Friday, December 3, 2021

Q&A with Simba



This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own… 

Dear Simba, 

Recently I have had the downfall of our economy hit me pretty hard. I’ve had to get another job on top of the one I already have just to make ends meet and keep a roof over my head. I’m an avid horseman and have a beautiful Quarter Horse that doesn’t see me anymore because of the 80 plus hours I work now. I have had him all his life and we are the closest of friends. I pay an astronomical amount of money to board and feed him. Sadly, this is one of the many pleasures I must give up due to my current situation. I’m having a hard time with it and I feel like a failure. The unending answer to the question inside my head is am I doing the right thing by trying to find him another home? My heart says to hold on to him and never let him go but my head is telling me that he needs more than I can give him.

Signed, Victim of a Failing Economy 

Dear Victim, 

Although I do not know a lot about horses (they are big…I am small), I am going to try to make you feel better in my own special way. First off, get your head out of your pillow, dry your eyes and buck up! You are not a failure so stop feeling like one. You are not alone; the economy has fallen hard on a lot of people. I commend you on realizing that “Mr. Ed” needs more than what you can provide for him

Simba...Marco Island’s most beloved parrot!

Simba…Marco Island’s most beloved parrot!

at this time. Some people do not realize this and in the end it is the animal that suffers.

I am going to take a trip down memory lane for a moment and tell you all a rags to riches “Cinderella” story…a true story. It was March 28th, 2008 and a human was walking her dog in the early morning. She was walking passed a foreclosed home when she heard a scuffling noise coming from one of the many garbage cans in front of the home (keep in mind it was garbage pick-up day). She opened the lid of the garbage can that was making noise and low and behold…there I was! Stuffed in a parakeet cage with no water and no food. No one knows how long I had been there but the vet said it was a couple of days. I was not even a year old and I was barely alive. I was in that garbage can, thrown out like the daily trash and waiting to get picked up by the garbage truck just to wind up in the landfill. My human picked me out of the garbage can, took me home, nursed me back to health and now I am Marco Island’s most beloved parrot!

Hopefully now you can see that there were people out there who would rather throw me away like the daily garbage to spite their pride and selfishness instead of finding me a suitable home. Then there are people like you who want to do what is right no matter how much it hurts. You have not failed, you have achieved! Finding your “Mr. Ed” a suitable and loving home is not failing, it is an accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself. Now go out there and take the World by the horns!

Fly high my friend…Do not let anyone or anything ever clip your wings!

Fondly, Simba 

Simba is owned by Christina Giordano. If you have any questions you would like Simba to answer, please email them to: Ask 

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