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  1. A New "FIRST" for Joey

    Just when you think they're settled in and they've got nothing new to show you... Nothing cuter than a soaking wet grey.
  2. Cage

    When I changed Dorian's cage I assembled it where he could see me and it. I did it across the room from him and then moved the cage closer until he got scared, and left it there or a couple of days for him to get used to. I gradually moved the new cage closer to him until I could put it like Jayd said, open door to open door. Let him see you put food and a favourite treat in the food dish, and then wait him out. It may take a while for him to explore the new cage because he's been cage bound. Just be patient. If he's preening in front of you Jayd is right, it means he's getting used to you. It's a very good sign. Keep up the good work!
  3. Prayers Please...

    I think I'm starting to see why your country has so little faith in a health system administered by the government. They really need to come up here and see how we do it. When I said we haven't the best record with our vets I meant annoyances like the leg/no leg thing I mentioned. I wish you could come to Canada and get care. Forget being a vet, just being a senior would get you better care. I'm so sorry you have to deal with all this stress on top of not being well. I'm seriously sending good thoughts your way. Love, Marguerite
  4. Cage

    I'm going to bed now, but I'll answer tomorrow, K?
  5. Prayers Please...

    We have a political satirist up here named Rick Mercer, and he does a bit every week called Rick's Rant. One week it was about how we're treating our veterans. He has a friend who lost his legs below the knees in Afganistan. In order to get disability benefits, every year he has to prove that he's still disabled. Think about that for a second. It's like every year they're asking him to prove that his legs haven't grown back! When my dad was palliative with me the last year and a half of his life it opened him up to a whole lot of care. In home nursing, physio, PSW's twice a day, doctor's calls, oxygen, no cost prescriptions, anything we needed. There's an emphasis here on quality of life in end of life care. It's better than the care you get if you're NOT dying lol. The fact that the VA and your politicians have forms and procedures for complaints about the VA speaks volumes about how often they get complaints. What about trying to get the media involved. A story on the local news might light a fire under their butts.
  6. Prayers Please...

    It's obscene to me that you're presented with a bill at all. I'll gladly pay taxes to support our universal health care, and so will almost all Canadians. We pretty much universally believe in quality healthcare for all. As for the VA, anytime you're dealing with a bureaucracy like that you abandon all hope of common sense. Even here we don't have the best record when it comes to our veterans. I'm sorry you have to deal with this frustrating idiot on top of everything else. I hope today is a better day. Love, Marguerite and Dorian (and Jac the cat).
  7. Need tips and tricks!

    I'm so sorry for your loss. She was beautiful.
  8. Appearance

    Jayd, I don't think Erfan should try to towel his grey yet. The bird is simply too terrified to be handled without setting back what little trust they are building. Erfan, don't worry about your clothes. If you start wearing the same thing every day then he will become scared by change, but if you just dress normally then that will become his norm.
  9. Gilbert is home

    Yeah, that's not a game you want to start. They will "play" for hours after you have stopped, believe me, I know. We're still working on a certain sound extinguishing around here and, while progress is being made, it's being made veeeeeeeeeeeeeery slowly. Glad to hear about your kiss. Did she get an extra treat after that.
  10. Prayers Please...

    Hi Jay and Maggie. Dorian and I just wanted to say hi and we love you both. I think the activity in the forum is picking up with our new format, so hopefully there will be lots of people here to help lol. <3
  11. The way that my parrot responses to me

    Yes, katana600 and Miss Gilbert are good examples. They've taken 7 years to get used to each other, and their situation was quite bad at the start. Gilbert was a very fearful, untrusting birdy when she first arrived in her new home 7 years ago. They are a good example of what we mean by "grey time". Katana600 decided they were going to let Gilbert make all the decisions as far as how fast they moved, although there were a few times there was a chance to take a leap forward which sometimes paid off, and sometimes not. Through it all we were here to guide and encourage them and they're both quite content, I think, in their relationship now, although there's always room for improvement. We can be here for you as well if you'll let us to encourage you along the way. Maybe it would be a good idea to keep a journal of how you're doing so that you can look back and see the improvements. At least keep a video journal. This video is a big improvement over your last one. Keep up the good work.
  12. The way that my parrot responses to me

    I think it's a big improvement over the last video you posted. At least he's not screaming and clinging to the far wall of the cage to get away from you. He even did a little stretch in front of you. That's a sign he's getting more comfortable with you. What happens if you get a tiny bit closer to the cage? Like Jayd said, it could be years before he is acting friendly towards you, but you're making progress as far as having him not be terrified of you.
  13. Weird situation

    Can you sit on the floor in front of his cage? That's how I started with Dorian - sitting on the floor in front of his cage talking to him and playing with toys.
  14. I'm not sure about the plywood, but it doesn't sound like a great idea so I'd err on the side of caution and do something else. Have you tiled up there yet?
  15. Re-homed female CAG.

    Wow, she's already coming out of her cage on her own! That's not nothing. It took my Dorian over a year to stick his head outside his cage, and he was only cage-bound for 3 1/2 years. Sounds like you have a very brave girl. Check out the body language thread in the Training room, there's a lot of good info there. Spend lots of time by her cage just talking to her, reading to her (children's books are great). Where in the home have you got her cage? Is it where she can observe her new flock? Is she used to being covered and getting 10-12 hours of sleep a night? Greys really are slow to change, but as long as you're in it for the long haul, it can be very rewarding. Sometimes we recommend new owners keep a journal so that they can look back on it and see how far they've come later on. Thank you for taking on a rescue. She's gorgeous.
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