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April 9, 2007

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Gilbert, the Pet of the Day
Name: Gilbert
Age: Unknown
Gender: Male
Kind: Cockatiel
Home: Brownstown, Michigan, USA
   Gilbert is special for a lot of reasons. He chose us to be his family. Last spring, my husband was golfing, and Gilbert landed on one of the caddys' heads. He would not leave the caddy's head. My husband figured he belonged to someone who lived near the golf course and they would claim him quickly. He brought him home and we put up flyers and placed ads in the paper, but no one claimed him.

    When he came to us, he already whistled the Mexican Hat Dance (it took us awhile to figure out what it was) and something that sounds like classical but that we can't place. He also said "Pretty Bird" and whistled several different things, including whistling for a dog we don't have. Since then he has learned to say his name and whistles the Andy Griffith theme. He will whistle on command if you "conduct" for him with your finger. He makes kissy noises, and we think he is trying to learn Billy Joel's "Stranger," which we play for him often. He also taps out the Mexican Hat Dance on the desk, his perch, or any other hard surface. He will put his wings up in the air and say "Pretty Bird" or "Pretty Bird Gilbert" if you do it with your arms.

    Each week when I clean his cage, I play rap music for him and he bobs his head up and down, mumbles/talks to himself, and sort of dances on his window perch.

    He is quite the character - every time we think we've seen everything he does, he comes up with something new. We don't know what we would do without him now!

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