Author’s Note: Today’s guest post is from the wonderful Miss Lisa from Heartprint Pets, she wanted to talk about the relationship SweetPea her parrotlet has with her dogs both past and present. You can follow Heartprint Pets on facebook, twitter or the blog page. Pictures were used with permission. Thank you so much Miss Lisa for doing a guest post.
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When my Parrotlet Sweet Pea joined my family 13 years ago I never imagined she would interact with my dogs Nicky and Niño. I introduced them slowly over time and Sweet Pea and Niño became good buddies. I’m pretty sure she was more fond of him, than he of her, but he was so sweet and patient with her. She would hitch rides on his collar tags, “preen” his fur and occasionally ride on his back. It was at this point when he would come to me and stare wide-eyed, waiting for me to take her away.
Nicky wouldn’t get close to her. He had gotten a little too close to her beak…once…and that was enough for him. They were “snack buddies.” He would sit beneath her cage as she tossed cereal, nuts and the occasional sunflower seed his way.
When Nicky and Niño crossed the bridge in 2009 Sweet Pea mourned along with me. She searched for them, whistled for them and tossed out treats waiting for Nicky to come and gobble them up. It was heartbreaking. I knew I had been very lucky that the three of them got along so well and that the boys had never shown aggression towards her.
Delia, our adopted Bichon Frise, joined our family in 2012. It was clear right away that she and Sweet Pea would probably never be friends. Naturally, Delia sees Sweet Pea as prey that would be tons of fun to catch. I attempted to introduce them once, but it was ugly. Two years later that has yet to change. I just can’t trust Delia with Sweet Pea. Delia likes to sit by Sweet Pea’s cage, fascinated by that strange chirpy creature. Sweet Pea has started sharing her snacks with Delia as she did with Nicky. They’ve managed to figure out a peaceful and safe relationship without having physical contact with each other.
I’ve learned a lot from Sweet Pea and her relationships with our dogs over the years. With time and patience, accepting others for who they are and knowing that although you may not always get along, peaceful cohabitation is possible.
Dedication: This article is dedicated in loving memory of Nicky and Niño. Fly free sweeties, know you will always be loved and missed.