I am finding out a bonded Tiel (only been a week with me but he loves me) is almost like a dog.
I go out for about an hour and Stella goes nuts of course she is a doggy, Echo has also started going nuts running up and down the door to the cage wanting out NOW to get on my shoulder, preen my hair and of course after a while drop a prezzie on my shirt
Buddy and Merlin and still being trained to bond, funny Merlin the lovie is getting there faster then Buddy the budgie who I have had longer, go figure
I'm glad you are finding bird ownership so rewarding!
I can certainly relate to the dog comparison, the love, dedication and loyalty I get from my lovebird Khaleesi is even stronger than the bond I had with my previous and my current dog as well. I also have a budgie who barks like a dog!
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.