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…
As response to Bailey from page A/6
Thank you for your letter and comments (found on page 6.) “Kindred Spirits”…yes we are that to our humans and vice versa for that matter. Even though I tend to call her the “Administrative Assistant” she is by far the best friend I ever had. She feeds me, bathes me, plays with me (although I don’t play…I get educated), and she tends to be very intellectual with fascinating dialogue that I learn on a daily basis. But most of all, I know she loves me and I love her. Most people just read about our escapades and see how I boss her around. When work and writing columns aren’t present she is “Mom” (but don’t tell anybody I get sappy…I have a reputation to uphold).
We do for our humans what they do for us. Provide companionship, a lot of fun and an occasional headache! I always crack up when I learn a new word or phrase and I hear her laugh at me. It makes me feel good that I make her smile.
But, yes…then she feels the need to take me out and I have to put up with the whole “traveling on the shoulder” thing. Hey, if it makes her happy acting like a pirate with a parrot on her shoulder then have at it sister! The things we do for our humans…sheesh!
As far as football goes…don’t tell Christina…but I like watching football with my Grandpa better than hockey with her. She gets crazy during a hockey game and sometimes I don’t recognize her. She tried to get into football with Grandpa and me…but after being a football cheerleader for 4 years, she still knows absolutely nothing about the game. I’m thinking you and I need to hang out Bailey…Grandpa’s got the NFL package on satellite!
In closing I would like to thank you again for a great article as well! I always enjoy hearing what our pet and animal community is doing (sounds like there’s some patching of your lawn in the near future). Shoot me an email when you get some time, we’ll do lunch (the restaurants love when I come to visit). We’ll get the royal treatment for sure (after all…I am Marco Island’s most lovable parrot). Until then my friend…keep digging those holes and looking adorable!
Simba is owned by Christina Giordano. If you have any questions you would like Simba to answer, please email them to: AskSimba@angelsofflightproductions.com