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Dear MMR Productions:
I would like to share a heart-breaking story with your readers about our beloved African Grey, Mathew.
I purchased Mathew in a pet shop as a companion for my wife and I.
We had just lost our family dog after 14 years.
We didn't want another dog due to the fact that we're away from home for long hours.
My wife took to him almost immediately, he had personality.
Mathew was just starting to say a few words.
He was perfectly content on my shoulder while watching TV.
My wife taught him how to roll the ball with his beak, while playing with him on the floor.
It was a cold day around Christmas time just last year.
We woke up Sunday morning to another big snow storm.
Here in Buffalo we get big snow storms.
There was about 2 feet of snow on the ground already.
Our big problem was the house was ice cold.
The boiler had broken down during the night.
I went to the family room to check on Mathew, he was huddled in the corner of his cage, puffed up and shivering.
I went down the basement to see if I could restart the boiler, nothing, it was dead.
The repairman said they were backed up and some of the roads were closed off, he couldn't get there till later in the evening.
I quickly got an electric heater from the basement for Mathew.
We went outside to clear the driveway for the repairman.
The snow thrower wouldn't start so we had to shovel it by hand.
The family room's window faced our driveway, it was easy to hear the most terrifying scream we've ever heard.
My wife and I knew it was Mathew.
While we went trudging through the snow to get back inside, we heard another sound, it was the smoke alarm.
When we finally got inside, smoke was coming from the family room.
The heater's electric cord shorted out and was melting away.
I yanked the cord out of the outlet and grabbed Mathew, he was lying down in the cage, motionless.
I ran with Mathew outside to get him fresh air, but it was to late.
Mathew was gone.
Mathew was not even a year old, we had him 6 months.
I don't know if the heater cord was defective, or did I just have it on too high?
The irony is that we're still paying for him.
The credit card bill came the next day.
DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!
Never trust your bird alone with any appliance.
Heartbroken Joe & Ellen from Buffalo, NY
Thursday May 2, 2013
Hello Sweet Image!
It appears your parrot is testing you and trying to take control of YOU and the situation.
Parrots are like children and they will constantly test you to see what they can/can’t get away with.
By leaving your parrot on your shoulder, which is a high part of your body instead of a lower part of your body (Your Lap), you’re inadvertently giving her permission to take control.
Also, note it is spring time; parrots are molting and maybe uncomfortable & touchy.
You are partially doing the right thing by putting her back on her perch, but go one step further.
Next time, give your bird some down-time, if she bites you again, put her back in her cage and ignore her for at least an hour before taking her out again.
Also, avoid putting her on your shoulder for a while; put her on your lap instead.There are much more helpful tips and info available on our DVD “Parrots, The How To’s Of Caring, Understanding & Training” available here at http://knowyourparrot.com/
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