How disability affects my life with Poppet

Well my life began with Poppet on the 16th September 2007, I have always loved parrots and it was wonderful that I now had one of my own.

The day before I got Poppet I was behaving like a child at Christmas, there was furniture being moved to accommodate Poppet’s new “house” which I had to pick up should I come home with a baby, there were lists of possible names for ether male or female.

So the day had come to collect the new addition Mum and I had spoke to the gentleman to get final directions, the night before I prepared my old cockatiel cage to bring her home in. so we set off heading to Salisbury, Wiltshire in the UK, we arrived and were invited in to view the babies there were two left to choose from I am kind of glad there were no more it was hard enough to choose as it was!. Mum and I were looking at these two for sometime, Poppet was shy at first hiding behind the other one until the pens and paper arrived on the table and then she came into her own and became really playful where as the other one was more reserved and like to watch what was going on.

We were left alone with them to see if we/Mum were able to catch them with confidence to which that duty fell to my Mum at least while we were in someone else’s house being that I have cerebral palsy and I only have use of one hand and walk with a limp! My Mum passed the catch the parrot test with ease and I became the proud adoptive parent of a really cuddly twelve week old CAG.

We were home to drop little one (then with no name) home while I went to get her permanent home from the pet shop where my Mum works, we brought it home Poppet looking at us all the time as we struggled to put the cage together and fitted it out with new toys food and water and we let her settle in peacefully, so began my new life with Poppet.
The first day Poppet was quiet but alert to everything that was being said to her. When I first let her out she cuddled in to me tight, when I first walked with her on my shoulder I think she was a bit confused because my disability causes me to walk with a similar motion to a ship at sea! But she soon got used to it and learnt that when I said to her “hold on tight” she does hold on now I guess she must have realised that I am going to be on the move.

As with any youngster the first thing Poppet was taught was to step up which she picked up very quickly which I was pleased about because I had better control, like I say having one good had has lots of challenges a young CAG is just a new one. Poppet and I had built a pretty good bond and was very friendly toward my Mum as well as everyone else that comes to see us, she is a really lovely pet, member of my family and still friendly to me.

At the moment Poppet has really bonded with my Mum and opts to sit on her given the chance I.E if Mum and I are in the same room, sometimes I don’t think Poppet sees me as a leader figure and sees more of a leader in my Mum which is a little upsetting I guess, but she is still friendly towards me just not very tactile, she watches me when I clean her cage and chatters away to me, I can only think it is my disability that doesn’t portray confidence.

She does get cheeky like stepping up on my arm when asked but then stepping over the other side she thinks this is funny, I guess I do sometimes although I don’t show it!

As it stands at the moment my Mum is the one with more powers of persuasion then myself but I guess that is one of those things I still have her and wouldn’t change her for the world she is still young and coming on leaps and bounds everyday, she sounds like she is mimicking which is nice too hear her laugh like myself and natters away I am not sure what she is saying yet but I am sure I will soon. I am hoping as she gets older she will bond with me more as well but until that day I will keep bonding with her the best I can and try and get her chatting some more to.(parrot)

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