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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2003, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Snoopy III

Unfortunately, just as Bobby was getting Snoopy ready for the vet, Snoopy died. He was told it was because of old age.

He couldn't live without a parakeet, so, he adopted Snoopy III, the bird seemed fine when he saw him at the pet store. When the store clerk took him out of his enclosure, they were quite rough with him, using what looked like a welding glove, almost smashing it.

At any rate, Bobby got him home, and let him settle down, the next day, he noticed that he wasn't using his one leg. Don't worry, from the searches like we did for Snoopy II, tomorrow he is going to the vet 50 miles away.

Not mentioning the store, which Bobby did contact, what he was told was basically he had two weeks to return him, and they would "take care of" the bird, well, as many of us, Bobby was attached, and refused. To be honestly with you, if I knew that he was going to buy a bird from there, I would have warned him, because it was the same place that I adopted Patrick from, and some of you know that whole story.

What I am going to do, is notify the head quarters of the chain store, and do what I did with Patrick, only I notified them too late.

If anything, the more complaints that they get, the better, in a matter of speaking because they are no longer selling guinea pigs.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2003, 09:35 AM
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I have handled birds that you HAVE to use gloves with (like a Great Horned owl or a Red-Tailed Hawk!), but my experience with smaller birds is that the gloves terrify them and should only be used as a last resort. Generally a towel, properly wrapped and held, is enough to protect you from serious bites and keep the bird under control.

This place needs some serious instructions on how to handle birds! They can easily die from the panic of being held with a glove.

Hope you can get them straightened out!

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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The bird is doing a lot better now, he's just not using the leg. This place is the same place where I adopted Patrick from, and not for nothing, the last time we were there, they did not have any guinea pigs, and hamsters.

Bobby has put in a complaint with the main headquarters of the company, and who knows, maybe something will happen with this, as well.
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Make sure that Bobby is feeding a high quality food and that there is nothing on the cage that could be injuring the bird. This is awfully suspicious; as you can tell, I look at myself to blame before others!

Obviously this pet store needs to have some sort of action taken against them and their practices.

I hope he can get the bird fixed up and that it will be with him for a long time.

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handling a parakeet with welding gloves? That's outrageous! Obviously once they come in from the dealer, they aren't handled if they feel the need to use heavy gloves!

I hope Snoopy III recovers nicely and is able to have a great life!
 
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He's doing great!
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That's good to hear. I hope he continues to improve.

Now if we could just get some suggestions on my little Pip and his biting!! OW!! If he wasn't so cute and I didn't like him so much we'd be having some serious talks!

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