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Furballs and Feathers

This is the crew that makes up the household fur and feather population.

Moby  joined our household back in April 2011. He is a very young German Wirehaired Pointer (about 75lbs. of muscle) in need of LOTS of training. Maybe someday we will be having fun in the Agility ring! We are his THIRD home since the breeders in Washington. Poor guy. Needless to say he has plenty of fear aggression issues. He pops up quite frequently in blog entries due to his naughty behavior….

Nigel the hunter of small vermin. Adopted from a litter down the street, he was the true keeper of the bunch. He loves sleeping anywhere he can. His motto is “A vole a day keeps the vet away!” and it keeps his teeth very clean!

nigel

MeMe the sumo kitty. She is the newest cat addition to our group, claiming our house as the best on the street. She moved in from down the street in September 2008 and hasn’t left. In fact, she refuses to leave. It did take a bit of adjustments between dogs, cats & birds, but things seem to be ok for now.  An accomplished acupuncturist and giver of attention she will sit on any lap that’s free and demand loads of attention.

meme

Barnaby the cockatoo. He is by far the oldest feathered/furry critter in the bunch.  He arrived to Oregon back in the 1990’s from Dave’s sister from Shreveport Louisiana.  As a wild caught bird, he has certainly traveled the world to end up in Oregon. We don’t know squat about his previous life before Shreveport, but he does have strong opinions on kids,  household pets, and the evil hawks and vultures that fly by the house.

barnaby

Quigley was the 5th cockatiel who came to  our house with mate and full clutch of chicks. Yikes! What was I thinking back then! Well, he is still doing great, avoided medical maladies and lives alone now that his son Kibu died. I feel a bit sad for him being the final cockatiel in the house. As of 2014, he has been with me for 23 years.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2014 8:30 pm

    So seeing Quigley’s dot makes me wonder about the dots on many seagull beaks… any connection? They sorta look like a TARGET, and don’t most animals want to camouflage?? Or is the dot something to get insects to think they’re a flower and fly right in???

    • paperstew permalink*
      October 17, 2014 9:57 am

      I’m not certain why ‘tiels have the cheek patch. With sea gulls, it acts as a target point for chicks to peck and then the adults will regurgitate a little lunch. Not all gulls have the dot, so which came first? One of those Darwinian/Mendelian questions. Cockatiels also live in large groups, so it might aid in confusing predators. :D

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