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September 29, 1998

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Corky, the Pet of the Day
Name: Corky
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Breed: Cockatiel
Home: New Braunfels, Texas, USA
 
   Corky is a cockatiel and was a gift from my father and mother. My mother raises cockatiels and my father took him out of the big bird house outside and tamed him in their home. He has brought me much joy and laughter.

    Corky is full of personality. He loves people, attention, and eating off my plate. I call him my bird dog because he whistles to let me know when he sees someone coming. And if he recognizes them, he gets very excited and starts flying from one room to the other until they reach the front door. And he has his favorites.

    He whistles, including the wolf-whistle and the Andy Griffith theme song, and talks. He says hello Corky, pretty bird, come here, and his own combination of all of those. Sometimes he will even play peek-a-boo.

    He even puts himself to bed at night. Every night between 9 and 10 he goes into his cage (I leave it open all day so he can go in and out at will) and whistles until he gets my attention. He's letting me know that it's time to close the cage and cover him up.
 

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