JoJo’s perch – Kitchen Rules

Hello my furry and feathery friends!

Normally, I’m not one for rules (Nobody tells me what to do!) But my human recently made up some new rules regarding the kitchen and since they are safety related I thought I would pass them along. I might even end up following a few.

New kitchen rules:

#1 – Stay away from fire. It is hot and it will burn you. This is actually the most important rule and the reason for this list. Let’s just say that we now know what singed tail feathers smell like.

Honestly, I think my human could have stopped with this rule (it’s a pretty good safety rule for everyone), but she made up some other rules too.

#2 – Stay away from knives and other sharp or pointed objects. Have your human keep them put away whenever possible – used, cleaned, and stored. Also keep them away from the edge of the counter or anywhere that they could drop off and onto the floor. Everyone likes their toes securely attached.

#3 – Stay away from the cooking items. Not only are you too close to Rule #1 but the hot item can splash/pop and cook you too. Even the top of the oven can be hot enough to burn birdy feet.

#4 – Stay out from under foot. Not only does it annoy your human but they can trip on you and or drop something on you. Squished pet is never good. Always save the human tripping for when their hands are empty and can catch themselves without landing on you. My feline readers will back me up on this one.

What do you think of our new rules? My human tried to have a general “No pets in the kitchen” rule, but the dog and I quickly wore her down on that one. Instead the dog has her bed in the corner and I have a new play stand that I’m supposed to stay on (Rule #5). Both are in the kitchen so that we are “with” her, but out of her way. These rules seem to be working for now, although I take Rule #5 to be more of a guideline than a rule.

About me…

I’m a 24 year old Senegal parrot. As with any creature as small as I am, I have a big attitude and know how to get what I want. I share my home with my human servant Megan and her Australian Shepherd, Kona, whom I torment to my heart’s content. Coming from a rescue, my history is a little bit of a mystery. My early life has caused me to be a picker, but it doesn’t matter too much – I know I’m gorgeous!

Have a question for me? You can contact me through my secretary, Megan Van Deren at or you can call one of my staff members at your friendly Veterinary Hospital – the Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital.