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May 22, 2001

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Pancho, the Pet of the Day
Name: Pancho
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Pied Cockatiel
Home: Denver, Colorado, USA
   My name is Pancho and I am a three year-old pied male cockatiel. I live with my human mama and daddy and grandpa in Denver, Colorado, along with two dachshunds. Who needs a cat in our house, because I meow just like one! In fact, I like to meow whenever anyone comes home or over to visit just to greet them. I also like to laugh with my people when they watch TV. When my mama puts me to bed, then I make kitty purring sounds for her. I like to imitate the sounds I hear and whenever someone picks up a Kleenex, I hold onto the cage bar with my beak and make nose-blowing sounds along with them. Everyone must like it when I do that, because they always laugh and that makes me laugh too! It's also fun to imitate when my people zip up their coats or my mama zips her purse.

    I am a special bird because I am very musical! Although I do say, "pretty bird" and "pretty Pancho," "head rub", "knock knock", "night night" and a few other phrases, my favorite thing to do is to whistle! My mama is a musician and she taught me to always do a nice vibrato when I whistle, and to even do arpeggios and trills! My favorite tunes to whistle are "Andy Griffith Theme," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Volare" and sometimes I even make up my own medleys of all of them! And even better, I love to bob my head up and down and tap the beat with my beak on the cage while I whistle. I even make up many tunes of my own! I wonder what songs my mama is getting ready to teach me next? I guess I will have to sit on the piano keys now and wait for my music lesson!

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