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Dydh da diworth Kernow
Thu 9-Jun-11
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big_hug Ruthie. I hope Mollie forgives you soon.

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welldone Mollie dog has her waggy tail back in action and is even eating the horrendously expensive vet diet food. With added doggy gravy. Who knew there was such a thing?

Now I'm trying to type with a baby jackdaw on one shoulder and a baby collared dove on the other. At least the jackdaw is only here for the afternoon while my dd is having an afternoon out. Then the kitten on wings can go back home and screech in her ear when he's hungry!

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Sat 11-Jun-11
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wave Oh that is good news Ruthie.  How have you got  a baby collared dove?  I just love those birds and have one or two pairs who live around my house.  I love the sound of their wings as they fly off into the trees.

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Sat 11-Jun-11
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She is a beautiful little thing Danuta. peace The postman rang my doorbell to ask if I'd pick her up. She was laid by the footpath and not moving. There's an odd thing that happens to doves and sometimes pigeons. They will sit for days without moving, not eating or drinking, just in a daze. They look perfectly ok, but an adult bird will sit right in front of food and water and not show any interest. Of course they can't last long like that. After several days of force feeding they will quite suddenly wake up as if nothing was ever wrong. This little baby wasn't too bad, and has come back to life now, but she is too young to feed herself so I'm still playing mum. She's whistling quite happily today. smile

Uh oh, she just found out she can fly upwards peace and is now perched on the curtain rod. Mischief the Jackdaw is quite happy exploring the computer desk, but we did have words about him using the keyboard as a trampoline.

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Sat 11-Jun-11
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Such good news about Mollie, I hope she continues to improve.  I'd love to be in your house and close to a Jackdaw and a Collared Dove.

I'll try that again!

Sat 11-Jun-11
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Must be such fun in your house, Ruth.  Good to hear Mollie's feeling better.

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

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So glad Mollie is wagging her tail & eating again. That must be such a relief..big_hug to you & all your animal friends....!!

 

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from Les Miserables

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Arrived in France on Sunday - and this time a dead starling was lying on the hall mat. For the last two years, we seem to have attracted birds into the chimney after we've returned to the UK - not once has one appeared while we're here.

Very sad.

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"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

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You'll just have to put some wire netting over your chimney pots BS.

BTW, did you get my recent e-mail?

I'll try that again!

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Er ...... no, I haven't had an e-mail from you ! surprised

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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In that case, I shall PM you - it's concerning an exchange.  Wait for it!

I'll try that again!

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I've not been around so much lately... I have to confess I've been spending time on another forum. (Not half as good as this one, though.) The reason – and it was a good one, I promise – was to educate myself about the needs of the newest addition to my family.

His name is Gwynn, and here's his story.

For some time, I'd felt that there was a hole in my heart; an emptiness that needed filling. The only way I can describe it is to say that I felt broody – and I'm too old a bird for that lark! I decided the hole was dog shaped. I had in mind a little bitch, perhaps two years old, a dog that needed a good home and special loving care.

So I began looking at adverts. Lots of adverts. One facebook list in particular was only for my area, with lots of posts every day, so I began looking at it quite frequently. One ad kept coming back to the top of the list and calling for my attention. There was even a video of a cute little chap, bouncing about the floor. Not for me, though. Not what I was looking for. But every couple of days, there he was again. No one wanted him. I started to think about him through the day. I began to talk to my children about him. My daughter said “Get him!” I said, “No, I'm looking for a dog – not a cockatoo!”

Yes, a cockatoo, of all things. I read up about them. Needy, noisy, destructive. Not for me. But the ad kept coming up. My daughter said “Go and see him, then you'll know.” And so, in the end, I agreed. But the seller said someone else was going to see him the next day – unless I could go that same evening? I said no, he's not for me then. If he's meant to be mine then the universe will throw him back to me.

The next day the seller said the other person hadn't shown. The universe had thrown him back to me. I made arrangements to visit. My daughter came with me to add her empathy for all things feathered, and her boyfriend drove. We arrived to find there were five dogs running in an undisciplined pack through the house. In the kitchen a young boy, in a state of high excitement, was stirring the bird up. All were sent out of the room, and “Rocky” was brought of out his cage. He came to my hand and then to my daughter's, but made it plain that he wanted to come back to me. He chose me. I was the human he'd been looking for. Sold.

I knew he must have problems, why else would no one want this lovely bird? A bit of sleuthing has helped me to piece together some of his history. His first home lasted five years. The second, two years. The third, three months. He then spent two weeks in a temporary home before going to a pet shop. He was sold to someone who kept him only a week before passing him onto the woman I bought him from a couple of weeks later.

He is afraid of anything even remotely stick-like in a human hand. Even a spoon is seen as an offensive weapon. His only defence when afraid is to bite, and he's learnt to attack first and ask questions later. He's also learnt that attacking humans brings about retalliation and expects the worst. The woman who kept him for one week was terrified of him, I was told. The man at the house where I bought him would not be in the room with him. He tells himself he is a naughty boy.

And yet he has never, on the few occasions that he has lashed out at me in fear, done any more than pinch. He is so very gentle when at ease with me. He likes to sit on my knee, simply keeping quiet company. He licks and delicately beaks my hand and fingers. He craves affection, lifting his wings to be tickled underneath. Late at night, he sings in the quietest possible voice and I duet with him, call and answer, following his melody. He now goes happily back into his cage on demand, for the reward of his favourite nut. Slowly, he is learning not to expect violence for reacting out of fear.

How did this sweet, gentle and loving bird become a vicious monster that no one wanted? Through misunderstanding, through force and fear, and through insecurity. He's only been with me for six weeks. He doesn't yet trust that this is his home. He wants to love me but he's afraid that I will betray him, turn on him, as humans have done time and time before.

These birds have the same lifespan as a human. They have the intelligence of a four year old child but the emotional control of a two year old. They are much more complex and emotionally demanding than a dog. Sadly, there has been a boom in breeding parrots of all kinds and they cost about the same as a pedigree dog; the more exotic, the higher the price. I say sadly because as Gwynn's story shows, once past the cuddly baby stage, many become unwanted. Rescue centres are full of birds who, in their distress, have plucked their feathers – some to the point of self mutilation. Most of these sad creatures were once a highly prized, hand-reared, trusting, cuddly tame babies.

Gwynn had been a cuddly hand-reared baby too, but he was on that same downward spiral before he came to me. He has plucked a patch of feathers from his chest and he may never kick that habit.

I didn't know there was a cockatoo shaped hole in my life, but apparently there was a me shaped hole in his. I'll do my best not to let him down.

 

 

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wave  What can I say?  The tears are streaming down my face.  This beautiful boy was meant to come into your life.  Like you said, he chose you and we all know he could not have chosen a more caring person with a track record of looking after our feathered friends.  Okay, so perhaps I am a bit more emotional about things like that right now, but like you said about Shuna    "She was meant for you, and you for her. Sometimes the universe just turns that way. "    Well I think the same about you and Gwynn.  May you continue to gain his trust and let him understand that he has a forever home, where he will always be loved and respected.  big_hug  

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He looks lovely Ruth, I hope you both continue to enjoy each other's company for many years to come...do you know how old he is?

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