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Yes it has happened!  We knew that it would!  It was a matter of time.  Echo has now started to dance.  As many of you know Echo ( the Peacock) is our latest addition to the farm.  He is less than one year old and being that it takes about two years for a Peacock to reach full maturity we were not sure if we would see the dance or not.

Echo's first dance!His tail is short and he looks like a fancy Turkey.  He struts around looking all handsome and stoic.  Echo truly gets into it.  He is so funny how he will fixate his eyes on something like the cat (Smokey) and puff out.  Smoky is not the least bit interested in Echo’s efforts to look huge and will often look off to the side.  Echo begins his approach by vibrating his tail, arching his neck and not taking the smallest blink of the eye.  Smokey lays down on the ground as if to say “Wake me up when this is over tuff guy”.

The whole thing always blows over as Yoda (Peahen) walks right in front of Echo chasing a bug or some other item that catches her eye.  Notice that no one really cares about Echo’s dance but Echo.  Poor guy.

Peacocks are not the only type of bird that uses its feathers to get attention.  I have found some of my Facebook friends that like to strut their stuff.

Milton being a hamThere is not a shortage of Cockatoos on the net spreading their feathers in play and showing how big and wild they can be. Here we have Milton spreading not only his wings but his crown. I’m just a cockatiel and would flip right out if I saw this guy in a dark alley. Milton’s human helper is Barb Vagg and says that Milton is always hamming it up. Thanks for the cool picture Milton.

Keiker playingI am not sure if Cockatoos can cook but it looks like Keiker is chasing someone out of the kitchen. Maybe his favorite show on animal planet just came on and he is rushing to the big box.  Hello says he looks like a little white teddy bear and she wants to just swoop him up. This makes me mad because I already have to split my time with Charlie. Keiker don’t you come running round stealing my human.

Bella acting like a Peacock
This is not the back end of a little peacock. This is the tail spread of a cockatiel like me. My friend’s Freddie and Sarah shared this picture of Bella and what a show. I have been spending most of my time lately getting my tail feathers ready. I had no idea that I could do this. I do wonder if Bella is taking one of those boga (bird yoga) classes?

As you can see you don’t have to have a peacock around the house to have a great show. Birds love to have fun and showing off for our humans are one of the best times we have. So if you see us doing our dance you better watch or I’ll send my buddy Milton over to wake you up! Raaaahhhhhhhhaaaaaa!

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Things Done With Sheep!

Ok so I have heard of some crazy stuff humans do with a sheep! Hey “Shut the cage door” you think I am going there? No, this is a family site and you’re not pulling the wool over my eyes!

Why…..

I wanted to share this video because it simply is just one you have to see. Now I want to be honest with you. It will take you less than 3 minutes to watch but it is going to cost you about 30 minutes plus of your day. The main reason is because you are going to want to see it again and then you are going to have to bring in reinforcements to confirm the whole thing. You might as well bookmark it because it will be stuck in your head and then you are going to want to see it one last time. But, it will not be…… your last……Please enjoy today’s You Gotta Z This!

Be Honest…..

I want a full report so how many times did you watch it before you just had to show someone?  We want to know?  Post you story in the Comments Below!  I’m getting ready to watch it again.

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That’s right birds like to get drunk and once we get a taste of it we become instant alcoholics.  Consider our size compared to a human and you can see that it wouldn’t take much to get us to a joyous stupor.  This may seem funny in theory but is not the solution to your human boredom or entertainment.

As you know owning a bird can be very similar to having a toddler around the house and it is your responsibility to keep us out of trouble.  You wouldn’t feed alcohol to a baby would you?  Not even a sip is ok for our feathered friends. Birds under the influence can get into all kinds of trouble as their judgment is impaired.

Allowing your pet to fly drunk is like having a pilot take off in a jet after leaving the airport bar.  You wouldn’t want to be on that plane so consider this when you leave you beverage sitting around.  Birds have been known to fall of their perch, misjudge landings or simply drink their selves to death.

IWild Berriesn nature wild birds have found their selves in danger when they came upon the bright fermenting berries.  You may have seen this yourself if you have a Holly, Pyracantha or other berry producing plant.  You may look outside your home and see the lethargic birds just sitting all over the ground while the cat sits there licking its chops.  Not only is the bird in a drunken state of mind but the thoughts of a marinated lunch is more than a cat could ask for.  The problem is not so much the berry but the fact that the berry may have just tipped over the over ripe stage and cause the berries to become toxic.  I must warn humans that these berries are never ok for humans to consume.

This brings us to the close of week 3′s “What in Z World Contest” the photo is not a wine opener but the foil cutter that often accompanies the wine opener.  Debbie you were about to win because you were the closest but Carys Jones took the prize with her description of what it was used for.  Congrats Carys!  Be sure to go to our Contact Us page and send us your address to so I can send you a prize for taking the time to play.  Your info will always be kept private.

If your ready to play this weeks “What in Z Word” click here —- > Fly me there! and I will get your there fast!

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What in Z World? (Week 4)

What in Z World is this?It is that time again when I take my usual flight around the house and find something I’m not sure what it is. I have a close-up for you to see if you can figure out what it is. Make your guess and see if you can get it. I will post a bird’s eye view so you can see if you were right. So here is this weeks What in Z World?

If you are receiving this post on email click here to go to the website to submit your guess —–> Take me there! If you are on the actual site just scroll down to the comments and put yours in.  If you have not done it yet subscribe by email to get all my confessions.  Good Luck!  Z Bird

We have a winner press here to see if you were right——-> Answer

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CowA man had just come home from work and had decided to take a rest in his favorite reclining chair. He had indulged in a couple of ice cold drinks from the fridge and was now falling off into a blissful slumber. He was startled when the phone next to his chair rang and a police officer introduced himself. He asked the man -who just got off from work and was tired- if he owned any cows.

The man was sure that he was dreaming when all the sudden he remembered that he had in fact inherited some land and cows from his now aging father. The (tired and not really wanting to own cows) man admitted to the policeman that sure enough there were cows that he owned. The police officer then proceeded to tell the man that the cows were currently standing on the highway. The man realizing that this cow on the highway was becoming a reoccurring problem as it had happened many times since his inheriting them. The tired and exhausted man (who we will now call a Farmer because he had handled the situation many times before) told the office that he would be right there to get them off the highway.

The farmer/ aggravated man jumped in his truck and drove less than a mile to where the officer stood at the broken down fence pointing to a heard of cows – Yeap standing on the highway. The officer seeming to be happy that he made the discovery was more than willing to jump right in and herd the cows back to their grazing lands. They ran left and right across the highway blocking off cars as they grouped them and guided them back in through the broken fence.

Everything was going well as the officer and the farmer mended the fence so that the incident was behind them. The farmer took a big breath and a sigh of relief that his recliner and he would soon be reunited. While shaking the officers hand and thanking him for his assistance the officer tilted his head. “Sir Have you been drinking?” The officer asked. The farmer replied “I had a couple when I got home from work, Why”

The officer then arrested the drug out of a dream, drug out of a reclining chair, drive less than a mile, ran back and forth across the road to heard cows, mend a fence with the happy cop and took him to jail for DUI.

Once the mad farmer posted bond, went to court, paid his ticket, did a driving class, watched his insurance rise, now has a record and couldn’t get rid of the cows because it would devastate his dying Father he know just what to do.

Cows stand here!He installed an asphalt strip straight down the middle of the pasture with yellow lines and everything! That’s right -”If the cows want to stand on the highway. I’ll give them one to stand on!” you can hear the farmer say sitting in his lawn chair, looking out at his cows and drinking a cold one.

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If you guessed that they are extremely dusty you are right!  The Cockatoos, Cockatiels and African Grey’s have a special and additional feather dander called powder.  This gives them the nick name as Powder down Birds.

The most shocking thing that Hello had to get use to when I first came to the farm was the huge cloud of dust that flies everywhere when I shake off.  She has had several other types of birds but never a Powder down Bird like me.

If you plan on getting a bird be sure to grab a feather duster.  You will need it as we love to spread the love all around.  Just remember the reason we work so hard at being beautiful is because we do it for you.  We want to be the best looking bird on the block.

There are several things that can be done to knock a portion of the dust down.  One is frequent cleaning around the cage. Don’t have carpet in the room that the cages are in.  Hardwood and tile floors are more common in bird areas.  Consider an air purifier and be sure to change the filter in the HVAC unit often.  No really often!

The easy thing to do and most bird’s love it is Bath Time!  Hello lets me take a bath about every other day.  I love to hide my head under my wings as the water falls on my back.  I look like the headless cockatiel!  Rahhhhhhh!

The Feather Duster at Cockatial Confessions

This brings me to this past weeks contest winner at “What in Z World”Sherry Simpson you were correct with it being a feather duster with no feathers.  Be sure to go to our contact page and submit your address to me so I can send you a prize.

Thanks for all that played this week’s “What in Z World”!  Be sure to subscribe so that you can stay up on what is going on here at the farm and all my fun antics.  Click here for the next “What in Z World” and Good Luck!

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Do Dogs and Cats Eat Sushi?

Sushi mat for making pet and human sushiCongratulations David!  You were the winner of our “What in Z world contest”.  Your guess was the tool for making sushi rolls.  Be sure to go to my Contact Us tab and send me your address so I can send you a prize.

Speaking of sushi rolls check this out!

Pussy & Pooch is an innovative and unique pet boutique that is located in downtown Los Angeles. They cater to the urban lifestyle of modern pets and their owners.

This boutique includes a great place for you to shop for clothes, accessories and includes a Pawbar. Yes, a place for your pets to pick up their own sushi rolls. Dozens of dogs stop by there daily to enjoy raw treats, sushi rolls and dog beer. Dog beer is malted chicken or beef flavored vitamin water.

The owners believe that pets should eat as nature intended them. Each meal includes animal protein with a small amount of plant products. The plants simulate what a carnivore would find in its prey’s stomach. You will not find grain and filler foods in this place. The boutique has had so much success that they now have opened another store in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach.

Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch

Sushi meal at Pussy & Pooch

S.A.D. (Species Appropriate Diet) Dog Sushi LLC is located in the Austin TX area. They also include the raw meat alternative to feeding your carnivorous pet. They have a huge assortment of rolls that are fresh, whole and made with 100% natural ingredients. So fresh that it is suitable for human consumption.

You can spend quite a bit of time looking through all the names for the sushi rolls they offer. Some of the names that stuck out for me were the “no begging beef roll” and the “dances with buffalo roll”. Their signature rolls, nigiri and sashimi offer more choices than the local supermarket. These include things like green tripe, beef sweetbreads and beef recreational bones.

Both sites claim that the benefits of feeding in the raw include better digestion, fresher breath, cleaner teeth and healthier coats. Going raw will also help pets that have food allergies and even controlling seizures. Check out these two sites and consider the raw advantages for your pets.

A raw meal for dogs at SAD Dog Sushi

One great meal from S.A.D. Dog Sushi

Be sure to play this week’s “What in Z world contest” and see if you can be the first to answer what it is.

Click here to go to the next contest ———> Fly me there!

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What in Z World? (Week 2)

I was flying around the house again and came across this weeks item.  I took a close up of it to see if you know what it is.  Add your guess in the comments.  Be sure to subscribe to the site to see if you won.  This weeks picture is:

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Humans, Dogs and Boxes?

I want to squawk about something!  These humans are crazy!  They love boxes!  They look at big boxes and talk to little boxes.  My human (The one I hired to clean my cage and feed me) talks to a little box all the time.  It even calls out to her.  She will come running around the corner grabs it and says “Hello”.   It stops yelling out when she does this.  Sometimes it will call her and I think she is mad at it because she will pick it up and say….”I don’t think so”.

The crazy thing is the humans don’t talk to the big box.  The big box just talks to the humans and they sit there for hours just looking at it and listening.  Sometimes they watch the big box talk on the little box about what the big box is saying.  The other day all of the sudden they started yelling at the big box and that puzzled me.  They yelled “go, go, go”.  I found it very exciting but the box never moved!  The humans jumped up and down.  Some got mad and others laughed at the mad ones.  The box was never afraid it just sat there and talked and flashed its colors.

Gracie watching the Big Box!

I have a new problem now. I think the dogs are teaming up with the humans.  I have yet to see a dog talk to a little box but i have evidence that the dogs are now teaming up with the humans.  A reader shared this photo of Gracie watching and listening to a big box. Then the craziest thing happened … I started getting pictures where the dogs were dressing up like humans.

Here are two pictures from readers that have their team shirts on!

Here is Haley in her favorite team shirt!

Then you have Zeus…….aka Sir FURcrest!  Sorry Zeus your team lost but you still look great in that shirt.

I believe that we should do our best to watch out for the boxes in our lives.  Maybe humans should consider turning off the big box, putting down the little box, stop typing on the medium box.  Get your dog out of the closet and the two of you go for a walk…..Z Bird.

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RD picked the Saints!!!

Here at the farm we felt for sure that it being a pet blog that the natural choice would be the Colts! We nominated RD as the official game forecaster for this year. With two tabs of paper the same size, color and smell he made his selection. The only difference in the two were the words Colts on one and the Saints on the other. RD has a trick that he already knows of guessing which hand the treat was in. You can shuffle it behind your back and he will actually pick the one with the treat. He gets it right about 95% of the time. Today we put the treat in both hands for equal smell and allowed him to see the names. RD selected the Saints to win the Superbowl. Goooooooo Saints! Have a great Superbowl Day!

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