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|Date:||10/21/2014 10:46:28 PM
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Spotlight on Oliver 2
Hi every bird, SKY here with a SPOTLIGHT on CARING with my special pal, OLIVER2 and Mom Janice.
Before we begin this weeks interview I wish to remind all to continue to pray for Ms Chirps-228922, Dixie 61444, and Rosie- . These birds are all going through difficult health issues and need our support.
SKY: How did you first become interested in birds?
Mom Janice; As a youngster I grew up on a farm and had plenty of pets of the four-legged variety but was only allowed to admire birds in the wild. When I grew up and married I extended my pet family to include birds, starting with a Cockatiel that I named Popeye.
SKY; Please, can you tell us a little about Popeye?
Mom Janice; Yes, in 1968 my husband and I taught him to whistle the Marine Corps Hymn ( as we had both been in the Corps) and Popeye amazed everyone by whistling it perfectly. His talking skills were moderate. We were so proud of him. Our 2 children loved Popeye so very much, we acquired another Cockatiel and by some miracle hatched some babies. We were able to place them in great homes of friends and family. Popeye moved out to live with one of our close friends and still rules that household to this day.
Sky; Tell us about the other birds that have shared your life
Mom Janice; About 4 years later we ordered a Congo Grey from a breeder in Atlanta, sexed (male) and very fresh from the egg. We fed Oliver first with an eye dropper, then a teaspoon. He was the sweetest thing and when he got big enough he was on us all the time. That was when he truly owned the whole family. He was an amazing talker, would ring like the phone, answer it himself, and give directions that that we;d call them back. Oliver's pride was telling our eldest daughter " Hello Fatbutt" when she came into the room ( much to everyone's delight but Donna's chagrin.
There is so much about Oliver that it would take a book to cover it all. After 12 wonderful years he went to the Rainbow Bridge after eating some bad spinach that we didn't know was being recalled at the time. Our VET sent his remains to UGA for a necropsy and sadly confirmed it. We all were devastated.
SKY; I understand you had a rescue bird during this period?
Mom Janice; During this period we had rescued a beautiful Umbrella Cockatoo, Dennis, from an owner who labelled him " a Bad Bird". He bit, screamed and did all the right things to have earned this name. With love, affection and the help of Oliver we were able to bring him into our flockily. He transformed into a sweet cuddly baby. With Olivers passing and my failing health I couldn't give Dennis the attention he deserved, so it was decided to place him cage and all his belongings with a nurse at our avian Vet's office. She still loves and has him today.
Sky; thank you Oliver2 and Mom Janice. NExt week we will conclude with part 2--Oliver 2 joins the family.
with my heart filled with love
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