Aviary & Birds -
Adventure - 11-22-01
I called the newspaper and placed a "Lost Pet" ad, I called the local radio station, all the vets in town, the animal shelter, animal control and the one local bird wholesaler I know. We walked the streets for two days, until I had blisters, calling for my little bird with no luck. Our weather said we were about to get an artic blast and was predicting freezing and below temperatures by Wednesday.
Monday I received a phone call about 1pm from a WONDERFUL couple who live about 3 blocks away. They had heard the advertisement on the radio about a missing bird....
Mr. & Mrs. M. were leaving to go to church Sunday morning and walked outside to see this bird standing as still as a statue in their front yard. Mrs. M. thought it was a stuffed animal but Mr. M. realized that it was a 'real bird' and figured it was someone's pet that had gotten away. He picked Chuckles up and promptly got bit for his efforts. He put Chuckles in a small cage and gave him some food and water. Ms. M. had called her son to tell him of their find and when Chuckles heard the phone he says "... HELLO". They also noticed the ring on his leg and was sure that he was someone's pet. They listened to the radio hoping to hear something about a missing bird. They tell me that Chuckles was pretty friendly after that first bite and allowed them to pet him Sunday afternoon. Monday they finally heard an ad about a missing "Artificial grey bird who's name was Charles". Boy did the radio station botch that one!! I received the call at 1pm. I was at their house by 1:05. When Chuckles heard my voice he went running to the top of the cage and by the time I got the door open he was in my arms, making little grey sounds and giving me LOTS of hugs bird kisses. Which means he was trying to bury his head in my mouth!! (laughing). He was like a frisky little puppy he was so happy to see me and vice-versa. Mr. & Mrs. M. were worried about turning over such a valuable bird so just anyone. The look of surprise and delight on their face over Chuckles reaction to me was priceless!! They said it was quite obvious that Chuckles had found his Momma!!
Monday evening I got a second call from a lady (bird lover) who lives in a neighboring town. She had heard the advertisement on the radio and knew we were in for a hard freeze. She was calling to volunteer her and her daughter's assistance to help comb the streets and help us find Chuckles....
To Mr. & Mrs. M. and to the lady and her daughter.... Thank You!! Your kindness and your concern warms my heart. God Bless you all!!
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