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Date:9/23/2014 3:28:30 PM
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Hi Ruby and Flock
Jan. 9th Spotlight on Caring Part 1
Sky here , welcoming you to this weeks SPOTLIGHT on CARING featuring BC's KIDDO and his Mom Pam
SKY: When did you first become interested in birds? PAM: After Kiddo came into my life. Before that I really didn't understand how anyone could call a bird a pet! I thought they just sat in cages doing nothing all day. I didn't have a clue. When we adopted Kiddo I soon discovered how wrong I was. He was supposed to be my husband's bird, but I was so fascinated by him I spent every evening after work getting him to accept me. It took a couple of weeks, but by the time he would step up for me we were bonded and I was enamored with my new friend.
SKY: When did you join BC?
KIDDO: I joined BC on 11/15/2006. I believe I am one of the oldest still active members. My mom saw the site in Bird Talk (still miss that magazine!), and she signed us right up. I wasn't sure what do at first, like all newbies, but I soon started making friends. The real turning point in my getting involved was when I met SweetPepper, who is now my beloved wifebird.
SKY How did the BOTM - Bird of the Month -begin? KIDDO: BOTM began before I joined, and it is totally the creation of the BC web site. It was originally a totally blind competition and nobirdy seemed to really set out to win. When SweetPepper and I were planning our wedding, it occurred to me that there would be a lot of visitors (and votes) on her page responding to our wedding invitations, since that is where the wedding was held. I began including a request to be sure to vote so that she could be BOTM for the wedding, and it worked. So, then I asked that everybirdy vote for me as I shared our honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand in pictures and blogs so we could finish our honeymoon in the castle. That also worked. That was when I came up with the idea of creating a BOTM Calendar Page, and so it began.
SKY: What was the BOTW? Are they or were they connected? PAM: Before there was BOTD, we used to have BOTW (week), but when BC added BOTD to make BC the same as the other animal channels, they discontinued BOTW. So if you see that badge on a birdie's page, you know they have been around a long time.
Sky: Thank you Kiddo and Mom Pam for sharing with us how you became involved with the BOTM campaign. Next Wednesday will be the conclusion to our interview.
with my heart filled with love
SKY 224183
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