By DIANA WALDHUBER
Last week I believe I told you there was going to be a repeat DogTown episode for me to report on, but apparently I lied. Not on purpose, mind you, but because of my sudden and apparent inability to read correctly -- not to mention the fact that my attention skills seemed rather subpar that day -- we aren't going to talk about DogTown today.
Don’t worry, though, I’m going to report instead on another fab feature at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: the Parrot Garden. Yep, this is for those of you who are too lazy to actually click on a site and read through it for the relevant information (admit it, we’ve all been there and done that).
Now, I'll be the first to admit that I’m not really into birds. I think they’re beautiful and it’s pretty darn impressive they can fly sans the giant tin can with metallic wings (that's a plane for all you non-birds out there), but I’ve never been keen to the idea of putting something into one of those itty-bitty cages.
Now for all you card-carrying members of the Aviaries Anonymous out there (no, there isn't such a thing), don't start sending me hate e-mails just yet. I'm not really against birds. They're just not my sort of thing.
Nevertheless, after checking out the parrot garden, I was fascinated to learn that some parrots can live as long as 80 years or so. That’s longer than some of us! So you can see why they need a place to call home after they lose theirs (for whatever reason).
And what homes have the people at the Parrot Garden provided them! Not only are they spacious and sun-drenched, but they have large flight aviaries in which they can flutter about without a care in the world. For some of the birds, they've never flown before, so you get how this can be a real treat for the animals.
As parrots are very intelligent, they need lots of activities to stave off boredom. Flying is definitely numero uno on the list, but they also get to participate in other great activities, such as meeting visitors, school groups, and, of course, potential adoptive families.
However, Best Friends doesn't just allow any potential adopter to simply come, point, and choose their next pet. No! They are educated about bird care, feeding, and handling. Yep, you’re pretty much given a parrot lesson, which is a great idea. This way Best Friends is assured the bird will receive quality of life it deserves.
They have lots of great stories and information on the birds on the website. I especially loved Jazzy, the little parrot that lost her home when the other parrots she lived with kept attacking her. Her beak was torn so badly and the family's vet bills were so much that they decided to send her to the Parrot Garden. Once she was nursed back to health, Jazzy learned to eat with her torn beak and live a happy life. She is now the proud adoptee of a loving loving family.
After hanging out in the Parrot Garden (virtually, of course), I have a confession to make … I now think birds are awesome. Parrots are mega-cool and smart and have fantastic personalities to boot. And the other smaller birds that live in the Parrot Garden? Well, they're pretty awesome, too!
I just might have to revisit soon and tell you all about some of the parrots living there.
Talk to you next week.