Acquired: Pet store
Posted Nov 24, 2014
In the fourth grade we had a couple of parakeets that my mom named Hawkeye and Hotlips. She was a huge fan of Mash. Hawkeye was always trying to put the moves on Hotlips and she was always acting like she didn’t care. These two birds were fun. We would let them out of their cage and they would fly around the house. They always seemed to manage to poop on my dad’s chair. He hated that. The birds also enjoyed landing on our heads and walking around. They also enjoyed perching on our shoulders and chewing on our ear lobes. They were gentle birds until it was time to go back into their cage. Then they became little hooligans and flew all over the house. They liked to land on the drapery rods because they knew my mom couldn’t reach them and neither could us kids. They were smart little birds and we really enjoyed them even though they liked to make a huge mess by kicking the seed shells from their food out of the cage and onto the floor. Hawkeye also liked to knock the water dish loose. He would stand on the ladder in their cage and lean over and smack his head into the water container until it came loose and fell or until he had sloshed out all the water, whichever came first. Those two birds were inseparable. Hawkeye died first and Hotlips died of a broken heart a couple of days later. Parakeets make great pets for those who want less work than a dog or cat and don’t want to do the daily pet walk or clean up the yard after a dog.