My first experience with birds left little to be desired. No matter how hard I tried, she would not tame. So, I eventually got her a few buds and just left them in a huge cage. I soon grew tired of the seed mess and noise, so I gave them to my sister-in-law. I swore I would never have another one of those "worthless" things again.

My, how a simple act can make me eat those words.

Working at a relatively new job at a nice pet shop, I was cleaning the cage of the budgies. We had just had a new batch of nine week old babies arrive. I noticed immediately that they were not all wild like parakeets "usually" are. Sure, they were a little freaked, but not freaking out and squawking, which even the ones that had been there awhile do. Anyhow, one little blue and white (with a touch of gray) bird hopped on my finger as I tried to get it to move out of the way. It did not want to let go. It had immediately stolen my heart. All throughout the rest of the day, I went back to visit it to be sure that it wasn't a fluke. Sure enough, it came to me every time.

Well, needless to say, it came home with me that night. I say it 'cuz as of this writing, I cannot determine sex yet, though I'm leaning towards girl. 'Her' name is Jo and I hope someday she will say "Hello Jo", though it won't matter if she never utters a word. Spent five dollars on a bird and over a hundred for supplies (so far). Not trying to measure her in dollars, just saying that nothing is too expensive for Jo. I really didn't need another pet with five dogs, two cats, six frogs, a rabbit, a hedgehog, five rats and 31 fish (also recently got some gerbils too). Jo is so mellow and affectionate (who would have thought, certainly not me).

Anyhow, this typing is being done with one hand, as Jo is occupying the other as she supervises this. Enjoy your budgies, give them a kiss from Jo and I.

- Submitted by Bobbie

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