Tuesday, 11 June 2013

A Diamond Dove for the day!



I realise that the life I lead is a little less than mainstream, that my animals are rather eccentric and that I myself could be described as somewhat unorthodox. So when a friend of mine asked if I could bird sit her diamond dove, Piff, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world.
After all, I had met Piff at his home on a number of occasions and he had popped round to my house once (not on his own you understand) and preened himself at the kitchen table. However, despite looking after my own animals, taking care of other people’s pets can suddenly feel like a huge responsibility and by the time he arrived I was doubtful that he would survive the day.
I needn’t have worried though, as Piff is an experienced traveller who loves meeting new people and animals. He put me at my easy straight away as we discovered a mutual interest in vintage radio comedy. He sat on his cage preening and cooed happily in response to the sound track of a parrot in an episode of Dad’s Army. 
After a light lunch of mustard cress and linseed (that was Piff’s lunch, not mine) he spent a little time with my other half in the workshop, before winding up his day wandering along the living room window sill surveying the garden and chatting to himself.
By the time his owner, Cathi, came to collect him later that evening, we were all quite settled and even the cats were sad to see him go (though they may have had their own reasons for this). Despite being only a small bird, Piff has a big personality and the place seemed quite empty when he had gone.  I do hope he visits again soon.

17 comments:

  1. He's gorgeous! I want one! Does he live in a cage? He must be 'foreign' with eyes like that! :-)

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  2. They are wild in Australia. I've seen them in small flocks. Really docile, gregarious birds. Piff looks like he lives the high life though!

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  3. What an amazing looking bird! You always have something interesting going on Sue! Was he just sitting in you hand in that first pictures? Wow.

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  4. We know Piff, he lives with Cathi Poole next door and is a regular visitor to our house. We remember when Cathi first brought him home, a rather bedraggled specimen with half a tail. He got lucky with Harry and Cathi. He is now puffed up and well groomed. Charley, he is hardly ever in his cage, just when Cathi either takes him to work or brings him round for supper. He loves to fly around our conservatory and taunts our parrot confined to another room!
    I have a special relationship with Piff, he regularly 'displays' on my hand!

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    1. He is rather spectacular! And must be incredibly trusting and friendly. I am assuming 'display' could well be a euphemism for something entirely different? ;-)
      Just had a quick look at your blog Roger - I shall revisit.

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    2. You are certainly right there Charley - he does 'love' Roger! :-)

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  5. He's got red eyeballs!

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    1. He DOES look a little like J'Kar from Babylon 5, doesn't he Karisse? He really is the most affectionate and gregarious little bird. He comes to work with me sometimes and spends the day trying to nestle in any hand that will welcome him!

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    2. OMG! You're right! I loved that series!

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  6. You? Unorthodox? Less than mainstream? That's the only reason half of us are here following your blog! That, and waiting for the next Nellie instalment!

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    1. Edward Jefferson12 June 2013 at 12:20

      Couldn't agree more!

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  7. Gosh you guys are very demanding! Here I am bringing you stories about excentric, exotic birds and here you are demanding nelly stories! She is of course still making trouble wherever she can so I will try to get some photos of her up to her tricks and post you an installment.

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    1. I, for one, will look forward to that! Not that I didn't thoroughly enjoy meeting Piff!

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  8. He's beautiful!

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  9. The pictures of Piff are superb Sue. Especially the second one - it's full of character!

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  10. Piff came round for tea last night along with Cathi and we sat in the garden. Piff was in his little traveling cage and wasnt very happy so I let him loose in my living room while we sat outside and enjoyed the sun. When we finally came in he was busy sitting in the windowsill preening and watching the wild birds in the garden. He sat on my head for a short while before striding around the log baskets like proffessor Yaffle and collecting tiny twigs and bits of grass to make a nest in Cathis hand. He is such an amusing little chap!

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  11. I love the description Sue - you make him sound wonderful!

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