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January 15, 2009

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Popeye, the Pet of the Day
Name: Popeye
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Congo African Grey
Home: St Albans, West Virginia, USA
   This is Popeye. He is a congo African Grey. He is three years old and will turn four the day before I turn 47. I am his third owner and last owner. I couldn't get through a day without Popeye's chitter chatter. He can carry on conversations so well I am not sure if it's him repeating what he has heard in the past or if he truly understands. He does understand several commands, one of which is "Whistle for the puppies." He loves the puppies and they love him. However, I never leave them alone.

    Popeye came to me at a critical time in my life. I was slowly dying from being overweight and not doing anything about it. I have lost since 87.8 pounds in total now and I know I will continue to lose the weight, since I decided to have Gastric bypass. Popeye was so good while I was healing, always asking if I was okay when I would get quiet or when I had to empty the drain or change the bandages. He was always concerned about what I was doing. He does this thing where he says something he thinks is funny then says "I made a joke." He is very funny, and he is my bird and my bird only. He won't have anything to do with anyone else. He is a gem and I love him more than anything and though a physiologist told me once that pets don't have the ability to love you back, I say "Phooey to him!" How does he know this, has he asked a critter or something? He is by far the smartest bird I have ever owned. He can figure out new puzzles in three to four seconds flat. You don't even have time to grab the camera and snap a picture. He is one amazing bird.

    He is my best friend forever! He talks from the time he gets up till he goes to bed, even talking a lot of times with food in his mouth. We call him Popeye the wordy bird and have made up a song he is learning to sing. It goes to the tune of Popeye the sailor man. The song goes like this: "I'm Popeye the wordy bird, I've learnt every single word. I won't eat my spinach, there's too much iron in it. I'm Popeye the wordy bird." He will tell me if he is cold so I will turn off the fans/aircleaners. He tells me so many things. But the cutest thing he does is call Bear the puppy - a Yorkshire terrier - by going "Bear bear bear bear bear!" It's just too cute and so is my Popeye.

Popeye, the Pet of the Day
Popeye, the Pet of the Day

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