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I never had birds, ever, until I met my wonderful husband, David. At that time (5 years ago) he had only a fledgling Jardine, named Simon. He's now our precocious 5 year old, bursting with personality, and a constant joy. I love Classical music and opera; within a month or so, this little guy was WHISTLING the first bars of 'Fur Elise'! And only when he saw me; or wanted my attention. He knew it was sure-fire!
We next rescued Yo-Yo, 20 years old. He'd been abused; yet within a year or so, he was wanting his chest rubbed, and emitting 'baby sounds' when I did so. His vocabulary is broad, and constantly enlarging. He seems to be particularly fond of me; and whenever I speak, will immediately 'join in', replicating exactly-if not the words I say-the tonality and inflection of my speech. Since I am originally a New Yorker, and Italian, what comes out of him is a gibber-gabber which is excited, very fast, and always intense. I refuse to believe, however, that I really 'sound like that' when I laugh (but that's probably more my denial than Yo-Yo's inexactitude).
Finally, almost a year ago, we adopted Harley, a blue-fronted Macaw. He's five, too, and in contrast to our other 2 boys, has eyes only for my husband, David. Yes, yes: he likes me; but he adores David. He talks and talks, of course: but the greatest surprise to us is how loving he is. He wants nothing more every evening than his 'private time' with David. Out of his cage David takes him; then the two of them sit together on the couch, playing and roughhousing. Since Harley is a 5 year old boy, he likes to be active and engage in the back and forth one sees fathers engage in with their little boys. At first I felt that this was 'too rough' for Harley-but that's just the normal 'girl thing', because Harley absolutely loves every second.
Changed our life? Oh yes! I've rescued dogs for years, and we have three now. I've always known what treasures they are, but the birds are a constant unfolding to me. I often thank my husband for bringing them into my life. And I also thank God, because to me one of the greatest proofs of His love for us is His creation of these wonderful creatures; and giving them to us as our devoted children. After a few hours of Cable News, we find it essential to turn to our animals, because they remind us of the innocence and good there is in this world. They have, as you know, an inexhaustible fund of sweetness and...purity, if I may so express it, in them. And they dispense this to us, daily.
Thank you, Beak n Wings, for always being there-at the clubs, on the phone, and website, whenever we have a question about how to better understand and care for our 'bird babies'. We're really glad you don't charge!

Sincerely, Kathy and David Brown



 

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5) Member of the year - Voted on by the members. You can only qualify by receiving a certificate throughout the year.
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8)President Award - The President of the organization will pick one member to receive this award, based on all the hard work and dedication to Beak n Wings.
9) Vice President of Rescue / Adoption will award the following awards - Foster Home of the Year - Adoptee of the Year - R/A Volunteer of the Year
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