The Budgies’ New Stand
April 23, 2011 § 3 Comments
I have some very exciting news! Donna, the owner of Exotic Wood Dreams, is a very good friend of mine. (You can visit her website to see her beautiful creations, BUT she does not have internet access and therefore cannot take email inquiries or web orders– you must call. Let me know if you plan to and I can probably get you a discount!) We talk on the phone frequently and as I sent her a modest gift a short while ago, she phoned me recently with a grand gesture of great generosity: she was building my budgies a tabletop stand– for FREE! I feel so incredibly blessed and humbled. She is so kind and I simply cannot believe this wonderful act of generosity!
What’s more is that Donna knows about my commitment to using 100% stainless steel and customized this stand for me to use only stainless steel hardware in its entirety. This made its creation rather difficult because one of her trademark touches is to use boings or bendable rope perches. She really went above and beyond by special ordering and using a Mother Pluckin’ Bird Toys boing instead, because they are one of the few companies (along with Grey Feather Toys and Oliver’s Garden, and a few others but I can’t speak for theirs) that make excellent quality boings with stainless steel wire interiors.
I am so impressed by this beautiful stand. She really went all out with it, including all of the premium accessories: a custom made ladder, a hanging grapevine swing, a decorated coconut bowl, and even a grapevine tunnel for the budgies, complete with a leather “rug” inside of it. Actually, it also came with leather “curtains,” but I knew those would freak Charles out so I removed them. There are plenty of colorful, fun, and unique budgie-appropriate toys as well that I know Sabrina (and hopefully Charles) will have a grand old time destroying!
By the way, in case any of you have noticed that some of the branches hang over the catcher box, that’s not their usual style — Donna is very cognizant of the fact that most bird owners want all of the branches to hang within the boundaries of the catcher box for the most convenience. I, however, have a limited space and specifically asked that she NOT limit the spread of the branches in order to fit within the space of the catcher box with my requested dimensions, should they hang over by a few inches on any given side. That said, it actually hardly hangs over at all– the only parts that do are the tunnel (which doesn’t really matter since it has its own floor), and part of the grapevine swing, which is removable.
I am so pleased and grateful for this beautiful stand!! What’s more important, though, is that the budgies LOVE it! Although they typically prefer being up high on their Crawler or Oddball or the other hanging gyms, they both adore being on the tabletop just as much. Grapevine wood is such a wonderful choice for the little guys– so much variation and so many little nooks and crannies to chew. The two of them are both very active and curious on this gym and it really gets them moving!
Thank you so much to Donna– she is such a wonderful person!! If any of you are considering ordering, please let me know. She can be a little bit difficult to understand and communicate with on the phone at first, but she is really fantastic and makes stands of unmatched beauty and quality. Charles and Sabrina love their new table top!
[This entry has been imported, with some edits, from my previous blog.]