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August 22, 2002

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Margherita, the Pet of the Day
Name: Margherita
Age: Eleven years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Jenday Conure
Home: Redmond, Washington, USA
   Margherita is a male, named before his humans knew better. He is quite a character. While he cannot perform human speech, he is able to do some other noises: he imitates the opening a soda pop can, running water, kisses and the opening pill bottles. He's especially cute when he laughs at his human's sense of sarcasm.

    He loves boxes and will go inside them and shred these for hours. To his humans, this serves as a form of a baby sitter, therefore giving them a break because he wants to be with them every minute of the day. He dislikes all forms of team sports and will get down off of the couch to charge and chase the players on the television. This is especially apparent when his humans watch car races, as pit crew stops are his favorites.

    He's intelligent enough to be able to hold a grudge. When his human "daddy" returns from gone on a business trip he's happy to see him, but lets him know he's displeased that he's been gone by giving him a little "love bite."

    Most endearing is this loyalty to his human parents. He is very possessive of his people and his territory, so much so that he will chase and try to bite any stranger enters his domain. We have had him for a long time and we would be at a loss without him. He's a great companion.

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