austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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It was a big, big world but we thought we were bigger

So how's our pet rabbit been? Ageing, as we all are, although it shows more alarmingly in his case. We'd noticed him having trouble getting into and out of his litter bins, particularly, and resolved that he needed some bins with lower edges. There are some low-rimmed litter bins, but not many. The only ones I could find in nearby pet stores were for ferrets, and too small for a Flemish giant the size of ours. He'd spill over the edges.

So bunny_hugger bought a litter bin with essentially no lip on one side. This didn't work out quite as we wanted: the surface was too slick for him to stand on, never mind litter on. He liked lying across it, but he's very fond of lying across multiple surfaces. I think it's kind of the way as a kid one of the most comfortable places is lying on your belly on the stairs.

She got a second one, one that came from outside the universe of pet supplies. It turns out there's a secret for elderly pets in the world of gardening supplies. Potting trays offer nice big plastic surfaces with a low lip on one side. So that's what we got. This is much better, generally, for him. He can get over the lower lip quite easily, but the lip's high enough litter doesn't accidentally fall out, and the surface is rough enough that neither litter nor rabbit slip out. Plus, it's got this little shelf in back that he can use to help stand up and keep an eye on us. There may be things more adorable than a rabbit standing up keeping inquisitive eyes and wiggling nose on you, but I'm not sure what they might be.

Not enough? The potting tray came in a giant cardboard box, and bunny_hugger set that up, upside-down, as a little bunny castle. He's quite liked that. He spends a fair bit of time hidden underneath, enjoying the shade and the comfort of having cardboard walls around him. It's adorable, especially when he's wholly hidden and the only evidence of what he's up to is the sound of chewing and a cardboard box wobbling from within. So that might be more adorable than his standing up peering at us.

Also, now that she's seen one, bunny_hugger sees the advantage in having a potting tray for getting the garden set up. We'll probably be getting one for that purpose too.

Trivia: An Etruscan bowl from the eighth century BCE and a Bavarian bowl from the sixth century BCE suggest the use of lathes in their carving. (The lathes are not known to exist.) Source: A Splintered History of Wood: Belt-Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats, Spike Carlsel.

Currently Reading: Conquerors: How Portugal Forged The First Global Empire, Roger Crowley.

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