More of “My Story”
The past year, since June 2014, has been rather surreal for me. It is well known that pets are therapeutic for us humans, but on a personal level, my birds are my passion and my purpose.
Currently, I have 10 pair of breeder birds, and my Sensational Six pet parrots. During the past year, I have gone from three pets to four, then six. I now have one Congo African Grey named Emma, two Meyers parrots named Marco and Dinah, a cockatiel named Willow, a Green Cheek Conure named Cassie, and a Dusky Conure named Forrest. Have I missed anyone?
When I underwent open heart surgery in 1983, my budgie coaxed me through a long, boring recovery. For a different reason, I am facing open heart surgery this Summer. Due to my exhausting symptoms, I am unable to do much of anything in a day, but my birds come first! They are my priority and my survival on a daily basis. I love having hours and hours each day, to play! My sensational six see me all day long, and every bird gets one-on-one time with me. Four of my pet parrots’ cages are in my home office, and two are in the family room. I move birds among different cages so they get a scene change and a new world of perches and toys. I am seldom without a parrot perched on me!
While I am in hospital, I know I can trust my darling daughter to keep the aviary running smoothly, and ensure the new chicks are fully fed and adequately warm! I have taught her well. It will be great to take a “holiday” in Toronto, and not have to worry about my beloved birds (thanks, Elaine!)
I cannot imagine my life without my birds, and dread the day when I will be forced to give them up. I pray that will be a very long time from now. In the meantime, I encourage you to spend as much time and attention on your feathered pets as you can. Like flowers with water, your babies will bloom when you shower them with love!