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Dusty, the Pet of the Day
Name: Dusty
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Congo African Grey Parrot
Home: Alaska, USA
   This is my family's baby, Dusty. She is a one and a half year old Congo African Grey Parrot. We recently adopted her here in Alaska. Dusty is special to my family because, when we adopted her, she was very malnourished and a very angry individual. She was mistreated by her owners as they would not clean anything of hers to the point where she started to develop Bumblefoot; and she was not given the positive attention needed to care for these lovely birds. She didn't speak at all (which is very uncommon in such intelligent birds) and she bit everyone.

    I convinced my family that she needed our love to turn this grouch around. I told them that I would be able to train her at first (since I am willing to be bitten for the greater good) and since I work at a wild bird clinic, I could help her with my experiences in veterinary care.

    After the first week of having her she started speaking over fifteen words, she only nibbles now when she wants to groom people, (she doesn't have a good concept of how big she really is so her nibbles are still a bit shocking) and the sores on her feet have been cured.

    It has been a little over a month now and everyone is able to handle her and pet her in the morning and before she goes to bed. She runs to people when they have bottles so she can chew on the cap, and she loves cuddling on people's shoulders.

    She has shown my family and many others that with the right care, no pet is a lost cause. She is a truly great companion for my family and we are so happy to give her our love for many years to come.

Dusty, the Pet of the Day

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