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Date:7/31/2014 1:12:51 AM
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HI Nico
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Mum and Dad have two apartments and a house and they are selling the house and moving all of their things into either of the appartments or their garage. its a long story, but they have been busy so that doesnt leave very much puter time for us birdies. I have lived here with mum since Sept. and I am still a little afraid of my harness. I used to bite Mum when she put it on and I no longer do that but I still am not a big harness fan. But let me tell you that once its on I do enjoy going outside.This is how Mum got me used to putting the harness on me. First she would let me sit on her lap along with the harness. She did that for about a week or so and then she would start touching me with the thing. Of course I didnt like that and tried to bite it, but after a few days it seemed like a game so I got used to that. This harness is my aviator harness, Mum still hasnt got me into a flight suit yet. We all have several types of harnesses and Mum thinks the aviator is the best but for some birds the feather tether can be easier to put on when you are first starting out. Anyway, One day Mum was touching me with the harness thing and all of a sudden it slipped over my neck, and Mum was stroking my wingers. Next thing I knew,i was hooked. I tried to jump off Mums lap and run and found out that Mum could catch me just by holding on to the end of the harness thingy. I was freaking out because I couldnt get away from it, so Mum picked me up and just let me sit on her lap awhile. She tried giving me treats because that worked with my African Grey sister, but I wasnt interested in eating when I had this thing attatched to me. Every time I would try and chew at it, Mum would distract me and start giving me scritches so I wouldnt destroy the harness. Finally I just sort of forgot about it being on, and the next thing I knew Mum had slipped it over my head and I was free again. Then she gave me a almond and I finallly decided to eat the yummy thing. Mum and I played this game for a few days and then one day when I had the thingy on Mum had me on her arm and took me outside on the balcony. i had never been outside without my cage before so I tried to fly off Mums arm but she had ahold of the harness thingy and it pulled me back so I couldnt fly away. It was scary at first being outside, but now I love it. My Cockatoo brother Simon and Macaw brother Mac both have flight leads that can be attatched to their harnesses so they can fly as long as their are no hawks around, but Mum says that I am still a little to nervous for that. It really does take awhile to get used to the harness things, just tell your Mum not to give up. Even though I like going outside I still try and chew my harness, so always watch out for that. I am sure after awhile you will learn to associate the thingy with going outside like I did. Now everytime I see it I know that I am going out for awhile and It is nice to be outside without a cage. Good l
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