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June 8, 2006

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Buddy, the Pet of the Day
Name: Buddy
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Spangled Harlequin
Home: Port Elliot, South Australia
   G'day I would like to introduce myself. My name is Buddy, and I was born in a town called Port Elliot which is on the coastline of South Australia. When I was old enough I was taken to a bird dealer along with my family and friends and we were placed into a very large cage next to many other cages with cockatoos and parrots.

    Then, one day while I was minding my own business and preening my feathers, I was taken by surprise when this large net captured me and I was placed into a dark box with holes around it. Of course, I was scared and fretting and all I could hear was my future owner's voice. She introduced herself to me and was very gentle and tolerant while getting to know me and she named me "Buddy". Eventually I built up trust towards her and now we are inseparable; I follow her everywhere and whenever my owner goes to visit her family in the city, I go with her and we all end up having a good time catching up. I must admit though that I am quite obnoxious, loud and bossy and when I look in the mirror I don't see me - I see a wedged-tailed eagle and say "I am buddy, and I am strong!" but when my owner puts my cage outside I can hear all the other birds that are much larger than me like the Australian magpie and the crows. Then, I am not so brave and loud - actually I keep very still and quiet till they pass; thankfully my owner is nearby when that happens.

    I love 'warbling' and 'chirruping' when the water tap is turned on and when I hear the shower being turned on I fly into the bathroom and just "lose myself" with the noise of the water. I have two girlfriends, one is a statue which looks just like me and I am very protective of her and am always trying to get some response from her but she just stares at me. I bang my beak on her beak and I hop on her back and head but she never seems to answer back - very frustrating! Then there is my other girlfriend who does respond and she is "the bell" in the cage. I have to say that she really gets my feathers standing on my head and I go all puffy! She really 'starts my motor' so much that I bury my face under the dome of the bell and whisper 'sweet nothings' to her; my owner and her friend are always laughing at me when I do that because I lift my leg up in the air as if I'm trying to grasp something while I'm talking to the bell and I don't even realise that I'm doing it!!

    Besides my silly antics I have learned to say a variety of words and short sentences, like, "Would you like a cup of tea!" "Hello, what are you doing?" "Buddy's a pest, yes you are!" and "Okay, bye!"- they are just a few.

    I have such a good life and my owner takes care of me well. Most nights before I go to bed I'll fly over to her shoulder, puff myself up and chatter to her or have a little snooze next to her cheek because of the warmth I can feel from her when I'm sitting up close. I feel so comfortable that I fall straight to sleep as you can see from my photo.

    I love my food. I gobble down the millet spray and eat any leftovers from my owner's meal and I'll gladly inspect any plate with leftovers to see if there are any tasty morsels that I can nibble on that have been forgotten.

    I also have my toys which I guard from any wandering fingers that may try to take them away from me. I have learnt not to bite too hard but I do give a playful nip; my owner has a good time chasing my toys with her fingers and I have a fun time chasing then away, plus it's good exercise!

    So, that's my story and I hope that you have enjoyed reading about me as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you!

   "Okay, bye!!"

   From your Aussie friend, Buddy...

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