Puddings & Toyboys

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Bath from below

I got some unusual photos of Dalai having a bath.  I was sitting below where the Thomas Bath is positioned & just happened to have the camera handy to take some pictures from underneath!

 

A few days later Lennie obliged with some similar photos:

 

 

Discovering the bath

Once they were out & about, it did not take long (a matter of days) for Perry & Lennie to discover The Thomas Bath.

Lennie was first…..

 

Followed closely by Perry….

 

 

 

Honey bath

Recently, I was advised to give Bezukhov water with honey in it to give him energy whilst he was barely eating.  I decided to put it in the Thomas Bath as I thought he was most likely to drink it there & it worked because he drank quite a lot of it.  The only flaw in the plan was that Dalai decided to take a bath in it….

 

Dalai

Dalai

 

 

Dalai has a dunk

Dalai finally worked out that a proper bath meant actually getting into the water!

About 2 weeks after regularly sitting on the side of the Thomas Bath & washing his face with water & his body with air, Dalai took the plunge & immersed himself in the water.  Once he discovered how a proper bath should be taken, he had many dunks.

Dalai continues to regularly freshen himself up in the water.

Though Phineas will often keep Dalai company during a bath, both he & Bezukhov have not used the Thomas Bath themselves since Dalai has been using it.  It makes me wonder if Dalai has claimed it for himself…

 

 

 

A proper air bath

When Dalai was still confined to his quarantine cage, he experimented with having an air bath in his water pot (click here for that post).  Once he was free of the cage, he had access to The Thomas Bath.  I had hoped Bezukhov & Phineas would demonstrate how it worked but they were not cooperating in that respect.  Instead, it took Dalai about ten days to discover it for himself & to launch into a proper air bath.

You can see that Phineas appears to be sharing some of his wisdom but I suspect Dalai thought this was just more (hot) air for him to bathe in…

 

 

 

 

 

An air bath

Dalai tried to have a bath in his water pot.  He only really succeeded in bathing in air.  Nevertheless, I was impressed with his attempt.

 

 

Battle for the bath

Bezukhov & Phineas both wanted a bath…. at the same time:

 

Bezukhov tried his best, but Phinny won that particular battle.

 

Remembering Thomas: Two years on

So, it has been two whole years without Thomas.

I have been thinking of him a lot recently.

Phinny’s new need for me to ruffle his cheek feathers makes me think of Thomas.  Thomas often used to fluff up his cheek feathers & tilt his head slightly & that was his cue for someone (anyone – I do not think he was fussy) to preen them.  His subtle signals were ignored initially until one day, when the Toyboys were holidaying in my bedroom, Phineas temporarily put aside thoughts of his own needs & preened Thomas.  It was a momentous occasion, not just because Thomas finally got what he wanted but because in getting that, he showed that Phineas was capable of putting someone else’s needs before him – an amazing achievement for such a young lad!

 

The Thomas Bath was named in honour of him.  He would throw himself in there with abandon & once again, without realising, taught the others of the joy of having a bath.  When I see Phineas & Bezukhov bathing in the Thomas Bath I think, “Thank you, Thomas – what a guy!”

 

Thank you for those lovely times, young Thomas.

rememberingthomas

 

Phineas having a paddle

I would like to say that Phineas had a nice bath the other day… but it was more of a paddle.  He certainly got his feet, belly & bottom wet.  You can see how he got on in the videos below.

 

Watching Phineas, I could not help but think that he had forgotten the finer points that Thomas had originally taught him on how best to use the Thomas Bath.  Still, he looked like he enjoyed his paddle & at the very least, he had lovely clean feet, clean bottom & clean belly that I am sure Thomas would have praised him for.

 

 

 

A Bathing Bezukhov

After the recent trauma, it was nice to see Bezukhov have a proper BATH! Yes, you heard me…. a BATH! A real bath, not a misting, a bath. I am pretty certain it was his first bath!

It was nice to see the Thomas bath being used properly – I like to think Thomas saw this & is proud that his name is connected with such a spirited activity.

Even nicer that I managed to film it. :)

It was also nice that Phineas was so into the dill that he let Bezukhov have a bath without disturbing him.