Pao and Monta’s cozy corner

Look at the cozy corner I made for Pao and Monta in the dining area, by the stairs to the 3rd floor and window. I even cleaned the floors and walls in that corner for the first time in, well, quite a while. 🙂

Monta is now nestled more inside the room, looking over everything.

The fence comfortably cordons off Pao for the time being, yet he doesn’t feel confined.

His toilet is safely separated from his bed.

The fence doesn’t hit our feet.

And Pao immediately discovered the toilet and used it properly (good boy!), then looked around and found his new bed and crawled in and went to sleep!

Monta also seems perfectly happy where he is. All is right in Shinkoiwa.

Pao and Monta’s Cozy Corner
Pao’s new bed.

Monta’s birthday post (note for email subscribers)

It looks like the all-important “Monta’s 9th Birthday” blog post didn’t come through well at all to email subscribers. The pictures were messed up, and you can’t see the link to the “Happy Birthday” video!

So – if you missed the good stuff, just click here and see it live on the blog!


Doug and Monta

Happy 9th Birthday, Monta!

Today is a national holiday in Japan – Monta’s birthday! Well, it’s also Labor Thanksgiving Day, but that’s just a coincidence. Today, Monta turns 9 years old!

I got Monday from a Java Sparrow adoption site in November, 2012. Mon was still alive then, and I was looking for a companion about her age, which was two years at the time. The name was just a coincidence.

I went over to Mitaka and met the owner in his car, and Monta was really friendly, so I took him home on the train! The owner sent his cage, and his favorite thing in life – his swing – by delivery service later. I also learned from his former owner some great things about Java Sparrow food, which probably accounts for Monta’s long life. In human years, he’s in his 90s now. He can’t really fly (if he tries, he flutters to the floor) and can’t see out of his right eye because of cataracts, and can’t take a bath by himself. But he still has an appetite, and chirps and sings.

Here are some photos from this morning, and a little “Happy Birthday to You” video.

You can click on the photos to see them in full size.

“Happy birthday to you…”