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  •  One of my roomates in nursing school had an (4+ / 0-)
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    African Grey, Scruffy,(he was a feather plucker). My gawd, he was smart! When her son would leave his boxer for the weekend Scruffy would imitate Kenny's voice, 'Rocky, Rocky, come here, Rocky!' and the big, dumb, lolloping boxer would come dashing in, looking for his dad. And then go back out, puzzled. Damned bird would chuckle! Swear to FSM, he'd wait til Rocky was out of earshot and chuckle. Then he learned to imitate the microwave to get us to come out and see what was done. lol

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

    by FarWestGirl on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:43:28 PM PST

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    •  Harlan has learned to imitate the answering (3+ / 0-)
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      machine, the microwave and the sound of touchtone phone dialing (or more accurately, his idea of it - he can hear it in the next room, and when I start to call someone, he starts doing a bip-boop-beep-beep-boop-bip-boop thing).  He also does the sound of our squeaky kitchen window opening, because that happens in another room, and I think he thinks it's calling for attention.

      He also knows how to pish for birds, because he's watched me call the chickadees to come to the feeder at our cabin - I fill it, then pish to let them know that it's there.
       

      •  They are SO smart. And that's the reason that (1+ / 0-)
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        I'll likely never get another, I'm too old to outlive them and don't have enough time to devote to them to keep them happy and healthy. :-(

        I'm glad that you two still have your family around you.

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

        by FarWestGirl on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:51:26 PM PST

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