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Date:10/23/2014 1:04:26 AM
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hey, what happened to getting yahoo? :P
I'd love nothing more than to be able to take both my guys to a vet to get a full check-up and blood work! Yea, most people just don't understand...My parents strictly view a bird as a pet- the dogs are more family than the birds are, and even then, we don't take the dogs to the vet like we probably should. With them it's usually a wait and see how he is in the morning approach.

My guys have never been to the vet so far. My last 2 birds, both of whom have died( :( ), were at the vet quite often. My first bird, a lovebird, Sassy, just went to our regular vet as we didn't have an avian vet to go to at the time. We spent several hundred dollars on him...but to no avail. He never made it to 3 years old. 4 years later I got Pete, my budgie. He became ill after we got the new birds...and after 600 dollars at the avian vet, he died, diagnosed with PVD. :( Now my parents just don't see (especially with Buddy the way he is)the point of paying that much for a bird to go to a vet. I will take Gizmo if he needs it- he is my bird, and I do have enough money (and make enough) that if he needed vet work, I can take him. But Buddy is not mine- he is my brothers, and thus my parents.

I love having birds, but my health and well being and my family's comes before all of our animals. They are not neglected by any means! Our birds are just on the very low end of our vet priorities. The dogs take first priority second to us. Having 2 dogs (that tend to hurt themselves quite often- we just spent several hundred dollars on Rusty for a couple different things) is quite checkups, heartworm meds, registration tags, rabies tags, etc. But even so, they are just animals as you said. The family comes first.

Nope, haven't gotten around to dowel training yet. He steps up just fine, and will come out of the's mostly just putting him back in- he hates us doing that and will bite. He's scared of gloves, and I don't think I really need to go back to ground zero, as I have his trust. I can pretty much do anything with him. He's always been a very trusting bird. He's just bad about being out and about, bad with food, and bad about going back into the cage. Neither of them are clicker trained...have no idea how to do that lol. Yep, dad and I made a playstand for them years ago. They both get time on it together and separately for a bit throughout the day. Usually not for long as they start fighting or getting really loud, or that we have to be somewehre and we can't supervise them anymore. They can't be left out together, and Buddy can't even be left out by himself. He HAS to have supervision...gets into too much trouble otherwise. Gizmo is the good one. I can leave him out all day long, but if he's with buddy, he gets into trouble too.

As for bluegrass artists, i don't really have any favorites haha. I like most of it :)

As for his bedtime, it varies. He usually is in bed by 10ish, and wakes up around 7 when my brother gets up. Sadly
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