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    Re: foster family update & questions

    ah sheesh. Poor sweet Uno. I liken him to Neo with his rough start in life. Sounds like Dando has made such strides in coming out of his shell. How AWESOME. You did a great job with both! I sure hope Uno is able to undergo some type of procedure provided its not too traumatic for such a little bird so he won't have to endure having his sacs drained every week. What a heartwarming story though, that he's able to sing and grow, developing the way he should for a bird his age despite his medical problems! Debi is doing a great job in your footsteps!
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    Re: foster family update & questions

    Hi Dani,

    I just wanted to share with you some observations about Uno and Dando that are soooo cute:

    Uno has learned Dando's "dance". He moves back and forth across the perch as he sings and chants the same series of calls. I haven't seen him put his foot up in the air, however. <em>(Dando made up a manic dance that he does when you sing or whistle to him- it's like an alternating step-step-step-kick! -ed.)</em>

    When it is bedtime (roosting time), Dando chooses whether or not Uno is allowed sleeping space next to him on his favorite wire platform. If Uno has been pestering Dando and gives him no peace, Dando lays his body diagonally across the platform which blocks Uno from joining him there.
    If Uno has been a "good kid", Dando moves to the outer edge of the platform and lets Uno step onto it. Then both arrange themselves side by side for a long sleep in the dark.

    These birds are very special indeed.

    On the 23rd, Fern Van Sant is going to teach me how to drain Uno's air sacs. She and Dr. Ferguson decided that he's too small for the stent surgery.

    Happy holidays (and 'sorry I couldn't send Uno/Dando Holiday photos -- I don't yet have a digital camera).

    P.S. The birds and I are moving to Cupertino. The birds are going to enjoy a cottage located in the foothills.....

    Debi

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    Re: foster family update & questions

    hello! wanted to let you all know that dando & uno are now clients of squawk and howl!

    their adoptive mom has hired me to bird sit for them in july & again in november. i went to do a "prelim visit" last week & got to see them again for the first time since they were adopted!

    i was a tad disappointed- they did not seem to remember me all that well. but they were happy and that is what matters. i think my new hair color & cut added to the confusion. took pix that i will post as soon as i can...

    dando still loves to whistle, and now uno joins in!

    uno is so big now- his air saculitis is still a recurrant problem, but is less than once a week now. he is a "frequent flyer" at the vets, though!

    they share a big cage with a playtop and look out for one another. had to laugh & think of oh mowsie- they both did the "no, preen ME!" head lowering contest!

    looking forward to spending some quality time with my former fosters. their mom is really great, and i loved to see this project (fostering to adoption) through to its completion. anyone thinking of becoming a foster parent for parrots- read this thread through. it's hard, sad, and also amazing, funny, and happy-making. i highly recommend it!

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    Re: foster family update & questions

    hey share a big cage with a playtop and look out for one another. had to laugh & think of oh mowsie- they both did the "no, preen ME!" head lowering contest!
    Uh oh Dani.. you know that this means Dando and Uno are... LOOSERS!

    LOL!!!!!!!!! Its so good to hear they're doing great!!!!!!!! I bet it does a heart good to see them again! Can't wait for the updates when you birdy-sit them!
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    Re: foster family update & questions

    after doing the prelim visit with debi/dando/uno, i realized debi didn't know thei whole story. so i emailed her the link to thei thread. here is her reply:

    Hi dani,
    Thank you so much for the link to Dando's and
    Uno's stories. After reading
    these I understand how much effort you went
    through and emotional turmoil in
    fostering these birds. I was so disturbed about
    reading their horror story at
    the hands of their former owners (and about Uno's
    siblings deaths) that I was in
    tears. But, these special birds have been the
    lucky ones in that they were
    rescued by you (and Mickaboo) and are now living
    very happily in my home. I
    loved looking at the pictures that you took and
    can also see how much they have
    changed from those early, scary days.

    I know that I'm getting more attached to them as
    time goes on, and love them
    more each day. When people look at them at the
    vet's waiting room, they have no
    idea about how horrible their past was because it
    no longer shows in their
    behavior or their physical condition. Dando and
    Uno can even come out and sit
    on my arm in the waiting room and be calm and
    showing off for the other clients.
    Dando never acts wild anymore, and nearly never
    has the stress diarrhea. There
    has been only one night fright incident since
    they've been living with me
    (probably due to a noise at 3 am, but I didn't
    hear what started it).
    Occasionally, Dando will nip my hand in his cage,
    but only about every 1-2
    months. He never hisses or lunges or makes
    himself look "big". Of course, he
    is no longer vigilantly "guarding" a baby Uno
    like he was back then.

    They are so sweet and are getting more confident,
    loving and affectionate every
    day.

    Thanks for being a good support person and bird
    sitter,
    Debi

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    Re: foster family update & questions

    See! I just KNEW Dando had it in him to be a sweet guy!!!! THere's just something in that pied! The letter just warms my heart! Thanks for posting it Dani!
    Visit Apache, Neo, Silver, Taxi, Tieka, Trinny, Buzz, Tiggy, Paris, Persephone & Hektor at Nikkie's Cockatiels More of what the flock is up too at their blog. Tiel Tales
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    Re: foster family update & questions

    here are the pix as promised!

    [IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/dandoportrait.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/unoportrait.jpg[/IMG]
    dando on left, uno on right uno looks like a normal, perhaps a bit of cinnamon. dando has always been a gorgeous pied. uno is now almost as big (visually, not by weight) as dando.

    [IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/dandoanduno.jpg[/IMG]
    the pix do not do uno's eyes justice- he still has eyes that bulge out a bit more than most tiels- like a cockatoo. it makes him look perpetually baby-like & cute.

    [IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/dandorelaxed.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/unoinrepose.jpg[/IMG]
    here are two pix with the birds, being soo relaxed. only uno was that relaxed in my home- dando was still on alert most of the time. what a difference a year makes!

    [IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/unolooksup.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/unopeeping.jpg[/IMG]

    two more of uno, cuz he's a cutie!

    here's the scritch battle!
    [IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/scritchme.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://www.*************.com/dandouno/atdebis/noscritchme.jpg[/IMG]

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    Re: foster family update & questions

    Oh my gosh I'm in love they look so lovely but uno has stollen my heart!!! I just love the way he looks. I'm so glad you got to see them again. And when you sit for them more pics!!!
    Mommy To Budgies Neo and Sky Tiels Dandy and Crackers

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