So, one or two people know I have a budgie named LoVey ~~~ oh wait! I mean one or two hundred
people lol. Scrolling through Amazon, I saw some adorable earrings
Along with numerous compliments on them, it gives me an opportunity to talk about budgie care. And since all of these people insist (wouldn't you all agree that a response of "um, yeah, I guess so" constitutes insisting 😄?) I show them her pictures, it allows me to launch into an impromptu educational extravaganza. I show them the many, many pictures and videos of her, and talk about free flight time, enrichment, diet, the necessity of medical care, adequate cages, and the thing that always elicits surprise is informing people that budgies are parrots. Because I talk about LoVey with so much enthusiasm and affection, I want to be sure I adequately convey that budgies aren't room decor, but a living, breathing, sentient being. I don't want my enchantment with LoVey to lead anyone to believe a bird is a "starter pet" that requires minimal care. My attitude about my girl has already prompted a coworker to impulsively plunge headlong into becoming a bird parent which has filled me with foreboding. Even though most people may not react the same way, I make sure to emphasize the seriousness of having a feathered companion. So, even a piece of jewelry can help us talk about not just the joys, but the importance of making an informed
decision before bringing a budgie into their life!