“Toby” – My Whirling Twirling Sheltie

Written by Bonnie P. Carrier

Five years ago this August a funny little puppy came to live in our home.

He was tiny, blue-gray and white colored coat, skinny tail that hurt when it hit you andrepparttar biggest bat ears I’d ever seen on a puppy.

There was one other oddity his eyes were two different colors, one blue one brown.

This little guy’s energy level was amazing; he ran and bounced like there were springs attached torepparttar 144858 pads of his feet. He made us laugh fromrepparttar 144859 moment he walked throughrepparttar 144860 front door.

Howeverrepparttar 144861 reality of having a new puppy soon set in, keep in mind we had not done this for fifteen years.

Prior to Toby’s arrival we had been blessed with a wonderful Golden Retriever named Beau. Unfortunately after fifteen years of love and companionship he left us due to a long illness.

Getting back torepparttar 144862 new puppy for aboutrepparttar 144863 first year I awoke each morning between 4:00 – 4:30am, walked aroundrepparttar 144864 yard inrepparttar 144865 freezing cold – it was October when this little furbaby came to live with us – then slept in a chair with my new little buddy.

Inrepparttar 144866 endrepparttar 144867 interrupted sleep, housebreaking and everything else that come with a new puppy was well worth it.

Toby has grown into a beautiful, absolutely handsome dog – Oh, in case I didn’t mention it, he is a Blue Merle Shetland Sheepdog – he has brought so much joy and laughter to our home, but most importantly he helped fill a void in my heart that I really believed would be there forever.

He is such a wonderful friend. Every morning he is waiting for me when I come downrepparttar 144868 stairs - he’s afraid of stairs and will not go up or down - sits next to me while watching TV and lays in his bed right next to my desk keeping me company while usingrepparttar 144869 computer.

Understanding the Language & Behavior of a Pet Bird

Written by Tippy & Alfred

Birds, just like other pets, have their own ways of Communicating, or Bird Language.

Birds communicate to other birds and also communicate to their owners, in a variety of ways. While all species have their own unique methods of bird language, there are many generalities.

Birds use their body, body parts and voices to express a wide range of emotions.

Ways Birds Communicate

Barking Some birds give out a type of bark when excited or when trying to prove their dominance.

Beak Clicking When a bird is clicking it's beak, it is trying to tell others it is threatened or that it is protecting something.

Beak Grinding When a bird grinds it's beakrepparttar bird is trying to communicate it is feeling secure and content.

Beak Wiping When a bird wipes it's beakrepparttar 144476 bird is trying to communicate that he is aggravated or upset about something. Beak wiping is also typically normal behavior for birds when they are trying to cleanrepparttar 144477 beak or dislodge something stuck in it.

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Chattering Some birds just like to talk, talk about anything; their environment, how they feel,repparttar 144478 state ofrepparttar 144479 union.... so to communicate their thoughts, they chatter, sometimes incessantly, sometimes loud, sometimes soft.

Young birds chirp or chatter when they want fed. Birds inrepparttar 144480 wild often chatter as a warning sign to other birds that something is not right in their environment, or as a call to attract another bird's attention.

Crouching Ifrepparttar 144481 bird is crouching with it's head towardrepparttar 144482 owner,repparttar 144483 birds wants to be petted or scratched.

If crouching with head down, relaxed body and raised wings, repparttar 144484 bird wants attention.

If crouching with head down, eyes pinning, flared tail feathers, ruffled feathers, and a rigid body,repparttar 144485 bird is giving a warning to back off.

Flashing or Dilating Pupils Flashing or dilating pupilsrepparttar 144486 bird may be trying to communicate aggression, excitement, nervousness, or pleasure.

Growling Some birds communicate with a type of growl that means back off mister and leave me alone.

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