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Thursday, July 1, 2010
My Special Angel, African Grey Muggsy

By Linda Costello
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Congo African grey, Muggsy
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BirdChannel.com blogger, Linda Costello and Congo African grey, Muggsy

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Linda Costello has a framed picture of Muggsy and her, with a well-known quote from Mark Twain.

I know you're not supposed to have favorites when it comes to your kids, and I guess it should also be the same rule for your feathered kids. I do love all my birds dearly but, to be honest, one little African grey parrot, Muggsy, holds a special place in my heart! There is something about her that defies explanation, like how she is so in tune with my feelings and she always seems to know what I am thinking.

She communicates with me well and says just the right things at the appropriate times. She's not a mimic who will automatically repeat a word just because I say it. Rather, she talks when she has something to say or ask.

Sometimes she'll holler, "Mom, where you at?"

I'll answer her, "Do you want me, Muggsy?"

She'll rely, "Yeah!" I'll ask what she wants, and she'll reply with, "Come here."

I really can't just ignore a bird that not only wants my attention but actually asks for it now can I?

Muggsy hams it up for the camera. She is a bird who is comfortable and trusting enough to lie on her back.  I have a cute picture on her lying (on her back of course) in a kitchen scale. The caption for it should be, “Guess my weight and win a fat lip!”

She trusts me completely. I can cuddle her to my chest, kiss the white patches on her face and she will kiss me back by gently beaking me. 

She will be 22 years old this December. With my heart still aching from the recent loss of another grey, Mitch, I find my self worrying about losing her. I couldn't bear it!
 
The feeling it gives me to have a bird such as her put her complete trust in me is indescribable to anyone, unless they too live, or have lived with parrots. Non-bird people just can't understand how in tune with us our parrots can be. All they can see is the work involved and the time I have to spend to keep things clean and presentable since birds can be so messy. But I do these things with no complaints because I enjoy having my birds near.
 
I have a framed picture of Muggsy and me, along with this Mark Twain quote, and it says it all:
 
“She was not quite what
You would call refined.
She was not quite what
You would call unrefined.
She was the kind of person
That keeps a parrot.”


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I am in tune with your feelings for Muggsy because I have Clancy 19 years old and he is just so smart and talks to me like a human.Sometimes he scares me with what he says because I wonder how he knows what to say. Can,t imagine my house without him in it especially when he tells me"Your a good boy Mommy.
Elaine, FtMYERS, FL
Posted: 12/26/2013 4:38:12 AM
Hi Linda,, what a wonderful write up you have,, I found this by accident,, like I always say,, I'm horrible on the computer,,
Your Mugsy is very special,, He has the neatest voice!!!
You are the best birdy mama!!!!! They are lucky to have you for their mom..
SO sorry to hear of your loss of Mitch... I lost Tweety Bird too!! I does hurt our hearts, I know,,
Ginny, Toronto, OH
Posted: 7/20/2010 10:42:55 PM
Muggsy is really precious. I will have to read more. I have a male grey named Banjoko. We are both on the same yahoo group!

I would title the picture: Weighing Her Options
FlyRed, Warrensburg, MO
Posted: 7/6/2010 6:58:48 AM
Muggsy is so cute!
Joan, Upper Montclair, NJ
Posted: 7/5/2010 8:45:08 PM
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