A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS

April 27, 2009

by Stewart A. Metz, M.D.

1.   GET TO KNOW ABOUT PARROTS BEFORE YOU BRING ME HOME - I am not a domesticated pet like a dog or cat. I still have the spirit of the jungle in me. I have special needs which you may find it hard to fill. Please don't learn these too late for my well-being. And please don't acquire one of my cousins wild from the jungle—it will jeopardize his survival and well-being, and that won't be a party for you either!

2.   GIVE ME THE LARGEST HOME POSSIBLE - I am used to flying through rainforests or savannas. I have given up this great gift for your pleasure. At the very least, give me enough room to flap my wings and exercise. And I need toys for my amusement and wood to chew—otherwise, I might confuse your Home with the forest and its trees. 3.   GIVE ME A NUTRITIOUS DIET - I need a wide variety of fresh and nutritious foods, even if they take time to prepare. I cannot survive on seeds alone. Take time to learn what my needs, and preferences, are.

4.   LET ME HAVE A 'SOCIAL LIFE'...

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In Memory of Marla Felix

April 8, 2009

 

 

 

I just wanted to write to you to let you know how much Kevin and his dad Jay have gotten so much comfort from Di Vinci. Kevin’s Mom, Marla passed away unexpectedly 2 days before Christmas and I don’t know how they would have coped if not for Di Vinci. They love that bird and play with him every evening when they get home from school and work. He gives them so much joy. The other night Jay came home from work and immediately let Di Vinci out of his cage. (Kevin and Shawn had left that morning for a camping trip.) He put him on the couch and sat down himself. Usually the bird runs up and down the couch like a wild animal for about an hour before they can handle him, but that night Jay started thinking about Marla and a tear rolled down his cheek. Di Vinci immediately noticed the tear and ran over to Jay and looked at it and then licked it off of Jay’s cheek. He then went over to the other side of Jay’s neck and cuddled into the side of his neck and loved and cuddled with Jay...

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