Little Bird, Big Dog
Did you know cockatiels can live over 25 years? When Tiki the cockatiel was young, his elderly owner knew he would outlive her so she lined up a family friend to adopt him after she passed on. Today, he's 15 years old and his new person is young enough to keep him for the rest of his life. She's an experienced bird keeper and a true animal lover. Tiki came to live with her 7 years ago. He settled in nicely and absolutely adores her. I'm told he often greets her by sweetly touching his beak against her nose. We couldn't recreate that greeting but he did whistle, eat edamame and groom himself for the camera!
Rocky, a lab/shepherd mix, joined the household a few years after Tiki arrived. A dog and bird are unlikely housemates but, thankfully, they get along fabulously. Rocky was adopted as a puppy from the Boulder Humane Society and was trained to respect Tiki. He's such a good boy! I'm not sure any amount of training and socialization would help my golden retriever get along with a bird.
Now for a little avian humor...
Little Bird Versus Big Bird
My son has a cute little Cockatiel
I wondered what could be the reason
Poem by David Fisher
Normally, I don't share behind-the-scenes photos because I feel it ruins the magic of the final image. But this pull back is too funny not to share! While we were setting up, Rocky was very curious about what his bird friend was up to. It was sort of funny because we started to take Rocky's photo first but he was a little uneasy about the camera. I decided give him a break while we photographed Tiki in another room. But he just followed us and wanted to be right in the thick of it. He laid in this spot the entire time I took Tiki's photo. Perhaps he was guarding Tiki from the scary camera?
Luckily, Rocky is much more interested in his toys than birds. He has a wide collection of stuffed animal "babies." He also enjoys catching balls in mid-air and running at Cherry Creek State Park. His long legs make him extra speedy!
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