AG update for Linda
This isn't so much a question as an update... Linda responded to my problem regarding my African Grey attacking my dogs, and the chirpy/grunty noises she was making to me, and asked to know how it went. First of all, THANK YOU, Linda, for the helpful advice! This is an incredible site, and you helped me tremendously. Tinker has quit, for the most part, attacking the dogs through the timely use of a squirt bottle. All I have to do now, when I see her start to 'stalk' the dogs, is say, "Be nice to my puppies!" and she turns around and walks away, nonchalant, whistling a little ditty, like she had no intention of doing THAT!!! She gets lots of praise when she ignores them, and when she walks away. I am SO fortunate with the relationship I have with Tink... she trusts me so much, and at least once a day I get 'crooned' to, usually when I get home from work. She cuddles into my chest, desperately making eye contact and doing her best to make me understand how important it is that I 'hear' her. I croon back to her; this lasts several minutes, then she's ready to get on with the day and play in her paper bag (on the counter) for quite some time. She is SO funny in there, she throws her toys in and throws them out, chews on her plum tree sticks, and shreds the bag. One day I walked in the kitchen, she was playing in her bag, and I said, "Oh! There's my birdie! Is she a good birdie or a naughty birdie?" The little snot stuck her head out of the bag, looked at me, and gave me a big raspberry!!! I swear her cognitive level is amazing! She wants to be in whatever room I'm in, and happily plays while I'm going about my business-- she especially loves to sit on the shower rail and practice her vocabulary at the top of her lungs (I think she likes the echo!) Later in the evening, she snuggles with me on the couch, and literally falls asleep on my lap or on my chest while I lovingly maul her little body. I pull out her wings, play with her little drumstick legs, examine her beautiful red tail... Unbelievably, to me anyway, is that she often ends up on her side, eyes shut, sprawled out like a dog in front of a fire, oblivious to me touching and scritching her EVERYWHERE. I keep waiting for her to start snoring, she's so out of it!!! I do understand now why the ads say, "must have big bird experience." I consider myself an expert with dogs and horses, but this bird thing is a whole different world!!
One question: how important is a bath for her? She HATES water, and wants nothing to do with a bath. I've tried several different ways with no luck. Can we just forgoe a bath?