Originally posted by SharonM
He doesn't just love Greg, he actually prefers him over me. He goes into attack mode, and has given me a few good bites when I've tried to intrude on his "Daddy Time"
That is exactly how it started! I believe I played a big part in letting it go so far and progress to what it is now. At the time I really didn't understand a whole lot about parrot mentality and how complex it is. I started to back off and just let him prefer Jim. He totally bonded to my son too. Actually, I think he looks at Thomas as his mate! He'll do anything for Thomas. Thomas is the one that he gurges on, any and every chance he gets he tries to feed him
Back to the beginning. We got Dante from a breeder in Florida when he was about 2 months old. He was so tiny and adorable. It really was love at first sight. I'm the one who hand fed him round the clock. He was very bonded to me for a long time. I weaned him, trained him, socialized him. He was the center of the universe for a long time! He was great with all three of my kids. Lisa (my youngest) was 8 when we got him and she had a tiny little girl's voice. Dante loved her. His first phrase was "Come on!" in Lisa's voice! She'd open his cage door and coax him onto her finger saying "Come on!, Come On!"
Most of the words he says he says in her little girl voice, it's really cute!
As he matured he started to get nasty with Lisa, biting her hard a couple of times. Being as young as she was, she became scared of him and interacted with him less and less. She'd always talk to him through the cage though and feed him treats.
Our family started expanding pet-wise and we got Jack. My attention turned to training the puppy-from-**** and Jim gradually took over more and more responsibility for Dante. He'd take him to the store (we lived in Charlotte at the time) in the car riding on his shoulder! Everyone up the road at the Circle K loved him
Eventually I got my first Dweezil (cockatiel) and took him practically from the nest. He was pin feathered! I hand fed Dweezil round the clock, devoted lots of time and attention to him... well the rest is history. Dante and I drifted apart
As Dante matured his preference was really strong - and we didn't do anything to change his mind. Weird thing... he loves my brother and several of my male friends that he doesn't even see on a regular basis! Me? Yeah, I'm the food source! The bringer of peanuts, treats, his favorite warm foods that I cook for him...
Long, Long, Long story summed up. He really rejected me! I know there had to be ways I could have prevented it...
I'm hoping there are ways to re-bond and have fun with him again