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April 28, 1999

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Bucky, the Pet of the Day
Name: Bucky
Age: Four years old
Gender: Male
Kind: African Grey
Home: Los Angeles, California, USA
   Hi, this is Bucky. Bucky is an African grey (timneh) parrot. He is about four years old and was hatched in Madison Wisconsin. As a baby he was handfed by the late Jo Terzich, who was the beloved Bird Lady of Madison. While there, he was a featured baby in the newsletter of the local bird club, MACAW (Madison Area Cagebird Association of Wisconsin).

    Bucky lived in Madison for four years or so, then when I got married and moved to California, Bucky moved with me, along with his roommates Tuka the Senegal parrot and the two cats Baby and Daphne. He spent four days travelling cross-country, staying in bird-friendly motels at night. Bucky has a vocabulary of about 50-60 words and phrases, but his favorite is imitating the telephone dial beeps, saying "hello," having a garbled conversation then "hanging up" with "Ok bye," then a click. He loves his pellets, fresh fruit, veggies and relaxing on top of his cage when the dog is outside. If he is out of his cage and can't see me, he'll hop down and go looking for me, leaving a trail of poop everywhere he goes, so I have to keep a sharp eye on him. By the way, Bucky is named after University of Wisconsin mascot Bucky Badger! GO BADGERS!

    It's not hard to find bird-friendly motels (or at least tolerant ones). I did a motel search through and did a qualified search. For the record, most La Quinta Inns and Red Roof Inns accept pets (though you should book with the hotel directly and double-check, don't book through their 800 numbers).

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