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Date:4/20/2014 11:07:08 PM
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Hi Dakota
DAY 14
November 14th
Hello Sky here. I must say I made a big "OOPS!" when I said today we would finish looking at the Gabriel Foundation. Tomorrow, Nov 15th we will continue with the GF. Today, we are turning our attention to another " SPOTLIGHT ON CARING" This week we are visiting with our very own DIXIE & KALLIE, and their Mom Rose and Grandma Carmela. This amazing flockily travel to various public gatherings where they educate, and entertain their audiences in the care of all birds.
SKY: Dixie, as flock spokes bird, I would like to ask you, when and how you first became involved in training and educating the public?
DIXIE; About 13 years ago we were watching a video by renowned trainer Tanni Robar as she showed her parrots doing various tricks, such as fetching, playing basket ball, and bowling. One of the birds was a Green Cheek Conure, just like me. Mom Rose thought that if those birds in the video could do it, so could we.
Mom and Grandma Carmela began training four of their Conures and held private shows for family and friends. Everyone thought they should take the "act" to visit school children, nursing homes, when they did everyone was amazed. They kept asking them to return.
SKY; How did these shows turn into an educational opportunity?
DIXIE; As Mom and Grandma perfected their shows, Gramda Carmela would speak about where each species came from, what they ate, their care and feeding, and what to expect when owning a parrot.
SKY; Tell us some of the places you have performed at?
DIXIE; The birds have performed for the STATE HOUSE in Rhode Island, Elementary, middle schools, and in Senior Centers. We have also performed at Garden and Bird clubs, birthday parties, Resturants, Churches, just to name a few.
SKY; What one message do you want the audiences to hear?
DIXIE; How special we birds are, that we are created by God to enjoy, that we have feelings and love to give for a long, long time. We tell everyone that comes to see us perform that we will be around for a long time, and we try to teach children and adults the proper care of a feathered friend. We let them know some of us birds are like 5 year old and need trust and love in their lives.
SKY; Do you speak about abused birds at your performances?
DIXIE, yes. we talk about Brenna and Beau. When they were both alive they went to the shows too to show people what abuse does to a bird. We emphasize that birds are not impulse buys, something you play with, then when you get tired of it, you push it aside and forget it. Having a parrot is like having a child who never grows up.
SKY; What important point do you want to get across to the audience?
DIXIE; If you have a bird, love it like it's your child!
Sky; thank you Dixie, I am sure your words will encourage others to speak out on proper bird care.
with my heart filled with love,
SKY-224183 from BC running for BOTM in Dec
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