If caught early enough, splay-leg can often be corrected, but by the time it was discovered in my boys, it was too late. So, they needed a good home with lots of TLC. We consider ourselves lucky to welcome these babies into our home. They are very gentle and loving. They do very well climbing around inside their bird condo, and they love to fly around the room every afternoon.
Well, since I'm taking a break from the seriousness of honing my writing craft, I decided I couldn't stay away! I need your help, my bloggy friends.
IT'S A NAME THESE BIRDS CONTEST!
We adopted two 'special needs' baby quaker parrots from a bird-loving friend, and I'm having trouble coming up with creative names. They are brothers, hatched two days apart, and are both 'splay-legged'. Splay-leg is a common bird problem, caused by vitamin deficiency, or injury in the early days in mama's nest, among other things.
The older brother is a sweetie, deluxe. His right leg is quite out of joint and he carries it up in the air. He's very gentle, offering kisses, and nibbling on our fingers. The lady we got these birds from took to calling him 'High-Five'. It's cute, but it's just not IT.Plus the name 'High-Five' doesn't offer a great 'counterpart' name for his younger brother. This one's legs are more functional, but still spread too far apart. He's a bit like a bow-legged cowboy! He is the pushier of the two birds, but he's also very helpful and protective with the other bird. (See how awkward it's becoming -- this bird and that bird. We're desperate for names, people!)
We're a literary family. We love books, and movies, and even television. We're hoping for names that are reminescent of teams like Wilbur and Orville, Butch and Sundance -- while incorporating a reference to the funny foot-in-the-air-thing the oldest bird has. To help you in your deliberations, let me tell you about the names of our other pets.
Long ago we had a tortise-shell cat named Willow. when she died at 14 years old, we adopted a new tortise-shell and named her Sequoia. Later Sequoia had a kitten named Juniper -- she didn't survive more than a week. We're fond of the whole tree theme with these cats.
We have a 17 year old cat named Bagheerah. He's striped, huge, and has green eyes. He looks like he belongs in the jungle, hence the Jungle Book inspired name.
Our third cat's name is Mouse. Because when we got him, you could hold him in the palm of your hand. He's turned out to be a cat with a complex. He's afraid of strangers and very easily startled. We planned to shorten his name to Mau (Egytpian for cat) when he grew bigger, but Mouse fit his personality so well, it just stuck.
As for the dogs, they are all three Heelers. One is a red Heeler with a red and black coat. Her name is Phoenix Fire. The second is a Blue Heeler, with lots of silver in her coat. We named her Mercedes, and call her Sadie, for short. The third is a Red Merle Heeler named Ginger Cayenne.
As you can see, clever names are very important to us. So, my internet friends, please take the stopper out of your bottles of creativity oil, and let it pour! Save these sweet birds from being forever labeled "Starsky and Hutch" (my beloved hubby's idea.)
In return for the best names, I will send a special yet-to-be-determined prize!
You'll like it!
Thank you from the bottom of my bird-loving heart!