Dorian "BooBoo" Grey, our adopted Congo
Contacted by dear and concerned cancer friend whose Father recently died, we were asked to quickly remove "WindyBird," a five year old Congo Grey from the stepmother that clearly hated this amazing bird, and foster "her".
The Father had raised "Windy" from six weeks of age and yet when I came to rescue this bird from an ancient cage placed in a dark room 24/7 the woman did not even know it's name! Although raised primarily on people food, it was surprisingly healthy, delighted but in deep grief at losing "Pappa".
We managed to catch it, brought it home and within a day- despite no experience with parrots- fell totally in love with this amazing and beautiful creature. Our first order of business was a vet check and feather DNA test. Healthy and in great condition, Windy became a male and although he still recognizes that name, we named him Dorian Grey but call him mostly Boo. It took a large Cages by Design enclosure with toys and foraging toys, and about a week before he showed us his talents as well as choosing my husband as his person.
He loves me in his own way but the damage done by the former woman will always have him prefer men, fear spray baths and sticks. We've now been his for six years and is one of our greatest joys.
Please, if you want a parrot, education and nutritional diet are a must but constant love and gaining their trust is vital. Adopting a bird is a wonderful experience so please do not buy one when there are so many feathered sweethearts that just want a loving, caring and safe home. There are few annoying behaviors of adopters not curable with patience, trust, good diet, education and LOVE.
Danny, Donna, Dorian Grey, the cats & tortoises