Friday, January 21, 2022

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,

In the past I have run into a bit of a problem with relationships. I am an animal lover and have quite a few pets of my own (4 parrots, 3 dogs and 2 fish). The issue I am having is keeping a “significant other” around long enough to enjoy my life style with me and my pets. Granted, I put a lot of time and effort into my “kids” and have so for years. But this has stagnated my personal life. It’s hard to go out of town on a mini vacation and just have a normal relationship. Recently I met someone who seems to enjoy my passion for animals and understands. He constantly researches information on each individual pet and species. This scares me a bit because I’m not used to it. I have been a loner for quite some time because of this and don’t know how to react. So, my question is, how do I keep this new relationship going at the same time not neglect my “kids”?

Severely Stumped

Dear Stumped,

Here’s a concept…go with the flow! Sounds like this new “someone” may be what you were looking for. It’s hard finding people to take care of pets while you go on vacation but there are a lot of great pet sitting companies out there and that are bonded…use them. My suggestion to you is to involve him as much as possible. Let him help you with the daily on goings in your life and the relationship will get stronger. It’s a blessing that he already enjoys your passion for animals and understands. Get your head out of the “all mighty miss independent” mode and go for it! You’ll be doing it together. If he’s done his research correctly, he’ll know (coming from a birds point of view) that we are not the easiest creatures to deal with and trusting strange humans is a slow process. As for the dogs, I wouldn’t have him going on “poop patrol” out in the yard anytime soon. That is an exercise that needs to be eased into. The fish are easy…guys love to go fishing. All in all is sounds like you are doing a good job with this one. Keep it up and ease into the new stuff. Also, make time to do what he likes. If fishing is his thing and you just don’t care for it, go with him anyway…he’s making an effort for you…make one for him.


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