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August 24, 2003

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Bailey, the Pet of the Day
Name: Bailey
Age: Seven months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Gray Cockatiel
Home: Oregon, USA
   Bailey is special because he is the light in my life and an extremely lucky bird. Right before I got Bailey, I was having a very difficult time with some painful life issues and felt pretty lonely. I did not own any pets and noticed my church pastor's passion in breeding cockatiels and the happiness they provided her. I took one off her hands at six weeks (very young) and we immediately attached. He was almost like a permanent fixture on my shoulder - always keeping each other company. Several weeks later, while I was moving Bailey got away from me - clipped wings and all. He did not get far and we were calling for each other. Right as I saw him walking to me, the neighbors cat nabbed him and dragged him away. My heart broke in two and I thought I would never see him again. Luckily, a neighbor heard Bailey scream (and probably my scream), and between the two of us we were able to get Bailey away from the cat. We rushed him to the vet and did have to give him several shots over a period of time, but he came through without any major puncture wounds, or broken bones.

    That was three months ago and he has fully recovered. He takes showers with me three times a week and yells "HEY???" when he knows I am in there without him. His favorite songs are Lets Go Out to the Ball game and Andy Griffith. Some of his favorite words are "Awwk! Chickenhawk!," "Here Kitty Kitty...MEOW! Baaaad Kitty", "What are you doing, huh?" and "Hello!" His favorite food as you can see is macaroni and cheese.

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