Posted Mar 17, 2014
Cherokee, the Cockatiel, was really my husband's pet and, because he was a great fan of westerns and the cockatiel's feathers stood straight up like a Red Indian's headband, he immediately dubbed him Cherokee. That Cockatiel was a one-man bird; he adored my husband and would ride around on top of his head or perched on his shoulder - even outside. He had more toys than the children, a tiny, made-to-measure skateboard, his own little helter-skelter, even a little trampoline he liked to bounce on. His favourite game was Subbuteo and he would hop onto the bars supporting the players - (wearing his own little Man U jersey) - and, with a great deal of excited squawking, help the football on its way. Cherokee could be quite bad tempered and possessive. He didn't much like sharing his master's affections and, many's and oft was the time I was sent packing as Cherokee beat me round about the head with his wings. To tell the truth, I didn't like him all that much, but I put up with him for my husband's sake. However, Cherokee's bullying didn't stop with me and when he actually attacked the baby, who was sleeping in his buggy, we knew there was no option, but to move him on. Fortunately, my husband's confirmed bachelor friend was only too happy to take him off our hands and, as far as I know, he and Cherokee have great boys' nights in together still, playing Subbuteo and necking lager - well, perhaps not the last, though I wouldn't be surprised. Cockatiels can make great pets, but they have a tendency to be noisy and some, like Cherokee, can be quite feisty and possessive. Probably best to get them when they are still relatively young and trainable.