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Pepper is a rescue from a home where the Mother died and the adult children didn't want her. She was confined to a small cage and was on a horrendous diet. A close Bird Friend rehabbed her, got her eating healthy food and addressed a HUGE part of the problem: a decent night's sleep. Pepper came to me in August and now it's up to me to train her. She is a sweet bird and works hard during training sessions. She already has several behaviors she is quite proud of doing. She's a fast learner and learning tricks boosted her self-confidence- . Teaching her tricks gives me yet another reason to praise her. And this is something she very badly needs. I think she was largely ignored. But she is quite happy now and her feathers are growing back in like crazy. My companion parrot behavior training has helped me tremendously with training her in "living room survival" and she has adapted beautifully. She has such a sweet disposition and seems incredibly grateful and happy. Every new day is a good one for Pepper.
She has been having a few health issues lately as a result of her former care, but we're working with an Avian Vet to strengthen her liver function. It doesn't seem to effect her disposition however. She's a very happy bird. I think she has grown to trust me, and if all the kisses on my hand when I get her up in the morning are any indication, she might even like me!
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Hi! My name is Pepper

I am an African Grey from Hollywood, FL.

"Little Girl" and "Bing Bang"

23 years old   F

African Grey

She eats like a Dock Worker! I have never seen a bird eat like this. Man, what an appetite! She'll eat anything. But she likes almonds.

She loves getting into the shower. She also likes sitting on my knee. And of course, she loves going to the Pub with Parker

Pepper is still learning a lot...but she gets better every day.
She's just a happy little girl. She's still a bit skittish, but she's calmed down tremendously.


"She is patient and won't give up on me. I don't know very much but I am learning how to be a social bird. And you know...it's more fun to be nice and be social with people! Patricia taught me how to be that way. I'm so proud of myself now and I get praised for every little good thing I do. Life is fun!"

When I make her meals in the kitchen, she stands on her playstand and says, "Thank you! Thank You!", while waiting for her food..

"It's never too late to have a happy life."

Read about my life at Bird Talk's "Memo to Parker and Pepper"...It's about me! Oh yeah, and my dumb old brother.
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  Hi Pepper!
It's nice to meet you! I'm an African Grey in Florida. I'm sending you a vote--because well--you are so handsome/pretty/etc.!

Come visit me, Papaya.

07/16/2014 05:29.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper!
What a pretty grey you are. I am so happy that you have such a wonderful forever home with Patricia! You deserve it. How interesting. My Mom reads Parker and Pepper in Bird Talk every month, and had no idea of your background. You are quite a special grey. We wish you much happiness in your life with your Mom and Pepper! Here is a vote foe you!

Raffikki

Come visit me, RAFFI AND PUMBAA LOVE CYDNEY!!!!!!!!.

10/28/2011 06:14.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper!!
I love your memos on Bird Talk. They are so funny!!! our mommy is a HUGE fan!! loves to read them. I liked your memo on Cleaning Day! I also read the one where pepper and parker go to the pub. It was called "Uninvited Guests". Funny!!!!

Come visit me, Tyler, In Loving Memory of Chubby, Dude, Taco ~ I JUST LEARNED TO FLY!!!!!!!, Jordan, Jerry, Johann, Channel Bird News Tower, Amber & In Loving Memory of Shay... R. I. P. 6/26/2011.

07/01/2011 05:30.51 AM Report This Comment  
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  Hi! Pepper,

What a story and I'm so happy to hear you now have a Forever Home just like me. My name is Oz and I'm a Rose Breasted Cockatoo. Mommy is my 3rd owner and she says that I'm now in my Forever Home. I'm so happy cause I really like it here. She also wants to know if I know that I'm a Cockatoo cause I'm sweet and very quiet. What does she mean by that? Want to be Friends? Please stop by sometime and see me and my Flock cause we love getting company. Before I go I'm gonna vote for you. Bye for now.

P.S. Mommy says that she doesn't know how to tell you this but those pictures down below are not You or African Greys LOL!

Come visit me, PARKER IN CHEYENNE & APACHE'S WEDDINGS 09/20/14, SILVER IN CHEYENNE & APACHE'S WEDDINGS ON 09/20/14, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ IN CHEYENNE & APACHE'S WEDDINGS ON 09/20/14 & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

05/11/2011 06:55.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Pepper!
Woot, I found you on BC! Momma is friend's with your mom on Facebook. I'm BOTD today!!!!

Abby

Rachael, Grand Rapids, MI.

01/02/2011 06:13.00 PM Report This Comment  
  You're so Famous at our House
******THANK YOU EVERYBIRDY!!!******
I’m so flabbergasted and so thrilled to be your King!


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Come visit me, Silver Sluggers Page Where Greyt Things Happen & Sam says Vote Jesse BOTM 227428! Boo to You!.

09/28/2010 09:58.47 AM Report This Comment  
 

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08/03/2010 10:33.11 AM  
  Pepper!
How nice to meet you in pictures here on the Bird Channel. I've read your Bird Talk stories for months and laugh with every one. I didn't get to hear all of one article as I ripped the corner off the page before mom got to the bottom of the first column. I'm going to assume that Parker did something dastardly and you gave him a look for it. Safe enough guess?

Your story is a touching one. I'm so sorry you spent even a day in a too-small cage with inadequate food and attention. That you yet remain willing to trust another member of the human race speaks volumes about your incredible nature and character. You're a beautiful girl, Pepper. I wish you much success in your life's journey, particularly when it comes to living with a 'dumb brother'. Ha!

Your admirer~
KELLY
fellow Congo African Grey

Come visit me, Kelly.

07/13/2010 12:04.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper. No one has left you a blog in quite some time! I know what it's like to have crazy roommates (this is Garth, who's roommates are the crazy lovebirds). Best of luck! That Parker sounds like one crazy bird!

Come visit me, Aries.

04/14/2010 08:21.17 AM Report This Comment  
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01/27/2010 01:01.16 PM  
  PARKER & PEPPER BBFF(BEST BIRDIE FRIENDS FOREVER)
VOTE4U, Hi, Cuties!! I can't believe we are neighbors!! You guys are really famous!! (whoops, maybe your Mom didn't tell you) And here Mommy tells me I was famous from just my little photo in Birdtalk a few months back and my photo and article last on on birchannel about us IRN's. LOL I talk lots so maybe we could talk sometime. Oh, wait Mom doesn't let me have her cell phone anymore since I bit the little rubber thing off the top, what's an antenna for anyway? Maybe we could meet for treats, Mom & Dad takes me lots of places cause I love to go "bye-bye", especially in my stroller to the art & bird shows, I don't know why people stop & stare, I see those skin babies in strollers all the time! But mine is pretty yellow, like me, so maybe that's why! Come visit my page, oh yeah I have a new sister, she's grey but not "a grey", he,he,he! She still bites Mom but Mom's working with her to feel safe & comfortable here. She was at the pet store for her first 1 1/2 yrs and too many kids teased her. Momma's only been a bird Mommy for 2 yrs with me & she got me to stop biting, Ok it took months but she says it seems Libby is just not getting better and it makes Mom sad. Hey your Mom is really bird savy, does she have any suggestions, you guys don't bite, right? he,he,he! Hope to hear from you soon our new So FL BBFF's. (Mom started BBFF on BC & it's our "crew") Love ya Lots, Louie, XXXXOOOO (yes, I like giving kisses & sugars, Mom taught me)

Come visit me, LOUIE Hi! Pals, LIBBY LU - Hi Pals! & LACIE - Hi Pals!!.

06/07/2009 12:27.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Memo to Parker and Pepper Input
I'm writing the "Memo to Parker and Pepper" Column in BT. If you have an issue you want to explain to your birds or just something your birds did to make you laugh...post them here. I might put it in a column!

Come visit me, Parker (The "Memo Bird" in Bird Talk) & Pepper.

02/11/2009 06:48.49 AM Report This Comment  
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01/27/2009 04:02.27 PM  
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Look for some upcoming articles in Bird Talk Magazine. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Come visit me, Parker (The "Memo Bird" in Bird Talk) & Pepper.

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10/29/2008 10:20.43 AM  
  Pepper is doing so well!
Pepper is coming along beautifully. Many feathers have come back. Sometimes they appear and then fall out again mostly due to the follicle damage she has I think, but many seem to be coming in and staying in. Pepper now has pants! She also has an almost fully feathered back and feathers growing on her sides under her wings. When I first brought her here, she just barely had feather down on those spots.
She loves taking showers and her appetite is wonderful. Such an appreciative little eater! She has learned to get neck scratches and relishes time with me for her nightly head rubs. She's come a long way from being the scared, biting, cagebound bird that came to me a year and a half ago. I'm so very proud of Pepper.

Come visit me, Parker (The "Memo Bird" in Bird Talk) & Pepper.

03/05/2008 04:19.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Buddy...Feb 6th..please vote!
Good morning!!!Thanks for voting for me yesterday!!This campaign thing is tough and I don't want to step on anyone's claws, so if you like me and think I'm cool, please drop by and vote for me.I can't promise lower taxes, cheaper housing, an end to the war..I can't even go out and kiss eggs!!But I can give you funny pictures..signs are my specialty..and maybe the beginning of a beautiful friendship!!Here's looking at you, kid!!

Come visit me, Buddy !!!, Little Bird & Gracie*.

02/05/2008 09:34.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Buddy
Thanks for the comment...I thought we were having some fun with is whole BOTW thing because of the real elections going on...some people scolded us and Mom felt relly bad!!!Glad you saw the humor...here's a vote for you!!

Come visit me, Buddy !!!, Little Bird & Gracie*.

02/05/2008 12:11.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Buddy!! Please vote for me !!GREYS rule!!
I stopped by to ask you to help me get the honor of BOTW. Some friends decided to try to help me so I am doing my part. I thought I'd visit some bird friends who might back the Grey cause!!LOL If you have a chance, please stop by and vote!!I have a campaign poster as my picture..check it out!!Thanks!!

Come visit me, Buddy !!!, Little Bird & Gracie*.

02/04/2008 12:22.03 PM Report This Comment  
  you are a little
brave girl,what comes a long way,but so glad yoy found so a great loving home and how cool is that you can go to the pub,wow.hope you had a great weekend,come and visit me anytime BOBA&Flock

Come visit me, PADME"GUS IS MY FUTURE HUSBAND", Leia"I Like Tiki", BOBA, Bly,Commander Bly"I'M A BOY", YODA"FLY FREE BUDDY& ANAKIN,WE' LL MISS YOU", Jango & JABBA R.I.P. 4/20/06 - 11/4/09.

11/25/2007 01:03.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hootie hoo Pepper Bird!
I think you are a gorgeous little honey, Pepper! I'm a wing feather fusser at times, so understand about the plucky behaviors our Parronts try to help us to stop. It's a hard habit to break isn't it? Feathers or not, you are a pretty pretty sweetie!
Dorian Grey
http://www.birdchannel.com/blog/viewbio. aspx?apid=47663

Come visit me, Dorian Grey.

11/22/2007 06:25.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Pepper Progresses...
Pepper is continuing to play with toys more and more. I don't think she had any idea what they were for and I'm not sure if she even had any, but she is beginning to mess around with a few; doing a little chewing and tentatively touching and exploring. This is a good sign of better things to come! I'm very proud of her and pleased with how much she has come out of her shell. She even lets me stroke her beak and I can touch her feet without her having a cow about it. We've also been working on "potty training" her. She's doing well; no more dumping down the back of my shirt when she sits on my shoulder. She's getting "trash can" trained to the cue of "Bombs Away".

Come visit me, Parker (The "Memo Bird" in Bird Talk) & Pepper.

05/15/2007 04:39.07 AM Report This Comment  
  I'm glad to hear that Pepper is coning around and starting to trust you. Here's a vote for you from me~~Xerxes

Come visit me, XERXES, HOLLIE, RAINBOW, BIG BIRD, SKYY, HAROLD (GREATER VASA), MAUDE (GREATER VASA), SUMMER, HARLEQUIN R.I.P 9/07/09, SCRATCH & UZI.

04/25/2007 04:03.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Pepper Is Doing Well!
Pepper seems to be gaining ground. She has now allowed me to touch her beak and will put her head down for me to scratch her neck feathers. She politely sits on my knee and she no longer shakes. Her trust is building, and she seems to be very relaxed when she is with me. She is also beginning to play with toys. I'm not sure she had any in her former life!
So it's going well, and she seems to ber very happy. And her appetite? She still eats like a Sumo Wrestler!
Patricia

Come visit me, Parker (The "Memo Bird" in Bird Talk) & Pepper.

04/22/2007 07:45.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Here's a vote pretty girl!

michelle, rochester, IN.

04/12/2007 10:54.13 AM Report This Comment  
  For Patricia
Hello, you sent me the website for Phoenix Landing and I was browsing through....however I thought this would be in Florida. Is there a branch down here that doesn't appear on the website? From what I read it was Washington D.C. and North Carolina. I thought since you were in Hollywood, FL, not too far from Miami, that this would be a local rescue. Please let me know. Thanks.

Come visit me, Lola & Irwin.

04/05/2007 08:10.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Mom found a great new home for Snuggles. She wasn't planning on rehoming him. Snuggles took one look at George and demanded that he be picked up. Once George picked him up Snuggles melted into his chest. It was so touching mom got tears in her eyes. Snuggles never acted that way with strangers before! Anyway Snuggles moved in with George and his family and he's VERY happy there. Mom's sad but she says now she can rescue another bird that needs her and find them a great home too! ~Alex

michelle, rochester, IN.

04/05/2007 06:19.58 AM Report This Comment  
  That's a great story and a wonderful thing for you to have done. I am glad Pepper has found a great and loving forever home.

Come visit me, Lola & Irwin.

03/30/2007 01:15.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi There
Thanks for coming to see me. Here's another vote for you...I am so happy to see Greys like me find forever homes after not receiving great care in the beginning. You will have a long healthy life now...like me~~Uzi

Come visit me, XERXES, HOLLIE, RAINBOW, BIG BIRD, SKYY, HAROLD (GREATER VASA), MAUDE (GREATER VASA), SUMMER, HARLEQUIN R.I.P 9/07/09, SCRATCH & UZI.

03/24/2007 07:34.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Parker
Donating the cage is such a nobel thing to do if you win. I have been voting for all of my friends, including you, but we can't see the votes anymore...Good luck, my friend, and here's a vote for you~~Harley

Come visit me, XERXES, HOLLIE, RAINBOW, BIG BIRD, SKYY, HAROLD (GREATER VASA), MAUDE (GREATER VASA), SUMMER, HARLEQUIN R.I.P 9/07/09, SCRATCH & UZI.

03/22/2007 04:59.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hooray for Greys!
Kelly here to say, "You're beautiful, Pepper." Your story is a heartbreaker with a happy ending, thankfully. How many other little lost birdies langish in the shadows, waiting to be rescued and loved...It breaks my little CAG heart... Your words of "Thank you, thank you" say it all. A pleasure to meet you.

Come visit me, Kelly.

03/17/2007 09:32.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Parker's Poem
My brother has a poem entered into the Prevue Cage Poem Contest. Please take a moment and vote for Parky. His poem is on page 12 of the entries. You can vote every day if you like. If Parker's poem wins, Patricia is going to donate it to Phoenix Landing, a non-profit parrot rescue and adoption organization. Parker's picture is the third one on page 12 and he is the African Grey holding a piece of fruit. Thank you for your kindness!

Come visit me, Parker (The "Memo Bird" in Bird Talk) & Pepper.

03/10/2007 06:05.06 AM Report This Comment  
  I am so happy to see you find such a wonderful home. You look great!!! I voted for you~~Uzi

Come visit me, XERXES, HOLLIE, RAINBOW, BIG BIRD, SKYY, HAROLD (GREATER VASA), MAUDE (GREATER VASA), SUMMER, HARLEQUIN R.I.P 9/07/09, SCRATCH & UZI.

03/08/2007 05:15.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Your story kinda sounds like mine! Mom is still working with me but by improving my diet my attitude has improved too. I only ate cheep wild bird seed before. Now that I get 2 to 3 diffrent meals a day I refuse to even touch seed! I lived in a dog cage with just a little broken bell for a toy. Mom and the vet are shocked that I still have all my feathers. My mom wants to take some parrot behavior training too. Where did your mom get hers from? ~Snuggles

michelle, rochester, IN.

03/06/2007 05:30.00 AM Report This Comment  
  I loved your story, quite an amazing mom you got there Pepper. :) SO HAppy for you :)

Diane, New Smyrna Beach,, FL.

02/26/2007 07:52.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Pepper Is Speaking Up!
Pepper is becoming more and more comfortable with herself. More "comments" from her past are creeping into her vocabulary. I swear I heard her say, "Want a Carrot? Hmmmm?" a few days ago. And She started saying, "Hey", and "Pepper is good bird! A good Bird!" So we'll see what else she comes up with as time passes. She's going to be 16 this month, so I'm sure more will pop out.

Come visit me, Parker (The "Memo Bird" in Bird Talk) & Pepper.

01/01/2007 04:28.05 AM Report This Comment  
  How Hedwig picked us....
Well, I guess she was the calmest bird in the bird room, and kept watching us.....then she came right onto my hand, and wouldnt let go!!!!

Come visit me, Hedwig.

12/21/2006 06:02.19 PM Report This Comment  
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