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"My Birds Saved My Life..."

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While looking for birds to feature on this site, I joined the Parrot Playgroup Meetup. Pamela was hosting the next meetup so I emailed her and the organizers asking if I could interview them. Pamela was the first one to respond and what she wrote really intrigued me.

"Yes, please come Rod! I would love to spread the word of how amazing and how wonderful parrots are as pets. I would love to tell you my story and how my birds have helped me and saved my life."

Birds saved her life?  I've watched stories of dogs saving lives but not birds.  I pictured in my head of how her birds guided her outside of a burning building.

So is he the bird that saved your life?

No, my two other birds died, Buddy and Brandon.  Bradley is my third.

How long have you had Bradley?

I've only had him for two weeks.

How long ago did Brandon passed?

He passed February 1st. I really needed another one because I was really lonely. I hardly grieved which is good but I was ready.

Where did you find him?

I found him through the classified ads and it was breeder from the Bronx. But Brandon, the one who passed, I actually went all the way to Raleigh, North Carolina. I always say he was worth every penny. And Brandon, in the morning he would say, "I love you!" and looked at my eyes. That was so special.

Tell me about the first day you got Bradley.

He was a baby. He slept a lot. But I knew it was meant to be because he was very sweet. For me, birds aren't just pets. They are very spiritual. They mean a lot more.  I felt a connection and I felt it right away. And it helps that my mom and my sister, they really connected with him.

How did your birds save your life?

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years ago. I knew I wanted a pet and my friend who is a vet-tech suggested to get a green cheek conure. I Googled them and got one.  I couldn't take a shower when I first got diagnosed because I was hearing voices and was scared to get into the shower. And my bird he would just stay there with me.

They have helped me more than any medication or therapist because their love is so pure. They are like your best friend, your everything. I would look into their eyes and tell them what's going on. And they stop and listen, and looked into my eyes. It has been love ever since

Even though, I've lost two unfortunately, I still have their feathers. I feel their love is so big that they sacrificed themselves for me. With their passing they took a lot of pain and whatever I was struggling with away from me. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be in the place I am at now - I am trying to make friends and meet other people. My birds helped me do that. 

I wish more people would know how special they are. I thank you Brandon and Buddy for helping me so much. If it wasn't for them I don't think I would be here, living life again. I went through a really dark phase.

(Then, Pamela held Bradley backwards and caressed his tummy, which he seemed to really enjoy.)

What else would you like to share to others who do not know much about having a bird friend?

They love to listen, very attentive. If I need somebody to talk to, they are just all ears. They are not just pets for me. They are my companion, my friends, my therapist, my healer. They helped me so much and continue to help me. And I am just really proud to be a parrot parent.


There were four other people who showed up for the Parrot Playgroup Meetup, including Pamela's sister Justine. Bradley flew to each one of us and kept us entertained. He sure was very sociable and charming.

Pamela's bird friends (Buddy, Brandon and Bradley)  may not have pulled Pamela out of a burning building, but they have done something equally heroic — being true friends and sharing their pure love when she needed it most. And that's a wonderful thing to have in your life!

Name: Bradley
Breed: Green Cheek Conure
Gender: Male
Location:   Lenox Hill

Date Posted:  

March 17, 2015

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