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-----You are probably
wondering why in the world I would be writing about our tiny cockatiel
out of all the possible things I COULD be writing about...... but Sleepy
Doo is a special cockatiel and one of Gunther's best friends!
years ago my mom and I went into the pet store to buy some dog food and
had no intention of buying a cockatiel. Though I had wanted one for a long
time I never got real serious about it, but we went in there and Joni (the
pet store manager) had a little cockatiel out that she had hand raised.
She said that he had just been returned to the store because he almost
died. Some people bought him but they worked all day so he was alone most
of the time and refused to eat so they brought him back. Joni nursed him
back to health and little Sleepy Doo just won both my and my moms hearts
and we had to have him. He is much smaller than a normal cockatiel
probably about ½ the size but we didn't care. He has a heart and
spirit and perk about him that is twice the size of a normal one. He was
only about 8 weeks old but already wolf whistled and said a few other things
which is VERY unusual at that age. Since we are home almost all the time
it seemed like a perfect fit for a lonely little bird that loved people.
---- Little Sleepy
Doo quickly brought so much happiness and joy to the place. He started
learning the songs my mom whistled to him and sings them to us every morning.
A few of the songs he whistles are Old McDonald had a farm, Happy
Birthday, Frosty the Snow Man, Jingle Bells and he has a very operatic
voice for To dream the impossible dream (one of his favorite songs). He
also says Sleepy Doo, How are you, I love you (in the sweetest little voice).
So you ask why the name Sleepy Doo ?? Well, when we got him he was
on pet store hours, meaning he liked to wake up about 10 AM and go to bed
about 8 PM. If you tried to mess with him out of those hours he would hiss
at you and let you know he was tired hence the nick name sleep doo
which just stuck with him. He is now on our hours and wakes up when we
do. But he won't make any noise until he knows everyone upstairs is awake.
Even if my mom gets up and is making noise Sleepy Doo won't sing until
I get up too.
----- He was
nervous about all dogs but with a little bit of training he learned to
completely trust Gunther and now sits on top of Gunthers head and sings
How much is that doggie in the window!! Gunther loves Sleepy
Doo and despite a HUGE size difference he is extremely careful around him,
and actually watches out for him. Once in awhile Sleepy Doo flys down to
the floor right at Gunthers feet and Gunther just looks at us as if to
say Mom, what are we going to do with him!. But he is very
patient and has recently taken to protecting Sleepy Doo from my new Bengal
Cat. Gunther does not bother Simba at all but when Simba starts
hanging around Sleepy Doos cage and sticking his feet in there Gunther
gets between them and chases Simba off! HE has a certain line and if Simba
crosses that and gets to close to Sleepy Doo then Gunther chases him off!
It's amazing to watch Simba doesn't think much of it at all! And
Simba being half wild cat would not think a thing of catching poor little
Sleepy Doo.... so it's a very good deal that Gunther has taken on the job
of protecting him!
Doo loves men!! Which I think is strange because he has been raised by
women but get a man in the room and Sleepy Doo is all kisses and sweet
talk! This fall my moms sister and her husband and daughters were visiting.
Well, Rich is not much of an animal person I must say he was an extremely
good sport being drug out into the mountains, with all the animals we have!
But silly Sleepy Doo took a serious liking to him and got him very well
trained while he was out here. One morning Sleepy Doo refused to have anything
to do with my mom or I and when Rich came into the room and didn't talk
to Sleepy Doo, he went into a serious pout. Finally, Rich went and took
him out and let him sit on his shoulder and that started the whole
routine for their entire visit. So I say Sleepy Doo is a very good human
have a parrot named Poncho. He is a Yellow Napped Amazon...... I like to
say Poncho has the personality of a rock, with a beak! Actually I am being
mean but compared to Sleepy Doo Poncho is.... well Poncho. But he
is learning to be a good bird. He had an extremely rough start to life
and lived with a bunch of guys that smoked. When we got Poncho he wheezed
and seemed to have trouble breathing -especially when he got nervous or
excited. Now almost a year later that has pretty much completely healed.
He used to try to bite us but my mom is a very good bird trainer
and now you can pick Poncho up and carry him around. He LOVES to ride on
your shoulder. They are supposed to be one of the best talking birds of
all..... Poncho is a very good talker but doesn't talk to often and doesn't
say too many things compared to what they should be able to do. I think
it is due to a rough start in life. But he says Poncho, Hello, Hey Baby,
Whatcha doing, Come in, Bawk Bawk Bawk Wheres the chicken Meow Meow Meow.
We don't know why he puts all that together the people must have
had a cat they called a chicken but it's pretty funny to hear him
say it! We've taught him to say My names Poncho what's YOUR
name. He laughs like a person and when he starts laughing it's very
contagious and anyone around starts to laugh as well! He says a few other
things too but I can't think of them now.
the pictures of Gunther and Sleepy Doo!
----Have a Wonderful
-----Till Next Time,
Everyone at Omega Shepherds
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