The Rabbit and The Dryer

by Josh on July 25, 2008 · 17 comments

in Journal

Once upon a time there was a house, and in the basement of that house was a clothes dryer.  Every week the dryer worked hard, spinning its drum and burning gas to dry the laundry.  Unlike the stove and refrigerator, which always seemed to be right in the middle of any party, the dryer was shy and stayed down in the corner of the basement.  But the dryer was happy.  It liked nothing more than to do its job quietly and efficiently and not to make a scene.

In the garden of that same house, there lived a rabbit.  Every day the rabbit hopped through the bushes and flowers looking for tasty leaves to eat and avoiding the dog that lived in the house.  Although he liked nibbling daisies and clover, the rabbit longed to eat up the crunchy lettuce, sweet carrots, and other vegetables planted within a fenced garden behind the house.

Every so often, the rabbit would hop along the side of the house, sit at the backyard gate, and gaze at the delicious vegetables beyond.  The rabbit never went past the gate, however, because the dog might be there and because he had no way to get inside the garden fence.

One day, when he had finished gazing wistfully at the vegetables, the rabbit noticed a hole in the side of the house and a cover lying on the ground beneath it.  The rabbit didn’t know what had removed the cover, but the hole looked inviting.  “Perhaps that hole leads to the garden.” though the rabbit.  “Perhaps it is a secret tunnel past the dog and under the garden fence.”  With the thought of fresh carrots crowding all caution from his mind, the rabbit wiggled into the hole.

On that same day, the dryer was working hard, happily spinning its drum and burning gas to dry the laundry, when it was startled by a scratching and thudding in its exhaust duct.  The scratching inched closer and closer to the hot spinning drum until suddenly the drum and the scratching came to an abrupt halt.

The dryer was not happy.  It couldn’t spin its drum.  It couldn’t burn gas.  And there was wet laundry just sitting there not getting dry.  This was not working quietly and efficiently.

As often happened, it took the man in the house a few days to remember the laundry in the dryer.  By this time, the dryer was nearly beside itself with frustration about the wet laundry still inside it.  What’s more, the dryer had begun to notice a decidedly unfresh smell coming from where the scratching sound had been.  What a relief it was when the man finally came to collect the laundry.  “Perhaps now I will be fixed,” thought the dryer.  “Perhaps now I will be rid of that scratching, thudding, stinking thing inside me.”

And so, the man found the wet laundry.  He tried to start the dryer.  When the dryer didn’t start, the man turned off the dryer’s gas and electricity and began to take the dryer apart.  He checked the dryer’s drive belt, but it was intact.  He pulled off the dryer’s top and examined the drum.  He vacuumed the soft lint from the exhaust duct.  He noticed the decidedly unfresh smell.  Finally, far underneath the dryer, the man’s vacuum sucked onto something large and firm.  As the man cautiously pulled the vacuum hose from the dryer, he found the rabbit.

Before long, the dryer was reassembled and happily back at work, quietly and efficiently spinning its drum and burning gas to dry the laundry.  The outside cover was back in place over the inviting dryer exhaust duct.  And a new rabbit was sitting at the backyard gate, gazing wistfully at the delicious vegetables beyond.

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Ethan@OneProjectCloser July 25, 2008 at 11:55 am

Great story! I thought an animal made its way into my vent once… turned out it was a plastic collar making the dead animal smell.


Cara Davis July 25, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Oh my goodness, terrible, TERRIBLE thing that happened, but oh so funny!


Sandy July 25, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Poor wee little rabbit. Poor dryer. Great story… glad the dryer is running happily!


Janet July 25, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Excellent story-telling!


Nate July 26, 2008 at 2:54 am

What a little slice of literary genius! You sure can tell a story. My favorite is how everything was back to normal in the end… even a replacement bunny!!! Can’t forget “By this time, the dryer was nearly beside itself with frustration about the wet laundry still inside it.” I was rolling with laughter!


Mist July 26, 2008 at 9:38 am

*shakes her head slowly, trying not to chuckle*

That’s so dreadfully gross, yet utterly amusing.


Josh July 26, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Glad you all liked the story! This is the third accidental animal death in just under four years of living in this house. First there was a squirrel that fell down the chimney– I didn’t find him until I opened the flue for a fire. Then another squirrel drowned in our tiny backyard pond a couple summers ago. And now I’ve dealt with the dryer bunny. With stuff this gross, you’ve just got to laugh!


Billie July 27, 2008 at 11:45 am



Laur July 30, 2008 at 7:06 am

aww, poor rabbit and poor man of the house for having to find it – ewwwwwww


Sandy July 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm

I’m so glad you stopped by my spot and that you liked the lavender farm. I had never seen anything like that either!


Jenni August 3, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Oh my goodness…..poor rabit and dryer.


Stephanie September 3, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Oh my gosh – poor little rabbit! And poor you!

Reminds me of the time we set our video camera on night-vision to see why our cat’s food kept disappearing while she kept losing weight.

Imagine our surprise when the surveillance tape revealed that a small opossum had been living in our basement – hiding under the water heater during the day and helping himself a cat food buffet at night! The funniest thing was how non-plussed our cat seemed about having an opossum in the house. In the three years prior, we’d added two pug puppies and a baby to our family, so she probably figured that the opossum was just one more creature we’d brought home without asking her…


Josh September 3, 2008 at 12:28 pm

That’s an awesome story, Stephanie! I’m thankful all the wild animals entering my house have had the courtesy to die immediately. Night vision stakeout not required.


Autumn November 14, 2011 at 2:18 am

Wow! You are an awesome writer!!

I am not sure, when the rabbit was found, was it dead or alive?

I hope it was the latter of the two choices…

Great story!


Tim January 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

Sounds like one hell of a dust bunny!


Doug Ables September 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm

This is a very common occurrence we find. The rabbit sees a nice inviting hole and decides to get in. Once in they can not turn around nor get out and it is a terrible fate. Make sure you have a good cover over the vent so this does not happen to you. We extracted pieces of the rabbit and many maggots as it had been in there for a month or longer.


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