8 Reasons Why You Should Get A Conure As A Pet Bird

8 Reasons Why You Should Get A Conure As A Pet Bird

Getting a pet bird changed the way I viewed this surprisingly sweet species.
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I own a Green Cheek Conure, and the last few years with him has been truly rewarding. I've never considered myself to be a bird sort of person, but having a pet bird has changed my perspective on this amazing species. Here are a couple things I've learned since adopting Skye.


1. Very Social

My pet Skye is a very friendly bird. In fact, he absolutely hates being alone. You can always find him perched on someone's shoulder or sitting next to someone in our family. And he doesn't just sit quietly — he rushes to cuddle your hand or gently bite your finger to initiate some playtime. It's the cutest.


2. Loyal

Dogs are not the only creatures to protect their owners against the fiercest of adversaries. Birds are just as territorial. Once they believe their flock to be in danger, they will puff themselves up and get ready to ferociously bite their enemies.

3. Playful

Birds loves to play simple games with anyone in the family. Some of Skye's personal favorites include tug of war (usually with a pencil or piece of string) and hide and seek. You'd be surprised how intense these games can get.


4. Intelligent

It depends on the species, but most birds can recognize certain words or even speak. Green Cheek Conures are able to speak after careful conditioning, but Skye hasn't reached that level yet. He can recognize frequently spoken words though, such as "cage" and "goodnight."

5. Fairly Low Maintenance

Dogs need walking atleast once a day, but birds are happy enough to sit inside their cages (or to be let out, depending on how comfortable the bird owner feels). And they shed a lot less, too.


6. Cost

Taking care of a bird definitely costs less than taking care of a dog or cat. Birdseed, cages, toys, visits to the vet and more are all lower in cost than that for a dog, making birds the ideal pet for those with a lower budget.

7. Long life

Yes, birds live for generally a very long time but again, this depends on the species. Green Cheek Conures are supposed to live anywhere between 20 to 30 years so you won't have to worry about a early goodbye.


8. Environment

Birds make less noise than cats and dogs. They occasionally chirp when they are extremely happy or agitated, but the majority of the time, they are well behaved. Not only that, but they defecate less than the regular household pet.

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18 Realities Only Chihuahua Owners Understand

Tiny tongues, toys and tummy rubs.
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Being a Chihuahua owner is a task many are not cut out for. Chihuahua hearts are big but there owners' are bigger. From constant coddling to invasive snuggles, there are some things only a Chihuahua owner understands:

1. Tiny tongue in your nose.

Be wary. Look away for a moment and your Chihuahua's tongue will slide into your nose faster than you can say stop. Just to be clear, this doesn't end at noses. Other body cavities, such as the eyes, ears and mouth are also at risk for Chihuahua infiltration.

2. Cat toys are its toys.

When your dog is tiny, it needs tiny toys.

3. Burying.

If your dog is missing, it's probably at the foot of your bed... under the covers. Oh, your bed is made? You don't think they would have been able to nuzzle down without disturbing your pillows? Wrong.

4. Claw marks halfway to your knee.

Because they want to be picked up and that's as high as they can reach.

5. Belly rubs.

Lots of them.

6. The fact that your dog is basically a cat.

They play with cat toys. They're cat sized.

7. The fact that your dog is more like a baby than a dog, or even a cat.

Okay, scratch that. Owning a chihuahua is more like having an infant that needs constant coddling. If they could talk we'd hear "pick me up, mommy" all day long.

8. The shakes.

Shakes because they're scared. Shakes because they're nervous.

9. Any miniature sized objects become toys.

Wine corks, toilet paper rolls...

10. Constant crying.

They cry when they're too excited, overwhelmed or scared which means it's always eye-wiping time!

11. Snuggles in your body's crevices

Mere cuddling is not enough for these creatures. Snuggling is only adequate when they strategically place themselves into the most irritating curve of your body- like the arch of your back or the back of your knees.

12. Being judged for the type of dog you own.

As if all Chihuahua owners participate in this type of embarrassing behavior... not saying that I don't.

13. Little dog syndrome.

14. Rain is not your friend.

Let's not even talk about thunder. There's no way you're getting your dog out of the house for a of couple hours.

15. You can't count how many times your dog has been called the Taco Bell Dog.

Yes, we get it, it's a Chihuahua. No, it doesn't need a sombrero.

16. You never go anywhere in your house alone.

Going to the kitchen? So are they! Bathroom, no problem, they'll be there to support you!

17. 'Sit' probably took you six months.

Let's just say, at least they've got the cute thing going for them.

18. The stank eye.



Cover Image Credit: Rachel C. Baxter

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Lessons My 4-Month Old Puppy has Taught Me

Other pets come and go, but puppies are forever... no matter how needy they may be.

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A few months ago, my family was blessed with a fluffy little Shih Tzu. Charlie immediately became a member of the family, and in the short time we've had him, he's taught me a lot more than I expected. Although being a dog owner guarantees you a loyal, cuddly companion, there are definitely trying times... times when you may even consider giving your pup away; you never do but you consider it.

That being said, here are just a few lessons my puppy has taught me:

Patience & Sacrifice

Training a dog is hard enough without the rebellion, but when you have a revengeful puppy like mine, it gets a whole lot tougher. Charlie's first month at home was pretty breezy, he adapted to his environment quickly, learning to do his business outside. He didn't even need to be on a leash because he'd run straight to the door.

Now, the outdoors are for exploring and eating leaves. To get him back inside I have to bark so he thinks another dog is coming after him... it's such a mission. But I love my dog, so I've learned to deal with his new tendencies. I patiently stand outside, watching him eat grass and do literally everything but go to the bathroom. I clean up his messes with a smile on my face, and when he doesn't let me do anything but give him attention... I sacrifice my duties to give him attention.

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Responsibility

Before Charlie, I just had myself to worry about, but now I have a whole other fluffy creature to take care of. Your dog may only be a small part of your world, but to them, you're their world. Being a responsible pet owner means feeding them before you feed yourself, making sure they've received ample play time, and finding someone you trust to watch your puppy when you're out of town. Eventually, you and your puppy will develop a daily routine and they'll adapt to your schedule.

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Love

Although having a puppy is a lot of work, I wouldn't trade my Charlie for the world. Since he's been part of our family, my puppy has taught me unconditional love. Puppies are like babies, so they require all of your time and energy, yet they steal your heart none the less.

To anyone considering buying a furry baby of their own, I say go for it. As long as you're patient, responsible, and attentive, the love will follow.

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