Blessings of The Animals

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I just learned that October 4th is the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. KDKH posted her post  about this, please go check it out. It’s a BEAUTIFUL prayer. I knew nothing about St. Francis until now but I was very happy to learn. Yes, it is a religious partake but beyond that fact, having a day to bless the animals that surrounds us, I think is beautiful.

I share all special days with my parrids (remember Kodak was my valentine this year, 2018) but to have a specific day for them is sweet. I will definitely be blessing the animals on this day going forward.

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On October 4th, people were having a feast and saying prayers for all the animals and although I missed out on the feast, I will be sure to say a prayer not only for my lovely parrots but for myself, my kids, my followers and subscribers because regardless of my or your religion, it can’t hurt to have some positive words covering us. Remember, humans are mammals therefore we, too, are animals.

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Two cute white lambs standing in green grass

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The Beginning – First Parrot

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We started our journey by seeing my niece’s cockatiel being so nice and tamed and thought aww, how sweet. The following week I was in the mall and this guy was set up outside of a store with two cages full of cockatiels. Even though, I always wanted a parrot growing up, my actual knowledge was null, to the point I didn’t even know a cockatiel was considered a parrot. As I was standing there deciding which of these birds we were going to bring home, I knew the set up was wrong. It was crowded with so many birds, I felt sorry for them but not knowing any better I purchased a cockatiel from him for 100 dollars. I got a good little cage with a stand, some food and off to home we went.

 

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The guy told me, the bird I chose was a female so we named her Sky but Sky wasn’t welcoming of us at all and as much as I tried, it just wasn’t working. I turned to my sister as they had Jake and he was nice. They came over and helped me clip her wings but Sky still was not having it. She would bite, scream, lunge after us  and just scared us. I regretted getting this bird. After about a month, I convinced my sister to take Sky so she could learn how to behave from Jake. Unfortunately, Sky taught Jake and not the other way around :(. My sister ended up giving Jake and Sky back to Jake’s breeder and within moments of him first meeting Sky she was putty in his hands. To the point he would just have her sitting on his chest and she would willingly stay.

Jake actually turned out to be a She and her name became Jacqueline and Sky went on to have many clutches. For me, I was adamant that a bird WAS NOT the pet for me!! And I continued on my pet journey as you can read about here.

Years later not realizing that Sky was a parrot and not just a bird. I ventured off to obtain my first (what I thought to be my first) parrot, a galah cockatoo that costed me 2,500 CAD and only ended up staying alive for 3 years. Click on that follow button so you don’t miss out on my next post ( My Galah Cockatoo – the parrot that started it all).

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