I don’t know what about this year has made me miss my birds more than last year, but I most definately have hit a rut when it comes to pet sickness. So I decided that Erin would be joining me this semester.
A lot of other apartment dwellers have pets, so why couldn’t I? I know of people who have snakes, mice, toads, hamsters, lizards, turtles, and even some brave people who I know have snuck cats into ‘no pet’ apartments and dorms. So, I decided to it a try.
I feel like most buildings ban animals because they don’t want the mess, don’t want the noise, and don’t want the potential for a small animal like a snake or hamster to escape, die in a wall, and stink up the place. However, little Erin doesn’t have any of those problems. She’s quiet, clean, cannot escape her cage, and absolutely loves all her new found attention from my roommates. I feel like giving her a change where she lives as an only bird for a while will help her to overcome her featherplucking. I think that having her around will also help manage the stress and depression that goes a long with getting a higher education. It’s a proven fact that people who have animals generally live longer, more fulfilling lives, have less high blood pressure, and less stress related issues. Which is a good thing because I live with Pharmacy majors lol.
I’ve often thought Erin would make a terrific little ‘therapy bird’. I’ve never heard of an actual therapy bird before, mostly because parrots don’t like strangers and have the ability to remove a finger, but I think Erin would be a good one! She’s very gentle and sweet and forgiving and trusts anyone. I often call her my birdy ambassador and always hand her to the people who have never handled a bird before or who think badly of birds. She always makes a great first impression or changes their minds.