Change of Heart

Photo by Dave Location: Moab, Utah Shown: Blue throated macaw "Zoey"

Remember when I said we were going to be adopting another blue throated macaw? You can review the entry here. Well, things change and people often have a change of heart. When birds tend to seem wild and out of control, people lose perspective of just how much the animal really means to them, and what a big role they play in their lives. Before, Jeanne was living with her friend Sheri and they kept their blue throated macaws together. Bonnie and Zoey bonded to one another, and less to humans and it became very difficult for Jeanne to handle Zoey well. When we visited, I was even a bit hesitant because of how wild Zoey had become. Dave suggested they separate the two birds, and start bonding with them again to build back the human interaction but that didn't happen until Jeanne moved out and took her own birds with her. While she was still at Sheri's house is when she asked us to take on Zoey, but all this time in between of us waiting to get her, Jeanne has begun bonding with her especially now that she separated her from Bonnie. So, the lesson in all this? Right when you're about to give up on your bird, think about how easy you can turn your situation around and how you would feel if someone seriously agreed to take the bird on... how much time you'd have left with it, what you would do and if you'd have a change of heart. That's what courses are about... they're for the people want to build a better bond with their bird, but they're also for the people who are about to give up on their birds as well. Your bird IS worth it, remember the potential and stick with the training. You should all be able to learn something from Jeanne's change of heart. And I found that I was actually excited to document in my blog the journey with Zoey, however, I don't mind the news of giving my current birds that time instead!   Don't give up on your bird:

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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