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Friday, April 10, 2009
Thoughts Of Parrots

By Linda Costello
Explore the diaries of daily life with large birds.

A pet bird anxiously awaits the return of his parents at a boarding facility
Photo courtesy of Linda Costello
You'll probably feel better about getting someone to bird-sit for you than boarding your birds in an unfamiliar place.

By the time you read this, I should be back from my vacation. I’m wondering how many of you are like me; who find it really hard to leave your birds in someone else’s care and worry that no one else can take care of them the way I do.

I can't tell you how it all went yet, because I wrote this blog before I left, but I will fill you in on how everything went when I get back. But I know I can say the following without a doubt. It was difficult for Ray, my husband, and I to walk out the door to go to Florida.

However, it was also time to visit the family. My daughter, Valerie, has wanted us to come spend some time with her. Also, my brother and his wife have just moved into a beautiful, brand-new home they've built that I will get to see.

If I continue to miss all my birds, I might start feeling like a prisoner to them. The resentment of never being able to go anywhere could damage an otherwise great relationship.

I try to tell myself that anyway, in order to convince myself I need to take this vacation! But all the “what ifs” will be in the back of my mind the whole time I am gone. Like, “what if” the birds escape their cages, won't eat or simply pine away because they miss me!

My friend who is bird sitting for me uses the same veterinarian as I do. I know she would take any of my birds to the vet if there were any problems. I keep reassuring myself that they will be well cared for and my worry is needless. I have, after all, bird-sat for her while she and her husband vacationed. She and another friend will both take good care of our birds while we are away. I hope that by sharing my “scary-to-me” vacation experience with you that it may help you to see that you too can feel safe in taking that long overdue vacation!

If you have friends that also have birds, or any other pets for that matter, help each other by trading pet-sitting services. It would be a win/win situation for both of you. You would probably feel better about leaving your bird at home with your friends, than boarding them in an unfamiliar place.

Finding a bird sitter you can trust and who is reliable will give you peace of mind. It's good to have a plan in place well before you need it so that you don't have to go frantically scurrying around at the last minute trying to find someone.

Hopefully, I will have some fun experiences and pictures to share with you when I get back.

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Hi, Linda... That's great to have a friend experienced with the care of parrots close by that can bird sit for you. Unfortunately, in my case, I'm in the rural woodlands of northern NJ and none of my friends live close by. I have used and to find an experienced, bonded, and insured pet sitter and was happy with the one lady's care of my birds, bunnies, and dog upon my return home from a business trip. However, I always make sure they are still currently bonded and insured, and I always ask for references and check them out. Very important.

Jan, Upper Greenwood Lake, NJ
Posted: 4/12/2009 10:54:20 AM
I know you've had a great time!

Anytime I make a big schedule change a few things do happen. The birds get a bit confused and they become a little more distant. This has happened this week as I have been housesitting in Dallas and get back to my home each morning around 9:30 but have to leave to drive into Dallas around 2:30. The birds are out the entire time I am home, but they don't understand why I am not there in the evening when most of our 'hands on' time usually occurs.

In the past, however, a couple of days home and they are right back to their demon ways...LOL

Don D.
Don D., Roanoke, TX
Posted: 4/11/2009 7:59:09 AM
Hope you had a great time!! I go overnight and start to hyperventilate! My sister stays here with my bunch but I don't like going away at all....pets or no pets!
Lin, Wintersville, OH
Posted: 4/11/2009 6:52:45 AM
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