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Friday, June 5, 2009
Ringing The Bell

By Laura Doering
Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK, the world’s most widely read pet bird magazine, in Wayward Feathers.

Famished editors are disappointed this jingly bird toy does not signal sweet treats
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Small Animal Channel Editor, Marylou Zarbock, confronts associate editor, Jessica Pineda, about the lack of goodies that were promised "by ringing the bells." Just not the bird bells ...

Just like Pavlov’s dog, a rung bell around here elicits a similar response amongst us editors, although perhaps without the visible salivating. Whenever there’s a birthday to celebrate or other reason to gather around our coffee area “trough table,” a designated someone picks up a little gold hand bell and walks across the department ringing it. We then pop up from our chairs and head over to the table. It is a very efficient system and a sound we look forward to, especially around 2 or 3 PM, when your light lunch might start to wear off.

 Now with BIRD TALK, we get a lot of bird toys in to try out or to give out as a reader rewards. Anyone with birds knows that a good many bird toys have bells. So imagine this scenario: Jessica Pineda, associate editor, receives a UPS package, opens it and pulls out a new bird toy with a shiny new bell jingling. Heads pop up over the cube walls as people try to discern, “Was that the trough bell?”  Then we point to the toy; “False alarm.”

 We’re trying to be a little more discreet when opening packages … and hopefully saving others from the embarrassment of gathering around an empty table with plate in hand.

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