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Companion Animals and their Personalities

Companion Animals and their Personalities

Dogs are eager. Cats are cynical. Horses, superior. Chickens, focused. Rabbits, obstinate. Lizards, willing. Ducks, open. Guinea Pigs, nervous. Savanah Monitors, royal tyrants. Make no mistake this lizard thinks he's Godzilla. Maximus Floridicus Sluriticus, my Savannah Monitor, taught me much with regards to indenture that I've brought into my companion parrot life. A parrot shares quite a bit with dinosaur lizards.

Filter companion animals down to a single word to explain their starting point, we'll get the answers to all the questions. If dogs are eager, they need projects. If cats are cynical, they need their space until they don't. If chickens are focused, do that which doesn't interrupt their thoughts. If rabbits are obstinate, expect judgment. If lizards are willing, bring worms. If ducks are open, welcome their approach. If guinea pigs are nervous, allow them to acknowledge all things. If monitor lizards are tyrants, feed them with humility. 

Parrots are aware. Aware of the finite and infinite. Treat them as companions. They'll know if you aren't. They'll know sincere versus insincere. 

Living Successfully in Your Companion Lifestyle


Being able to fly, means being able to leave anything that feels wrong. Respect this fundamental truth that is the basis of all their opinions.


We need to empathize with their status inside a human environment. That their natural expectations may not fit at all. That we've removed a large portion of their natural life, and we need to find ways to replace the loss.


We need patience. Choosing a parrot is a lifestyle choice. Not a pet choice. For success you will acquiesce. For a healthy parrot, you will give up some human things. Relationships are about wanting what is best for the other, before your own desires. Many human things are downright dangerous for parrots.


We must defer to their needs over our own when that need supports their health, safety, and happiness.

Companion parrots require a relationship to be successful in the human lifestyle. Building a relationship with a parrot requires both parties are honest. You'll never find a dishonest parrot. There's nothing to compare to the moment when your bird chooses to light on your shoulder to whisper their truth in your ear. A magical offering. Love is magical. Where the magic takes you both, is up to you and your shared honesty. 

Find all the insights you'll need to create a happy healthy parrot relationship in my book The Art of The FlockCall

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