My birds all know how to say, "Hello," "Hello, Tater," and "Go
Tater (whiteface male) is the sweetest and probably the smartest.
He is always especially proud of himself when he "goes potty"
on command. He loves to sing and saves a special song for when he
gets to take a shower. He is a real romantic and swoons when I whistle
Led Zeppelin songs to him.
Three-Speed (pearled male) is a Meijer (like Super Wal-Mart)
rescue. He almost drowned in the shower by keeping his head under
the water stream too long. I saved him by giving him mouth-to-beak
resuscitation. This is why I had to vote for John Kerry, who saved
the life of his daughter's hamster, LIcorice.
Hughie has a little head. He is pigeon-toed and only flies backwards
when his wings are clipped. That's why he has no tailfeathers -
they all break off! He is also missing a toe. His attitude (he has
lots), however, outshines all his physical flaws.
May they enjoy birdie heaven:
I got Louie in 1998 from a pet store. He came right up to the
side of the cage when I came by and wanted me to hold him. So I
took him home with me. Louie was hand-raised so he was a people
bird. He was a wonderful companion and very affectionate. He was
enchanted by mugs and loved to chew up paper. He died Dec. 27, 2004
of lung cancer.
I got Cyril in March of 2001 at a pet store in Ann Arbor, MI.
I got Cyril and his brother Hughie at the same time and they were
pair-bonded. Three-Speed was in love with Cyril, but Cyril did not
love him back. Cyril was pair-bonded with his brother Hughie, and
Three-Speed was pair-bonded with Tater. Tater was distressed by
Three-Speed's betrayal, and pulled out his chest feathers in tormented
angst. Cyril died Dec. 22, 2005 of kidney failure. I miss him but
Tater has been happier and has even let his chest feathers grow
back in. Hughie misses his brother and now needs me to scratch his
head much more often. Three Speed is now more content in his partnership
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