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June 27, 2002

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Chilo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chilo
Age: Eight months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Congo African Grey
Home: Houston, Texas, USA
   I had been doing my homework researching about the different parrot breeds and their most common traits. I seemed to prefer the African Grey because of their somewhat independent personality and intelligence. In March I was hospitalized for acute renal failure, and after I left the hospital I knew I was ready for my African Grey. I was looking at reputable breeders, and when I walked to the fish shop, The store owner told me a little eight-year-old girl had turned in her Cockatoo, Macaw and African Grey because her parents were divorcing, and she moved with her Dad to an apartment complex that did not allowed parrots.

    I looked at the mischievous and scared eyes of the African Grey who was the only one left, came home and told my partner, then five minutes later we were back and buying Chilo. He is so special because he whistles at my fifteen-year-old schnauzer Benji. When Benji comes near, thinking it's me, he says, "Good Dog". That really makes my day! He also loves chili peppers and he yells "Jalapeno!" Spanish for pepper.

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