If only more people spayed or neutered their pets

Dog emaciated
A very sad reality for some domestic animals.

I know that pets are so significant in many of our lives. Most give us unconditional love, make us laugh, become integral members of our family, and much more. As a person with bipolar disorder (a mental illness), I’ve also experienced pets as a source of great emotional support. During my life, I have primarily been a cat or parrot owner, but I love all animals. When I see any animal struggling or injured (or dead alongside the road) it breaks my heart. The sad thing is that such observations are far too numerous. Obviously some of these occurrences are just the reality of nature, others are clearly caused by humans, unintentionally, and tragically sometimes intentionally. Though many of us wish we could end humans’ negative impact on animals, often we have to become partially numb to it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do some things that can make a difference. Continue reading

Bird boy’s 1st birthday (aka hatch day)

Bird birthday

My dear Hahn’s macaw is officially one year old today (March 27, 2018)! It’s hard to imagine that exactly one year ago he was struggling to make his way out of his egg shell. I’m afraid that I was not there to witness his hatching. He became part of our family six months later, when he was already looking like a big boy. Continue reading

A Constant Pest – My parrot won’t let me write

 

I love him dearly, but he sure can be a constant pest! I let him out of his cage to play on his bird gym, but he won’t let the opportunity pass to make his way to my laptop and either say “Look at me!” or “That little lamp thingy on your lap desk looks more fun than the perches on my play gym!” Continue reading

The new boy in our life

Neruda
Our new young lad

I am so excited to announce that after grieving the loss of my pet Pacific Parrotlet for seven months, my husband and I finally decided it was time to welcome a new pet friend into our household. This time we decided to adopt a Hahn’s macaw. Hahn’s macaws are like mini macaws. They look a bit like a regular large macaw, but are more the size of a conure, or a little bigger than a cockatiel.

We are yet to name our young lad, but we have already fallen in love with him. He is four months old, and will need to get used to being in a household with people. He seems to be a mild-mannered guy, but that could change once he gets used to us and our home.

I am home almost all day long, so he will get lots and lots of attention. He will also surely serve as my new emotional support animal. Back in February, after I lost my pet parrotlet, I wrote about the significance of emotional support animals, both official and unofficial. If anyone is interested in that post you can find it at The Emotional Support Pet.

Please wish me luck with my new friend, and feel free to share your loving stories about your pet(s). They are so so important to many of us.

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The emotional support pet

dog-and-catOne week ago, my husband and I lost our beloved 15 year old parrot. He had been ill for about a month, but we were hoping so much that he was on the mend. But the two days before his passing he took a sudden turn for the worse, and it became obvious that he  might not survive for much longer. Before he was up for another ride to the avian vet, he had another seizure (he had had two in the past month) and he was gone. My husband and I were devastated. We are both still in the midst of the grieving process, and feel a deep deep loss.

My parrot, Lima, was not just a beloved pet to me, but was for me, an unofficial emotional support animal. Continue reading