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This is the spot to boast about our lovies so here goes ;)

My little man is such a sweetheart. I want him to like other people and not just be bonded to me so I hand him around when friends who are interested come over (although he is most bonded to me of course which is natural). When he goes to them I make a big fuss of him and tell him what a good boy he is etc just to encourage him. Because I go away to Canada most years for a couple of months I need him to be able to get used to other people so I'm starting straightaway.

My friend came for tea the other night and I said "Go and sit on my bed with him coz as soon as he's in my room and away from his play area outside where he's all busy he is a different bird." I went in and watched them and she was besotted with him. He was sitting on her shoulder and got under her hair and was kissing her ears and her nose. He nestled into her neck and she was talking like I've never heard her talk before, like people do when they are around a baby! it was very surprising.

I took him to visit a friend last weekend and I could not believe her reaction when she saw him. She said "That is the cutest little bird I have ever seen!" She has tiels, all hand-tamed. Paddy flew to her when we had him in a separate room and sat on her, preened her etc. She practically begged me to let her look after him when I go on holidays to Canada for eight weeks in August. I could not have a better person look after him so I was delighted and would not have asked her if she hadn't offered as she has the three other birds already. I am looking after her tiels later this month by the way so I'll have a house full of birds!

Then an ever bigger surprise .. my sister who is down syndrome just likes to watch birds and will not allow them on her. Today I was showing her his new set up in a different room to the budgies so he can have some flying time and I was putting up some plastic mesh on the window like the budgies have so they can't chew through the flyscreen and escape." She said "I'll hold Paddington while you put it up, Madonna." I thought I had heard wrong and tried not to over-react. Anyhow I put Paddy on her lap and he waddled up her chest and nibbled her hair and just sat put on her shoulder for ages! She thought it was Christmas and so did I. The one time she had Frankie (my only other hand-tamed bird) on her shoulder it last 2 seconds and she got scared and jumped up which scared both of them. She adores Paddington.

My friend who plucked his feathers for the DNA and doesn't like birds (which is why I got her to do it as I could not do it) said to me after, "He squawked each time I pulled the three feathers and then afterwards sat on my finger and jumped on my shoulder and sat there all happy. He is the sweetest, friendliest bird I've ever seen!"

Yes, I'm so proud of him. I know the lovies' mums (and any dads) on here know how I feel. They are just such little rascals and bundles of joy!

I wish I could take him to work and have him with me everywhere :)
 

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I see your Paddy really has that special charm that makes people fall completely in love with him. I'm also happy that he is so sweet and gentle to your sister and that she adores him too. :)
It's amazing how our days are so much brighter when we have these wonderful feathery companions. We are truly blessed to have them!
 

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Paddington is a very special little fellow for sure!

Sometimes I think we've been blessed with these little lovebirds as a way to help others (who may not be "bird-people") achieve a better understanding of birds and how special they truly are. :)

It's wonderful that Michelle was willing to hold Paddy and he behaved so well! What a great gift that was for both of you. :hug:
 

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I see your Paddy really has that special charm that makes people fall completely in love with him. I'm also happy that he is so sweet and gentle to your sister and that she adores him too. :)
It's amazing how our days are so much brighter when we have these wonderful feathery companions. We are truly blessed to have them!
Thanks Ana, I am more than surprised with Michelle being willing to hold him. Yes, we are blessed to have them.

Paddington is a very special little fellow for sure!

Sometimes I think we've been blessed with these little lovebirds as a way to help others (who may not be "bird-people") achieve a better understanding of birds and how special they truly are. :)

It's wonderful that Michelle was willing to hold Paddy and he behaved so well! What a great gift that was for both of you. :hug:
Good point, I think so too. I also think because we don't just have them sitting in a cage all day, ignoring them, treating them like another ornament and actually loving and interacting with them it opens people's eyes too that birds can be a part of the family.

He sounds a lovely little boy. When i read his name I thought he was Irish. He seems to have all the charm of the Irish anyway.I bet he is a real cutie.
Thank you, that is so funny :) Yes, he has the charm of the Irish! My great grandparents on mum's side were Irish so it's only right I have an Irish boy :D
 
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