We are on vacation this week. We went to Myrtle Beach for the week as we do every year with our friends from High School. We have been doing it for about 40 years. It is always a bit stressful for us since we got birds. The question is what to do with them. They are close and dear to our hearts. When we first got Jules and Bo we put them up at a place that said they took in animals but mainly just did dogs and cats. I suspect the strain of that had something to do with us losing Bo shortly after. After that Jules became a only bird and in a way became more of a family member. We started looking but never found a situation for a bird sitter we like / trusted so we just took her with us. She traveled well and was the life of the party anywhere we showed up. Lots of good memories and meeting good people as any child within range and their adults keeper would flock to the little bird with a big attitude. Still there was a strain. We had to sneak her into hotels, condos and rental houses. If they did room visits there could be issue getting us tossed. We discovered that we could pick her calls out from other birds when my mother took her out on the 16th floor ocean view balcony to with her and we kept hearing her call while we were walking below. Many good times with her and I am glad we had them. Anyway during COVID and Jules going through the end of things we had to switch vets and the avian vet techs at the new place are well schooled in birds and take in boarding birds on the side. They are a couple of them there that do it and they all have dogs, cats, bunnies, and parrots. That mean Rio is getting boarded this year while we are gone by a nice lady that handle smart sassy birds daily. He is currently being housed with the lady's Blue Fronted Amazon. Housing being where they can hear each other maybe see each other but caged separately. She described Rio as being a fine chatty little bird and both birds spend a great deal of time chatting between them. Below is a pic she sent of him chowing down. I think he looks happy. But still I miss him. There is a Rio space missing from my life here on vacation and I miss his presence and his antics, but maybe not his bitting. Bird ownership is a strange thing. It is amazing how such small bits of fluff get a hold of our hearts and souls.