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April 4, 2000

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Benjie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Benjie
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Cockatiel
Home: San Diego, California, USA
   We are John and Allison and live in San Diego, California. This is our pied Cockatiel named "Benjie." Benjie is about two years old, talks and whistles tunes. He likes to "nest" in the crook of my arm every night for about a half hour prior to being put up for the night. He loves go for rides in my pickup. Benjie is also potty-trained. We also have a Goffin's cockatoo named "Velcro." "You gotta love them birds!"

    Benjie is the first bird in many years. We picked him up at a bird store (Bird Crazy). They had about twenty tiels on a playpen in the store and when I walked by Benjie jumped on me. I carried him around the store for a few minutes and then put him back. The next time we passed by the playpen he jumped on me again. My wife said he must want to go home with us, so he did. He says, "Whatcha doin' Benjie?" "Ben bird," "Baby bird" and he whistles a couple of tunes, one of which he will start and wait for me to finish or if I start it he will finish it. He'll play that game on and on. I know all the sad stories about taking birds out of the house, but we keep his wings clipped and he just loves to go. He rides in my pickup sitting on my arm. Even shifting gears doesn't spook him, he just hangs on. If I go into a store that he can't go into, he sits on my steering wheel until I get back. (By the way, he is potty trained) We have a restaurant in the neighborhood that has some outside tables, so Ben goes to breakfast with us occasionally. He really gets into the scrambled eggs and pancakes. He is real good about eating his fruit and veggies, much better than the Goffins, but he is getting better, too.

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