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August 26, 2001

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Biskit, the Pet of the Day
Name: Biskit
Age: Three and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Parakeet
Home: Castro Valley, California, USA
   This is Biskit, our friendly little Parakeet! He is a very welcome addition to our family, and we get along with him very well. When we first went to the pet store to look for a parakeet, we looked in the parakeet window, and he came running up to us! It is like he chose us! We took him home because we could see he would get used to us. Now he likes to bother Molly, the family Australian Shepherd, and he really has a great vocabulary. He likes to say his name, and he either chirps when we sneeze, or he says "Bless you" in his own cute little voice. His chirps sound like "Bloop!"

    At dinner, he has his own little routine. First, he dings his little bell at the back of his cage, then slides down the side bars to his seed cup perch, he eats for a while, then fluffs up and rests and digests his food. Finally, as we are just finishing dinner, he gets all worked up and 'gets stuck' in his ladder to trick us into thinking he is really stuck so we will get up, open his cage, and then he can get up real quickly and sneak out! He is very sneaky.

    He likes to eat pickles, lettuce, spinach, shredded American cheese or Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese, celery, corn kernels, and tuna. He likes to look at himself in the mirror. He thinks it is another bird friend. He gets along with the family dog, Molly, and he talks to her feet. When ever she walks into the room, he starts to talk to her ("Biskit baby!" and "Bloop!"). He also loves to talk to various objects: flowers, mirrors, tables, glass, his own shadow,other shiny surfaces, walls,and other round objects about the size of his head that stick up about his height. He is a fantastic addition to our family, and we hope he is with us a very long time!

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