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!

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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…”

Monta gets his nail trimmed

The weather cooled off a bit, so I took Monta over to the vet to get his nails trimmed. He was a good boy. And we stopped at a park bench on the way home since he doesn’t get out much.

Getting ready to leave the house.
In the waiting room at the vet.
Getting his nails trimmed.
Relaxing at a park bench on the way home.
Safely back on his swing.