room. Eventually he became comfortable sleeping around us, but he still wouldn't let me get close enough for a picture. Then one day I saw him sleeping under the piano. I grabbed the camera and got a picture. A picture of a rabbit who trusts and loves us.

The layout is based on this sketch by Shannon White.


It's hard to tell, but I included all of the elements on my layout.  I used vellum for the various shapes.  Unfortunately, vellum doesn't scan well.  But there's nothing like it for creating a page with a soft look.

Any rabbit owners or lovers out there?  Have I convinced anyone to consider adopting a rabbit?  I hope so!  Rabbits are awesome.  

10 comments:

  1. I loveeeeeeeeee the story of how he nudges someone when he's in an 'off limits' area.... he wouldn't make a very good spy! lol! I loveeeeeeeeeeee both lo's!! Just beautiful!!!!

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  2. Trouble is a cutie pie no matter how much trouble he gets into. I loved reading about his adventures. I didn't know you could train a bunny to use a litter box. Very cool!

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    1. From what I understand, rabbits ALWAYS use the same corner to go, so it's just a matter of putting the litterbox in their chosen location. Not only does Trouble always use his litterbox, but he always uses the same corner of his litterbox.

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  3. OMGoodness, that is awesome! :) I love both of your layouts, but the tone-on-tone is stunning! :) I've never really thought of a rabbit as a housepet, which has me giggling. It's great, though! It makes me wonder what our dogs would think of a bunny hanging around? We've joked about getting a baby goat to rough house and play with them in the backyard ... but never thought about a bunny. Just wonderful! :)

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    1. Rabbits make great housepets! I'm not sure how well they'd do around dogs though.

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  4. What a wonderful story, beautifully captured.

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  5. Fun story...I like Trouble. You are the only person I've read about who keeps the bunny in the house. Your layouts and stories are wonderful.

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  6. As a vegetarian for over 40 years, I cannot deal with the fact that some folks...you know what. My daughters favorite childhood book was Runaway Bunny so I have a very soft spot in my heart for bunnies. I have a new stamp that features a bunny and if you send me your address I'd love to send you a few stamps on white cardstock! Hugs!!

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    1. Very cool! I'll send you my address. Thanks!

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  7. OOooh...I've always wanted a rabbit...so I really enjoy stories about Trouble! Lovely layouts too...:)

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