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September 15, 2006

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Teagan Anne, the Pet of the Day
Name: Teagan Anne
Age: Two and a half years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Sun Conure
Home: Walnut Creek, California, USA
   I was never a "bird person". We had had them as kids and I loved them but never really felt the same kind of feelings as I did with our dogs, etc.

    Skip to 25 or so years later... I was living on my own and really wanted a dog. My apartment complex didn't allow them and I felt guilty about living in a small space with one anyways. My best friends had birds. Just like as a kid, I just didn't feel anything towards them. I wasn't a "bird person."

    My friends had bought a baby green cheek conure and it was so friendly and cute that I couldn't help but play with it - they also had Watson, a 25-year-old White-Eyed Conure who they had rescued and gave a better life. They kept telling me, "you love animals, I promise you will love birds, i can't believe you don't want one!" The more lonely I got the more I started thinking about their little green cheek and the love Watson needed that both they and I could give him... and suddenly I was contemplating getting a bird.

    I did my research "just in case I decided to get one" and found that a Sun Conure fit the description of a bird I could get on board with. We went to the local bird store who just happened to have baby sun conures. I played with Teagan and when she let me hold her and fell asleep against my chest and let me put a birdie sombrero on her head... I knew I had to have her.

    My friends loaned me all the money for her, the cage, toys, food - the whole bit and I brought her home that day. This little ball of feathers has changed my life. I love her so much and can't imagine life without my bird. I recently adopted Watson, which has been great and now just wish I could have more and more birds! Teagan not only filled a void in my life, she also made me an official "bird person". She is always my pet of the day and I would like to share her for a day with others. :)

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