Sunday, March 17, 2013

Budgie of the Month: Buddy Lee

Photo © saudiak on tumblr

Long overdue post! This story was submitted on Me & My Budgie, by Lori Tomlinson. These stories just make me so happy, it proves that people really care about budgies.

For our one-year wedding anniversary, my husband and I decided to take a road trip to an Indian Casino about and hour and a half from our house. When we first arrived into town, my husband asked me to pull over so he could get a soda. I pulled into a fast-food drive thru, but my husband wanted bottled soda, not fountain (picky, picky!). So as I waited in the drive-thru line, he got out to run to the gas station next door. A few seconds later, he was tapping at the car window. I looked out and saw him pointing toward his shoulder. The cutest little bright green budgie had landed there! 

I got through the drive-thru line, and jumped out of the car. The bird had followed my husband around to the other side of the building. I asked the restaurant employees if they knew anything about the poor little bird, and no one did. Having no experience with birds, but being the sucker for animals that I am, I convinced my husband to help me capture the little guy and go in search of a pet store. Of course, there were none in the area, so the three of us headed for home. 

Over the past few months, Buddy Lee -- Bird of Adventure, has made himself at home. Having read as much as I could get my hands on about caring for budgies, I learned that they are happier in groups. So, I recently acquired a little brother for Buddy, named Dingo. I absolutely love having them around, though my two jealous cats resent having to share my attention with them. We have established a "rotate-the-pets-schedule" in our home -- when the birds have free-flying time, the cats spend the evening on the porch. 

My husband and I never did make it to the casino that day. But Buddy Lee (and his new little brother) have turned out to be a million times more fun that a slot machine!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Budgie found in Hareid Stadium (article)

Photo © Vikebladet Vestposten

Erlend sent me this article while I was at work. It's from last month but it's a sweet story!

A team of young football players in Hareid (Norway) were out practicing on the field, when someone reported seeing a budgerigar that came flying into the stadium. It was ice cold outside, so the budgie had come to the right place, because the team took the budgie inside where they kept him warm and safe.

The same evening, the lost budgie was recognized by its owner, who had seen him fly away through the window earlier. Happy ending!