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January 7, 1999

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Bobbie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Bobbie
Age: Nine and a half years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Sun Conure
Home: San Jose, California, USA
   Bobbie is a Sun Conure living in San Jose, California. Bobbie is a very loving and considerate little friend. We share a one-room apartment, and when she wakes in the morning, she doesn't make any noise until she hears me moving around. Her automatic cage light comes on just after 6 am, and even with the light on she waits, contenting herself with last nights' leftovers until I rouse (as much as an hour later).

    In the last couple of years she been "speaking" to me with purrs, peeps, clicks, and grunts and rarely emits the distressing shriek with which Sun Conures are commonly associated. I credit her with the fact that my resting heart rate has reduced from 95 -115 beats per minute to a relatively constant 73.

    I turn off the TV and the little lump under the stadium blanket stirs, then holds very still. "It's birdy beddy bye time..." I whisper towards the lump (Yeah, I do it too). She gasps, then expels air in a squeak, then purrs as if to say - "Aw c'mon - It's so nice in here - I'll just sleep here all night - OK?" "Time for bed... let's go, baby." A hoarse, airy squeak of protest, then another - exasperation at an outrage she can't change. I roll back the cover, she starts to shiver as if suddenly freezing... but it doesn't work, I scoop her up carefully and kiss her tummy, carrying her to the cage. The cover is already on, the ceramic heater on the floor has made it nice and toasty warm. I place her into the cage, in far enough so she can't turn and keep me from closing the door (I don't want to get into that pleading back and forth again). She looks at me resentfully, as I pull the cover over the front. I hear her crawl to her mirror, which she flips onto her side to help her stay in place while she sleeps. A few hopeful "Brk" "Brk" sounds for five minutes, and she begins to fall away. The next sounds from her will be in the morning, her demand to come sleep with me for 20 minutes before I rise for the day. -But hey, she's not spoiled! I am.

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