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I was on my second home as a young fella when my 1st mom traded for me.She loved me dearly but then, years later, she got sick and needed to find me a new home. She convinced her childhood best friend to take me in. My new Mom said she just keep me till my old mom got better and could take me back,but my old mom wanted me to have a forever home. MY new mom took me in to give my old mom a place where she could always see me but did not want to get too attached in case her friend changed her mind. Unfortunately my old mom went to the rainbow bridge which broke both our hearts. Now my new mom loves dearly too and I have my forever home. No one is sure exactly how old I am but I must be at least 18 or 19 years old..

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Hi! My name is Ted

I am a Cockatoo from Cincinnati, OH.

McGyver, Theodore,and Teddie

24 years old   M

Cockatoo

Spagetti (with sauce), popcorn,granola bars,birdie bread

His cage door, Mom's shoulder when he sneaks up there

Sharing Mom, cats ,cameras,anyone in a hat or coat

She gets me lots of toys to destroy, and gives me lots of "scritches"

tears apart then "rebuilds" toys ,Dunks his morning treat in his water.

IF YOU BUILD IT , I WILL TEAR IT DOWN AND MAKE MY OWN CREATION.

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  Hi Ted
So glad you have a forever home, Its nice to have a good home, so many of us, get bounced around for one reason or another. So sorry about your first mom, but she is still watching over you, as she gave you to someone she trusted. I will vote for you. Have a safe holiday weekend.
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08/03/2010 10:33.11 AM  
  Lucky here
Sorry I haven't been by sooner mom been busy again. We would never forget all our friends here on the BC.

Sammy finally came home Saturday.He has alot of training ahead of him . Right now we're letting him settle in.

Hope you and your family have a wonderfull Memorial Day

Come visit me, Gunner, Savannah, Lucky...RIP & Stormy.

05/31/2010 08:01.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Lucky here
Them dumb dogs are now after mom's flowers she has in a pot . What's up with dogs & flowers anyway?It's beautiful out here 70s.

Wanted to let you know you can call us on Skype . Go to skype .com for free download...it's total free ! Anytime mom's on the net she can talk while doing her thing...hehhe.


Well not much else going on here V4U :-)

Come visit me, Gunner, Savannah, Lucky...RIP & Stormy.

04/20/2010 11:45.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Lucky here
The weather here is not looking good the sky is turning dark.Looks like we're in for some rain ...yuck!

Yup mom's pretty fired up about here flowers. One of our dogs named Granite loves to poo in mom's garden...Squawk.

I'm so glad I have feathers and not fur and four legs. It puts me on mom's good side...hehehe.

V4U :-)

Come visit me, Gunner, Savannah, Lucky...RIP & Stormy.

04/16/2010 09:31.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Lucky here
You should see mom's flower the dogs got into them. Their all run down or chewed up. Mom's not to happy about it! She told dad he needs to find a way to keep them out.Mom's also scared they might get sick chewing on them.Can you say... BAD DOGS !

Well it's getting late here V4U :-)

Come visit me, Gunner, Savannah, Lucky...RIP & Stormy.

04/15/2010 08:14.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Lucky here
Mom's been busy outside again with yard work between feedings, which means we get stuck in our cages...squawk.

Mom is waiting to hear back from the nice people about the new buddy,she already took in their two S.I. eclectus.They want to travel and don't have much time for their flock.Mom is also taking in a tiel from her parents.

Not much else going on here V4U

Come visit me, Gunner, Savannah, Lucky...RIP & Stormy.

04/05/2010 02:06.52 PM Report This Comment  
  hello
Looks like I might be getting a new buddy. A Harlequin macaw which is a hybrid between B&G and greenwing.It's a rescue mom is taking in .

The weather here has been beautiful.I can't wait until I can get outside again


Happy Easter to you and your family.

Come visit me, Gunner, Savannah, Lucky...RIP & Stormy.

04/03/2010 06:15.21 PM Report This Comment  
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03/09/2010 01:39.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ted!
How you been? What's up since last I heard from ya?

I have just one more day to go until Mom and Dad come pick me up. Gayle has lots of information and suggestions for them based upon what she's observed about me. I hope it helps us all to get me more involved and active with toys in my cage! Mom just wants me to stop being bored and resorting to picking myself.

I get my collar off on the 15th. Boy, am I looking forward to that! Mom hopes it lasts for a long time. No picking, she says.

Well, that is the news. You take care, and come by anytime.

Your buddy,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

03/06/2010 11:26.10 AM Report This Comment  
  HI TED
03/05/2010 05:23.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ted
I hope I have the correct Ted. I was checking with all the baseball players for the C2 White Hawks. We haven't been able to get in touch with Speedy so they've asked me to the Coach this year. I was contacting everyone on last yrs team to see if they're still interested in playing. We are asking that if you want to play we need you to participate as much as possible..The season starts April and I'm trying to get everything organized..If your still interested please let me know. Also, I need your email addr as we'll be communicating BB information via email. Mine is brucebetty@bellsouth.net, have your Mom send me a note aso I'll have your email..Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you soon..Love Romeo

Come visit me, ~CoCoPuff~, ~Rusty~, ~ Romey~ & Our Angel Wings Toy Shoppe.

03/05/2010 07:00.32 AM Report This Comment  
  HEY TED
03/03/2010 04:42.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ted!
How are you? What have you been up to since last I heard from ya?

My update - I've been away from home for a few days now, staying at a behavioral consultant's (Gayle's)house. Mom and Dad want to see if we can't all work together to get me more engaged in my cage with toys and foraging opportunities so I don't just pick my tummy and otherwise be bored and depressed. (You can see me on Gayle's blog site: http://parrotbehavior.blogspot.com/ -- I'm a star,hehheh!)

Mom has been reading up on training techniques. She's already trained me to target to a stick. That means I will tap it with my beak when she extends it to me and I get a little treat (in my case, some scritches and praise. I'm not really food motivated). SHe's training the other birds how to do it, too. You can use that skill to teach other behaviors, too. Mom figures it'll take a lot of baby steps, but we can do it.

I come back a week from today. Mom can't wait. It's been so quiet at home, relatively speaking, without me there. Even Dad said he missed me. They're hoping the week goes by awfully quickly.

They'll consult with Gayle when they come to pick me up. Together they'll plan out how to train me and get me to the point where I'm engaged and playing and foraging in my cage. I can't wait to get my collar off -- we all want this to work!

Well, you take care. I hope you're staying warm and dry out there in OH. The sun was shining today here. We have a storm on its way, so we enjoyed it while we had it.

See ya, my friend!
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/28/2010 09:12.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Lucky here
Sorry I haven't been on in so long . Things here have had it's ups & downs.

Now things are getting busy with all the babies soon ready to hatch. Mom's been trying to get everything together for them. We have 12 eggs between 3 pairs. Some pairs haven't even started yet.

everyone here is doing great! We're all just trying to stay warm with all this cold weather and snow .


Talk to you later

Come visit me, Gunner, Savannah, Lucky...RIP & Stormy.

02/26/2010 08:37.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cutie!
Tell your mom to be careful of all those icicles. She's wise to knock them down. Those and black ice are deadly, says my mom. Of course, being from Southern California and Hawaii, she's not exactly the authority on cold climates . . . tee hee!

Love ya,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/19/2010 06:54.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks, Ted!
Hey Ted - You're so sweet to have left me that vote. I'm so glad you stopped by. Poor Mom - she must have some brawny biceps after all that shoveling. Tee hee!

Stay warm in all that snow. I'll be thinking of you.

Love,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/18/2010 10:01.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ted from Artie
Hi there, my friend! How are you doing? How's your mom?

I'm hanging in there. Got my antibiotic shot today. While she was at it, my vet stuck my collar back on. The indignity! Now I can't worry the shot site anymore! Ah well, patience in all things . . .

I've been nominated for BOTD for this Friday. That means I'll need some votes tomorrow. Could you please cast one for me? I'd love to have my day in the sun. Tee hee!

Take care and say hi anytime!

Your buddy,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/17/2010 11:57.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy V-Day, Ted!
Just a little note to wish you a happy Valentine's Day, Ted. I hope you get lots of extra cuddles today. Here's a kiss for ya -- <Smooooooch!!>

Love,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/14/2010 09:46.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Ted!
Well, you let the cat out of the bag. Today is your mom's birthday? Just tell her that my mom wishes her many happy returns. I guess her best gift was getting the opportunity to stay home with you guys. My mom wishes they had snow days in SF!

Well, no sooner do I get away from the vet's (after she took off my collar and took some blood) than I have to go in again, tomorrow. My blood test showed an elevated white blood cell count, which means an infection somewhere in my body. I've had it before in my heart, so that's where she's guessing it is. Time for vibramycin injections, starting tomorrow. Meantime they take a swabbing from both my ends and yet more blood to see if they can isolate which bacteria is affeting me. Talk about indignity!

Sigh. I wish I was just healthy. Mom found me with my health challenges but loves me enough to take such good care of me. It's a constant challenge, but we're all coping. I'm so full of life and energy that it's hard to think that I have issues. Well, I'm a survivor and that's what counts.

Anyway, you take care and give your mom and extra birthday nibble.

Your buddy,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/09/2010 08:13.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Ted!
Wow, you have quite a life story. You are so lucky to have landed on your claws and get such a great forever home. Your mom has a huge heart, too. She's a vet on top of it all. That means she has an even bigger heart!

My mom wanted to be a vet, but chose a profession in law long ago. She always had being a vet in her heart, though, and even went back to school a few years ago to take some pre-vet courses. She went back to law after figuring that it just wasn't in the stars for her.

She has a great avian vet out here in SF, at Bay Area Bird Hospital. Not that *I* like the vet, but Mom sure feels good about her.

The way you found your mom reminds me of what Mom recently went through. Mom's best friend passed away a couple of months ago with cancer. She had a yellow-naped amazon named Nestle. Mom promised her that Nes would be taken care of and would be in a loving home, including ours if that's how fate would have it. As it turns out, Mom and her friend had a mutual friend, Justine, who lost her blue-fronted amazon a year earlier. Justine loved Nestle and wanted her so much. It was meant to be. Now Nestle is living the high life in Boise. Mom just went out to visit Nes and her new mom and was so happy to see how well they were both doing.

So you have a menagerie at home, eh? It's just the flock of 5 over here. Mom had a couple of wonderful dogs who respected us birds. They were big and black, a lab (Cele) and a newfie mix (Bear). Cele died about 4 years ago, and Bear about a year and a half ago. It broke Mom's heart. She isn't looking for any more animals to add to the mix. We keep her busy enough, hehheh!

So you take care, little Ted. I hope you and your mom stay warm in that winter weather. Say hi anytime. It's a pleasure to hear from you!

Your buddy,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/08/2010 08:33.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ted!
Wow, your mom got a coupla kittens? There must be a lot of activity going on in your house! Better keep those little ones in line . . . they're definitely reporting up to the boss bird.

Does your mom do animal rescue? That turtle sounds like a lucky dude. My mom used to do a lot of parrot rescue work with our local organization. She fostered a number of birds and got a lot of pleasure out of seeing these little guys get their forever homes with deserving humans. I and my mom really respect what your mom does.

Anyway, I'm hopefully going to get my collar off tonight, if I'll let Dad take it off of me. It's pretty complicated, so I really have to trust him on this. Otherwise, I'll go to the vet's and get it off there. Hooray!

Take care, my friend. Talk soon! Here's a vote.

xoxo,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/07/2010 08:12.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hiya Ted!
Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you (and your Mom) are doing well. I hope your weekend is going fine so far. Do you have a morning routine on the weekend?

I get to go see Dad first thing in the morning - Mom puts me on the bed and I walk right up to him and sit on his chest. We get up and have some orange juice. Then I have my piece of oatmeal cookie with my hgh blood pressure medication on it (I don't taste the meds, but I love the cookie!). Then I eat my veggies and pasta on the coffee table and wash it down with some herbal tea. Spoiled? I think not!

The collar is on because I worried a little sore on my chest. Just a teeny thing, but enough to make Mom drag me to the vet's and get this thing on. She wants to make sure I don't make it worse or, heaven help me, get it infected. I don't think my little body could deal with an infection after all it's been through. Anyway, it's way overtime for the collar to come off . . . I need to be my usual hyper self and I'm way too calm with it on. (I think Mom is keeping it on because of that . . . chicken!)

Anyway, I hope you have a great day. Come on by anytime and let me know what's up. Here's a vote!

Your buddy,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/06/2010 10:31.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey There, Ted!
Oh no! Another storm? You're getting hit pretty hard, huh? How's your mom doing? Is she feeling all better?

It's been raining and really windy here in SF today. The sun peeked out yesterday, but it sure was gone today. We expect more, but nothing like what we had in January.

I'm still in my collar . . . the countdown is on. Mom is even talking about getting it off on Monday. Yay! I can't wait to preen all those feathers that have been stuck under there over the last two weeks.

Mom and Dad will be home this weekend. They've been gone for weekends over the last month or so, so this is a treat. We birds are looking forward to having some serious time out of our cages.

Well, you big handsome guy, take care and come by anytime. I love hearing from you.

Your friend,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/04/2010 08:35.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Again!
Just wanted to wish you and yours a very good Thursday. I hope everyone's feeling well over there and staying warm and cozy in this winter weather. You take care and stop by anytime.

Your friend,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

02/04/2010 08:50.40 AM Report This Comment  
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01/27/2010 01:01.16 PM  
  Hey Ted!
Artie here. How was your evening? I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday.

How's your mom feeling these days? Any better? There's a nasty cold going around Mom's office. She's taking her vitamin C, for sure.

Please tell your mom that she should absolutely make the trek out to SF. It's a great city. She could meet me, and Mom could show her around - give her a local's tour! The best time to come out is anytime except summer. It's foggy and dreary and downright cold. Most tourists come out during the summer, thinking this is California so it must be sunny. Hah!

Take care and be well, my friend.

Your buddy,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

01/20/2010 09:25.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ted!
Oh, a cold. I'm so sorry your mom is enduring that. A stuffy head and sore throat make humans so unhappy. We parrots have to work that much harder to cheer them up!

It gets mighty cold here, but only by our wimpy California standards. We call in the reserves if it goes below 60 degrees . . . OK, maybe not quite that bad, but we do generally have it a lot better than other areas of the country. Of course, there are extremes. The Sierras are getting a lot of snow right now, and we are being doused with the rains that started over the weekend. We usually get mudslides and other nasty side effects from extended storms. Hopefully it will dry out a bit before that happens.

Well, my friend, take care and have a great evening. We'll talk again soon. I'm votin' for ya.

Your buddy,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

01/19/2010 09:40.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey McGyver!
Just a hello and good day to you. I hope all's well in OH. Cold as can be over there, I imagine. We're suffering with stormy rains today. Thunder was so bad last night that we were up chattering away with every boom. We're glad that is over, at least for now.

Your mom was sick? How is she doing now? Winter (or any) illness is really horrible. You can't even go sit in the sun to feel better. I hope she feels better.

Take care and we'll chat soon.

Your buddy,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

01/19/2010 09:39.04 AM Report This Comment  
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01/18/2010 01:31.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ted!
Happy Monday to you and your human and feathered flock! I hope you have a great day and a wonderful week. I already can't wait for it to be tonight. My dad gets home and I get to hang out on him. Whoopee!

Take care and let's talk soon.

Your friend,
Artie

Come visit me, Winchester, The Artist Formerly Known As Poopsie ("Artie"), Paco, Salsa & Poe.

01/18/2010 09:10.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Yeah,
yesterday I kinda did an almost "Vincent Van Gogh" to mom's ear--she yelped! Then I walked all over the keyboard while she was blogging. But dad fixed one of my musical toys and replaced it in my cage, so it was all worth it. Be a good little fid, buddy! WE love you! Beaky kisses and wing hugs, Doo

Come visit me, Carter-Justice For Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 8/28/14, Doo Diligence-Justice for Ozzi, Cookie-Justice For Ozzi-thank you for BOTD 7/31/14, Charlie-Justice 4 Ozzy-TY for BOTD 10/29/14, Tricky D- RIP 12/12/12-Thank you BOTD 12/12/13, Teal'c-Thank you for BOTD 10-14-14 Justice for Ozz, Elvis Thank you for BOTD 2/16/13, Joshua Chico Justice for Ozzi, Blue-Justice for Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 9/7/14, Moggie -Justice for Ozzi, George (Gen George Hammond)RIP Gen 12/13/08, Cu-Bird -Justice for Ozzi, Nanday Security Services, LLC, Miranda -Justice for Ozzi, Captain Darling-RIP 5/19/2014 ty 4 BOTD 9/19/14 & Baldrick Thank you for BOTD 3/20/14.

01/17/2010 03:22.29 PM Report This Comment  
  HI TED
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  a cute little guy like you...
..pierced your momma's ear! Wow! I know my mom screeches (and it's so exciting) when a nip her earlobe just a little TOO enthusiastically! Yes, I'm a lover and a snuggler. That's us Toos, from the Goffins, to the U2's to the M2's, God Bless the Cockatoos, the loving ones! Beaky kisses and wing hugs and a great weekend, Ted! Doo and the Crew

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01/16/2010 11:57.20 AM Report This Comment  
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