Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Sep 20, 2013
I bought a canary for my son a few years after regrettably giving our Staffie to my sister. Having also moved into an apartment with no outdoor space, a bird seemed like a great option. A friend of my partner´s adored and cared for birds, carrying them with him where he went, this being the stem of interest of birds by my son who was around 6 at the time. Named after our family friend, Gustavo the canary became a firm household name.
When purchasing a bird, in order to suit our young son, we wanted a bright bird that would sing rather than just tweet, Gustavo fitting the bill perfectly. We bought Gustavo from his namesake, Gustavo, and he was around a year old and already trained when we acquired him. We liked the idea of owning a bird as it was a hassle free option that would generate many hours of fun. Listening to Gustavo sing was wonderful, his tunes certainly beating the squawking of a regular budgerigar.
Gustavo seemed happy in his home, fed well and our son attended to the cleaning of his cage, not afraid to allow Gustavo to fly freely within the confines of the apartment or indeed let him sit on his shoulder. Gustavo seemed like the perfect pet; tuneful, friendly, cheap, and low maintenance.
Unfortunately, Gustavo passed away suddenly during the night, with no prior warning, leaving our son totally distraught and inconsolable. In fact, we decided to never own a bird again, as unlike a cat or a dog, unless you are an expert, it is hard to see if your pet is unwell.
I would recommend owning a singing canary if you live in a confined space and are looking for a low maintenance pet. However, I would recommend only for children from around 6 years and up, my son only really starting to show an interest in birds at this age as well as coping with the cleaning of the cage etc.