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Honey and Sweetie

Honey and Sweetie

August 16, 2015

Dear Toronto Humane Society,

I am happy to report that today is the 1 year anniversary of the two new little additions to our family. As this is my first happy tail for them, please bear with me as it is a little long. A year ago today I brought home Honey and Sweetie. I had wanted to adopt a pair of budgies for awhile, and so I was excited to see that the THS had a bonded pair up for adoption. I fell in love with their cute little faces; and through a long process of trying to find the perfect habitat for them I was finally able to bring them home. I adopted these lovely pair of bonded budgies on August 17, 2014. When I brought them home they were understandably very nervous at first, being in a new cage in a totally new environment, but they have become much more comfortable. They are in a new, spacious, all-white cage in our living room, where they have frequent contact with everyone in the family throughout the day. Honey and Sweetie are next to a full wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling window that gets generous amounts of light and warmth, and their view faces south into our backyard where the girls can look out and see the large green trees, blue sky, and natural daylight.

When I first brought Honey (the blue/white) and Sweetie (the green/yellow) home that sunny Sunday morning, it didn’t take them long before they devoured their spray millet treat and looked around curiously, making soft noises, and cuddling up to each other. Now they are not nearly as nervous. Their developments over the year include taking a bath while I hold the bird bath in my hand (they just hop in!), and after a lot of time and patience they eat their treat right out of my hand, which is a very impressive improvement in their level of comfort! Honey and Sweetie get so excited over their treat that they sometimes get possessive, so I put some in each hand so they get their own to nibble on. It’s adorable to watch them eat, and sweet how they have warmed up to me and the rest of my family.

Honey and Sweetie’s cage is in our living room, which is generally a very quiet and relaxing room, but on occasion we play various types of music, and also play videos of budgies flying and chirping away in their native Australia, and the girls love this. They do have the ideal spot in the house which allows for different types of stimulation for them, and they are very content with all the sights and sounds, and family members they have gotten to know. Even our cat Sooty, as curious as he is, has accepted them and displays this by his overall indifference and preference for naps, which has made us all relieved and happy. Some mornings Honey and Sweetie chirp away very loudly, singing their hearts out, and that has been the sound that has been missing in our family for awhile, as we all adore birds.

It has been wonderful getting to know Honey and Sweetie, and with each day they show even more of their individual and adorable personalities. In the mornings they often greet me with soft chirps and a synchronized stretch; display lots of excitement and energy throughout the day and their synchronized yawns at night when they get sleepy. It is cute how in sync they are with each other – taking turns at a favourite spot on a perch or food dish – they have a way to signal to each other when their time is up. Honey is the more vocal and assertive one, Sweetie is the quieter, calmer one. Sometimes they alternate in leadership and often when one tries something first, the other will soon follow. They are constantly communicating with one another, reassuring the other, and being affectionate. Watching them preen each other is also a very cute and sweet sight to see!

I’ve kept their original names, as I feel that they suit their personalities perfectly. Honey and Sweetie are little ladies that are both as lovely as their names make them out to be! I look forward to getting to know them more as they continue to grow even more comfortable in their forever home.

A big thank you to the Toronto Humane Society, and to Neil Reilly for all his help throughout and after the adoption process.

Sincerely,
Jessica