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November 25, 2013

Bird purchase turns buyer into a long-time friend

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Tonawanda News — “I take good care of them. Sometimes I think they have too many toys, so I pull them to the side and rearrange them,” she told me on the phone. “You know what they love Kenny Coogan? They like jazz. Oh they love jazz, when I leave the house I turn the radio up for them. And I turn the TV on for Portia. Do you know what she loves?”

Portia is her young chihuahua dog. What I asked, she replied, “Cartoons. And at night, she watches Law and Order. I woke up at 4 a.m. and she is looking straight at the TV watching Law and Order. I guess she likes the music — dun dun…”

We then talked about our families and mutual friends we have gained.  I then shared with her all the new happenings in my world and asked her a little more about her pets. Like all of us, she is aging; she also lives alone and now has four cockatiels — and Portia. You might think it would be easier for her to care just for herself, but her pets keep her going.

“Why do I like them so much? They are like people, and they are friendly. I like to watch them do their own things, I like how they eat their food, drink their water, do their own business. They are my best friends, too. I am crazy about them.”

Georgia sometimes has trouble with movement in her arm, but when she walks in the bird room, they give her strength. Smokey, Grey, Yellow, Mellow and Portia are her children. She visits with the birds off and on all day.

“My favorite thing about the birds is the color. I love their colors. They each have their own personality. They know me. They like when I wear a flowered shirt, colorful, bright colors. They will fly to you when you have yellow, orange and lime green shirts on.”

This year when you are passing the mashed potatoes, don’t just remember your long-time friends. Invite them over or give them a call. Reminisce about the old times and learn some new things.

Kenny Coogan, CPBT-KA has a bachelor’s degree in animal behavior. Please email your questions to kenny.coogan@yahoo.com, or search for “Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan” on Facebook.

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