Articles: Parrots

Parrots Prove Deadly, Uh Oh….Clea Simon's New Book

She calls herself “a recovering journalist,” Listen HERE to my conversation with author Clea Simon on Steve Dale’s Pet World. Her latest book is “A  Pru Marlowe Pet Noir: Parrot’s Prove Deadly.”  In this thriller, perhaps a parrot knows ‘who done it,’ but will he tell all…or just want a cracker? With the only other possible witnesses being…

Parrot Lovers Mourn, Liz Wilson Passes Away

Liz Wilson was a pioneer in parrot behavior. While she had mixed feelings (at best) about larger parrot species (like Amazons or African grey’s, for example) kept as pets. Still,  she also felt they deserved the best quality of life possible as pets, and worked to educate others to make that happen.. When I received…

Cockatoo May be Smarter Than Most People

Bird knows more tricks than I know. This cockatoo from the Czech Republic – you may not understand the cues in Czechoslovakian, but you’ll get the idea. The bird sure understands. Also, evident is the bond the owner has with his very smart bird.

Pet Owners Offer Pet Resolutions for 2013

From the American Veterinary Medical Association,  Dr. Ron DeHaven expressed his New Year’s resolutions for pets, and I’ve offered my own. Now, from my Facebook fan page – here are a selected number of yours: “My resolution is for my heart and mind to follow the Serenity Prayer in my pet rescue efforts: ‘God grant me…

Your Questions Answered: Potty Mouthed Bird; Pet Over Vaccination, Traveling Pugs

Q: What should we do with our potty-mouthed bird? Bingo is a 16-year-old Amazon parrot. He’s a wonderful companion to our entire family. We also have a 14-year-old son who’s started using bad language. We were tipped off when Bingo began to talk like a drunken sailor. We can deal with our son, but how…

AVMA Releases Pet Census Results

SAN DIEGO, CA — Pet ownership is on the decline. On Aug. 3, during the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention here, Dr. Karen Felsted revealed new data from the soon-to-be-released 2012 AVMA Pet Demographic Sourcebook (based on data collected in 2011). This pet census polls over 50,000 American households every five years. While cats…

Taking Pet Photos

John Caruso is a master at pet photography. I am a fan and friend – his images capture the personality of his four-legged subjects as few can. And often he’ll add his own artistry in a way I could never do (because I lack the photography skills, and also he sees your pet differently than…

WGN Radio Petcast: Preparing for Emergencies, Pet Insurance, Cat Genetics, Parrots and Ferrets

This WGN Radio Petcast wins the Gold Medal for being the most jam packed ever! (May take a moment to load): Tracy Reis, national director of Red Star Emergency Services at the American Humane Association talks about preparing for your pets’ survival in emergencies. Everything from carrier training for cats to the importance of microchipping.…

Cockatiel Whistles the Addams Family

If you enjoyed the Cockatiel singing the Andy Griffith theme song, check out a cockatiel whistling along to the Addams Family theme. If it’s a TV theme song a cockatiel can do it. But it seems songs without lyrics with whistling are easier for birds to catch on to – after all, it figures –…

Conversation with Irene Pepperberg, Alex Foundaiton

Irene Pepperberg has learned more about parrot behavior than anyone on the planet…listen HERE to the First Lady of Parrots from Steve Dale’s Pet World. Her most recent paper demonstrated that an African Grey parrot could actually add – Alex knew, for example, that 3 and 2 equals five. Pepperberg would be able to ask…

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