December 19, 2017
Hello there my friends! I think I’m finally done digesting Thanksgiving. How about you all? My human made my favorite Fruit/Nut bars for me. So good! Now I’m looking forward to the next holiday, the big one, you know it. I call it “Human, give me all the toys.” I already know that my human has been busy getting ready. I managed to pull the receipts out of her purse. I’m going to do very well this year.
Like most things in life, there are rules when it comes to toys. My basic holiday toy rules are:
- Species and size specific toys: I know, I know. Anything can be a toy if you play with it, but we do need some caution when choosing toys. Birds, that cat ball with the bell in it makes a great noise, but it’s not tough enough to withstand our beaks. I know of a macaw who managed to get the bell out and then got it stuck on her beak. An embarrassed vet visit later she was freed, but for a bit, it was a scary time. Dogs and cats don’t get off easy either. The wrong sized toy can not only be dangerously destroyed by too large a chewer but it can get stuck in your mouth or throat too! Make sure your human sticks to the correct toys for you.
- Share your toys: Hard rule, I know. But your human might have visiting humans and their animals (or you might be the visitor) and nothing starts a fight faster than a prized toy. So keep your favorite toys in a safe spot and only have out toys that you don’t mind sharing. Remember, if you start a fight, they might not invite you back next year and you’ll miss out on holiday treats. Also, make sure that your human gives you nap times while having (or being) visitors. I know we’re not young pups anymore but having some down time away from the hustle and bustle of everything is good and relaxing.
- You don’t get to play with everything: Sadly, not everything brought into the house is for you. Silly, I know. I’m told that some of them are called “decorations” and their sole purpose is to be “festive” but not “festive” enough to play with. They’re just to look at … I don’t get it either. But, it’s a big no-no for us to chew on them/ eat them/ claw them/ rearrange them/ drool on them/ do anything besides look at them. Have your human keep decorations out of your reach and away from your play areas. Have them be especially aware of presents that might have food in them, decorations that can be swallowed or broken, and seasonal but poisonous plants.
Rules can be silly, but they are there to help keep us safe. So keep to my holiday toy rules and have a very happy “Human, give me all the toys!”
I’m a 26 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!