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October 07, 1999

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Pepper, the Pet of the Day
Name: Pepper
Age: Nine months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Sun Conure Parrot
Home: British Columbia, Canada
   Hello, my name is Pepper and I'm a Sun Conure parrot. I think my human companions picked a very good name for me as I am certainly always full of pep and I know I add a lot of spice to their life. I am still a baby at nine months and my colors will become much brighter as I get older. But, you must admit, I'm pretty colorful already! I'm constantly being told that I'm a "pretty bird." I think I get away with a lot because my humans think I'm so cute but I also give very good kisses so I'm sure that helps too.

    My favorite food is whatever is on my humans plate and my favorite game is to have my humans chase me up their arm with their fingers. When I get to their shoulder, I roll over on my back, scream, kick my feet and get my tummy tickled. I think this is fun and they seem quite happy to indulge me. For relaxation, I like nothing more than to have my neck and beak massaged.

    Pepper is the newest addition to our family. We already have a cat - RJ (July 15th Pet of the Day) and a dog - Kuma (nominated, but has not appeared yet). We have always wanted a bird but have been too afraid of the responsibility involved and having a cat and a bird in the same household. Well, that all changed one Saturday afternoon in a pet store. This brightly colored little character caught our attention and his personality won our hearts instantly. He came home with us and we haven't looked back. RJ has even accepted Pepper and has never made any attempt to go after him - just watches with a quizzical look on his face. Yes, Pepper is a big responsibility (a long term one too) and, as all bird lovers know, he can be very messy. But, ask us if that matters. The answer is "no" because the joy and love we get from the companionship of this little feathered creature far exceeds anything we could possibly ever give him or do for him.

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