Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Buying a Bird at the Mall

This weekend my mom and I met our friend Leona for lunch, at noon, which quickly turned into going to the mall and staying there for nine hours as they perused the many Czech clothing and shoe stores. Boring! The upside though, was that we talked Leona into buying a pet; specifically, a bird. We didn't have to talk her into it too much, because she had already been considering the posibility of buying one.

When we went to the pet store and started looking at the birds they had, Leona noticed a small cockatiel with sort of a dappled pattern on its wings, and she couldn't stop looking at it. We went to lunch at a fast food thai place so that she could think about if she wanted to get the bird she had seen in the shop, she decided she had to have it.

When we went back to the pet shop and told the person in charge of the birds which one we wanted the "expert" put on a large black leather glove -- let me note that the bird had been hand raised and would probably gone to her readily -- and proceeded to chase both the birds in the cage around in circles with the terrifying glove and a net until they were both panting, and the one we weren't getting had cut its wing on the side of the cage from thrashing, so that there was blood all over the place. Obviously, she just didn't know how to handle a bird that well.

After that fiasco we bought the poor bird and carried it back to Leona's flat. On the way, we picked up some thin branches to set up the little bird's cage. The little bird, whom Leona had named Monkey, had calmed down by then, and was quietly waiting in his box to be let out and into his cage. when he did get into his cage he flew up to the highest branch we had set up for him, sat up completely straight, and watched the entire room for the rest of the time we were there.

Birds are such awesome pets and I think Leona's going to be very happy with the one she's got.

31 Comments:

Blogger papa said...

Poor little guy had quite a scare. I'm glad he found a good home. I think your mother had some influence in naming it Monkey, didn't she? I miss you like crazy; hope you're keeping warm.

8:44 PM  
Blogger J.P. said...

yeah rough day huh? my mom definitely had a strong influence on the name, as soon as Leona said he was like a little monkey she was like " oh, that's a perfect name for him!"

it isn't that cold here at the moment, it takes a whole 8 minutes to get frost bite, not. We've been have some really nice weather for like 4 days, it's all sunny, warm and but I don't get to wear my new coat.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Kate (NaNa) said...

GAD!!! those idiot store owners. Birds are only scared when YOU scare them!!! Sounds like a beautiful little fellow. They talk so much and so love to play I'm sure Leona will love her little dappled money!

Glad to know you're doing well. I sent some new pics of Woodsy in his new winter parka to your Mom's email. Take a look...he's SOOOOO cute. They are also on my Flickr, appropriate appreciated by the Flickr-ites.

Miss you, Jacob. Can't wait for Christmas!!!!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Tara H. said...

How do you say "monkey" in that language they speak over there and are you going to teach it to the native mushroom hunters?

10:46 PM  
Anonymous gracie the fabulous said...

fun! i want a picture of u in your "new coat!" lol
gracie

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Monkey in Czech is "Obice", pronounced "o-beetz-eh".

2:38 AM  
Blogger J.P. said...

no kidding! Another factor was that it was HAND raised so really it would most likely have gone straight over to her. Obice is doing fine now, he's eating, singing and doesn't hiss when anyone puts their hand in his cage. Only one problem with the way he was hand raised is that he can't fly that well. it's really funny, he'll start off fine then he'll run into things and is the most clumsy little bird ever.

Yeah I'll try to get a picture of that, it's really nice, fleece, quilted and above all else, it's really long.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey jacob you will never guess who this is here is a hint i no u and u no me. don't worrry i'll tell you who i am sooner or later (later).

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

3:21 AM  
Anonymous grace said...

haha
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7:13 AM  
Anonymous rcjohnso said...

Whoa - was that BlogSpam?

11:25 AM  
Blogger J.P. said...

it appears to be rc. but it will not exist for much longer.

Pooper Scoopers rule. LOL.

1:29 AM  
Blogger J.P. said...

If you will direct your attention to the comment a few taps of you mouse, on the scroll thingy-muh-jig, the blogspam has been deleted.

Administrator.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i return!
\ i am not spam! yo can't get rid of me! hahahahahahahhahaah....

6:38 PM  
Blogger J.P. said...

wanna bet?

8:34 AM  
Anonymous NANA said...

REFRESH!!!! And kick that BlogSpam of the side of the planet!

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heheheheheheheheh

7:56 PM  
Blogger J.P. said...

....good idea.....
By the way nana I'm readding that book Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel you bought one time I was over there, it is SOOOOO good.

5:17 AM  
Blogger J.P. said...

By the way anonymous person I think I might know who you are: Is it Roach-el?

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wrong!!!!!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous another anyonymous said...

some one needs to update...

11:52 AM  
Anonymous NANA said...

Hey Jacob, you're reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell???! FABULOUS!!! It's a great book (and BIG TOO). I really enjoyed it. Where are you in the story??!!

How are you doing? Write me an email and tell me all about it!!!

As for Anonymous, tell him your name or get off!! That game is a dangerous one.

9:09 PM  
Blogger J.P. said...

true, I will update soon I'm just really busy with my language classes and my new report I have to write. I WILL DO IT SOON THOUGH.

"Administrator" (lol)

1:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:59 PM  
Blogger J.P. said...

Taylor? ;-)

3:08 AM  
Blogger J.P. said...

I'll update very soon I just have to get my mom to help me get the photos off of her Flickr and on to the new blog post.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no... not taylor! keep guessing!

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and i am extremely offended im not menioned once in your blog!
you tear out my heart and feed to a dog then pick up it's regurgitated remains w/ a pooper scooper!
i can't belive you! augh!

6:43 PM  
Blogger J.P. said...

LOL, oh come on.

1:33 AM  
Blogger papa said...

evil and ranting...must be Zak from the 909 (former)

12:50 PM  
Blogger J.P. said...

It might be, Zach does rant. We may never know...

9:06 AM  

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