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December 8, 2011

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Ethel, Norman, the Pet of the Day
Name: Ethel, Norman
Age: 5, 4 1/2 years old
Gender: Female, Male
Kind: Blue and Gold Macaw, Goffin Cockatoo
Home: New Haven, Indiana, USA
   I have these two very special therapy birds. They visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools or anywhere else where they can bring smiles. Ethel is a five-year-old Blue and Gold Macaw. Norman is a Goffin Cockatoo and will be five in February. I got them both when they were babies. Norman was five months old and Ethel was three months old respectively when each arrived. I first got them because my parents were homebound and neither could get around very well. I got Ethel first and told my mother her job was to tell Ethel (named after my mother) "I love you" every morning. Those were Ethel's first words! My mother died just two days after I got Norman (named after my Dad) and he helped my Dad more then anyone or anything could have done. They had been married 61 years and my father was terribly lonely. Norman was so young he needed a lot of attention and my Dad needed attention, too. They played and cried together for hours. My Dad died just five months later, with Norman sitting on his chest waiting for him to smile for him.

    Both birds say many things and have their own personality. Norman is very ornery and lovable and Ethel is calm and reserved. Both love to go visiting and have their picture taken with children and the elderly. They are a favorite in all of our community. The neighborhood children play with them outside all the time in the summer. They eat most everything that I eat and are a great comfort to me too. I work at the county jail here and both birds have also been there with me and have become the jail mascots - "Jailbirds" so to speak. They bring happiness everywhere they go and we will continue visiting nursing homes and schools as long as I am able to take them. We live in Indiana, and by the way, I do not let them out in the snow, in case you were wondering.

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