Day 175: Parrot Perils – Shared Service

If there is one thing every feathered being wants to avoid at all costs, it is having to share your personal large featherless assistant. There are several reasons for this, the most pressing of which is that the large featherless beings are challenging enough to train when there is just one VIP client to serve.Continue reading “Day 175: Parrot Perils – Shared Service”

Day 172: Cockatiel Is a Featherweight

In the world of top secret “black ops” agents, it is very important to know your correct measurements so you are issued the right gear. Too light, and the gear won’t be sufficiently intimidating. Too heavy, and the gear will make your job harder rather than easier. So when you go to the agent headquartersContinue reading “Day 172: Cockatiel Is a Featherweight”

Day 166: Cockatiel Supersizes Pancake

In the culture of the large featherless beings, there is such a thing as “supersizing.” Victuals are a particularly popular choice for supersizing. The theory seems to be that if it is small and tastes delicious, it will taste even more delicious when you make it bigger. In practice, however, supersizing is not for theContinue reading “Day 166: Cockatiel Supersizes Pancake”

Day 163: Cockatiel Gets His Own Back-up Dancer

Pretty much everyone knows that having feathers automatically makes you an excellent singer. But one of the best kept secrets few fans realize is that feathered beings are also excellent dancers! It makes sense, when you think about it – singing and dancing both require the same basic level of sensitivity to tempo, rhythm andContinue reading “Day 163: Cockatiel Gets His Own Back-up Dancer”

Day 160: The Cockatiel & the Cantaloupe Caper Gang

One of the most exciting things about being a famous and feathery actor is that no two days are ever alike – you can make sure of it! Thanks to a heaping dose of good old-fashioned avian ingenuity, you will never run out of new compelling characters to create and gripping dramas to build aroundContinue reading “Day 160: The Cockatiel & the Cantaloupe Caper Gang”

Day 157: Cockatiel Hands Out Pink Slips

When you are born with soft feathers all over your body, it is vital to keep them looking and feeling their best. Sometimes, this means setting aside some extra time in your (already packed) daily schedule for personal grooming. And sometimes, it means sending out the pink slips. But feathers that don’t make the cutContinue reading “Day 157: Cockatiel Hands Out Pink Slips”

Day 154: Cockatiel Makes the Hop

There is a definite art to plate surfing. Even the most skilled plate surfers occasionally fumble it. No matter how susceptible your fellow (large, featherless) diners may be to “cuteness,” you still have to time it just right to nab the delicacy you have your eye on while keeping its owner successfully distracted. In otherContinue reading “Day 154: Cockatiel Makes the Hop”

Day 151: Cockatiel Visualizes for Success

Great teachers from all walks of life (not to mention all species) recommend the powerful practice of visualization to get what you want. While it sounds easy, the actual visualization process can take some work! For example, you want to “set the stage” (a technical term) for your dreams to come true. Here, it isContinue reading “Day 151: Cockatiel Visualizes for Success”

Day 133: Cockatiel Creates Wall Art With Heart

The best artists aren’t always the ones with the most complicated designs. There is something to be said for keeping what shows up on the canvas simple and straight from the heart. Not only will this type of art be most accessible to the fans (and the ladybirds, should any happen by during or afterContinue reading “Day 133: Cockatiel Creates Wall Art With Heart”

Day 130: Cockatiel Knows It’s In the Bowl

Despite the high prevalence of large featherless waitresses in the food service industry today, they can be remarkably tough to train. For starters, getting distracted by “cuteness” is a known hazard of the species. Also, featherless beings tend to get overly hampered by their own outmoded customs when it comes to fine dining. For instance,Continue reading “Day 130: Cockatiel Knows It’s In the Bowl”

Day 124: Cockatiel Is Damp & Dapper

The super-competitive annual nesting season isn’t for amateurs. Ladybirds have very high standards, and they expect their suitors to bring their A-game on every level, from nest selection to victuals choices to personal style. For this reason, you want to make a fashion-forward first impression, which as every worthy candidate knows always begins with aContinue reading “Day 124: Cockatiel Is Damp & Dapper”

Day 118: Cockatiel Discovers Mystery Muffin

When your reputation as .007, pint-sized super spy, precedes you, you can count on getting called in to consult on some pretty strange cases. Since every one of these cases is unique, often you have no precedent to refer to – just your own gut instinct to guide your recommendations. This also applies to theContinue reading “Day 118: Cockatiel Discovers Mystery Muffin”

Day 115: Cockatiel Trains Large Featherless Waitress

Training a large featherless waitress can feel like a long (oh so long) and uphill road. You may have to send your order back once, more than once or many times before she finally gets it right. But when she does at last master a lesson, you want to be sure to let her knowContinue reading “Day 115: Cockatiel Trains Large Featherless Waitress”

Day 109: The Cockatiel & the Crinkly, Crackly, Bobbly Bag

As all feathered beings know, every snack tastes better with sound effects! Unfortunately, the large featherless beings tend to be somewhat unimaginative in this area, so it often falls to the feathered flock member to instruct flock mates in the art of multi-sensory dining. For example, let’s say your personal Small Chef has selected aContinue reading “Day 109: The Cockatiel & the Crinkly, Crackly, Bobbly Bag”

Day 106: Cockatiel Explains Flock Dining Protocol

When you are dining with your flock, it is important to make sure everyone in the flock knows and follows the proper dining protocol. The “alpha” flock member always gets to dine first. Always. No exceptions. Ever. If you are unsure which flock member is the alpha, just look for the member with the mostContinue reading “Day 106: Cockatiel Explains Flock Dining Protocol”

Day 100: Cockatiel Digs Into Tortilla Chips for Two

Fully furnished nests are a rarity in the world of feathered beings, especially as the spring nesting season really gets underway. If you want to find the best real estate, you need to start your scouting early. But occasionally, even late in the game, a true gem might suddenly appear. When this happens, you wantContinue reading “Day 100: Cockatiel Digs Into Tortilla Chips for Two”

Day 97: Cockatiel Claims One Found Mouse

If you live in a flock where you have many flock mates yet only one rectangular shiny device with the crispy keys, sometimes you have to get creative about claiming your turn. Rather than whine about how your large featherless flock mate is monopolizing the device yet again, you can challenge yourself to find anotherContinue reading “Day 97: Cockatiel Claims One Found Mouse”


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