Acquired: Pet store
Massachusetts, United States
Posted Jul 26, 2014
Growing up, my parents instilled a love of birds and the great outdoors in me – so I thought that having a pet bird would be a dream come true. However, I have never had a pet that I despised so much in my life. Unlike the chickadees, robins, bluebirds, and hummingbirds that visited our feeders outside, my parakeet Tootsie was desperate for human attention, loud and screeching, and chronically unhealthy, needing frequent doctor’s visits.
I think I had very different expectations of having my own bird as a pet, but I was very mistaken. Tootsie was also always involved in family pet drama. She was very noisy throughout the day – so noisy that we had a few complaints from the neighbors about her tweeting and screeching while we were away at work and school. She would work relentlessly to try and escape from her cage, only to fly around our cats and dogs – who would then all try to hurt each other. There were several scares of trying to get Tootsie back into her cage to stay safe, which was always challenging. We took very good care of Tootsie, but she did not end up having a very long life. Unexpectedly, I found her one morning at the bottom of her birdcage with no prior illnesses or issues reported during check-ups at the vet.
My family has become even more interested in birding in the last few years – we have ornithology books and have been tracking the bird species that we see and hear in the wild each year. However, I now know that I want to keep my love of birds that way – appreciating wild species and their beautiful calls, and not keeping pet store varieties locked up in a cage in my home.