Kiwi was perched on the refrigerator. It is her favorite lookout point. I went in to the next room, the bird room to see Billy. I had left the door to his cage open, but he hadn’t come out.
Me: (reaching out a hand) Billy. Step up.
Billy: (takes a swipe at me with his beak)
Me: Ugh. Fine.
Kiwi: Are you gonna step up? You’re ok!
Me: Thank you, Kiwi.
I managed to get Billy to come out onto his door. He wouldn’t step up, but he climbed to the top of the cage. I gave him a piece of carrot. He dropped it. I left the room to check on dinner, leaving Shadow to get the carrot. When I came back, I gave Billy another carrot. As I walked away, I heard him drop that, too.
Me: Well, it seems Billy has learned Kiwi’s favorite game.
Kay: (from the family room) What’s that?
Me: Feed the Dog!
Kiwi: Ohhhhhhhhhh! (laughs) Good dog!