Into every feathery being’s life a little rain must fall.
Most days are super-cool. On those days, you might get to pounce on a giant stack of waffles, dismantle the wicker furniture, chew through some delicious window grout, and stare at the prettiest bird in the world for hours in your own personal mirror.
Other days, however, are slightly less cool. On those days, your large featherless assistant might take you to visit the V-E-T.
Pearl is a “special needs” cockatiel, so he has two vets.
One vet (Dr. Fronefeld) handles his permanently damaged left wing. The other vet (Dr. Fix – literally) handles everything else, including the quarterly mani-pedi (aka the wings, beak, and claws trimming).
Pearl hates the quarterly mani-pedi. He hates Dr. Fix. He even hates Karen, the world’s sweetest vet tech, who has birds of her own and cares for the office cockatiel, Goofy.
It is worth noting Pearl does not hate Goofy. Far from it.
After conferring for a bit with Goofy, Pearl starts plotting their escape.
When that doesn’t work….
Foiled again, he then starts to get creative.
Captured once more (it often takes both Karen and Dr. Fix to restrain him) he endures the final phase of the mani-pedi…the beak smoother.
Once Dr. Fix releases him and he has his final visit with Goofy, he goes back into his cage, at which time he displays this expression for as long as it takes to score a freshly toasted waffle (or two).
Author: Shannon Cutts
Co-Author: Pearl Cutts