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Now playing: An mp3 recording and a video of my African grey parrot, Rufus, talking to himself

Rufus, an African Grey Parrot, talks a lot, but only when he is in a room by himself, for the most part. In order to get this recording, I set up our portable phone to “Intercom” and went into another room. Then, I held up my cell phone to the house phone and set it to record:

My African Grey Parrot, Rufus, talking to himself

Rufus is a character. He’s very good company when I’m the only human in the house all day, which is most of the time. I also have other birds: Cockatiels Penny and Jonah, Lovebird Candy, and Parakeets Beady, Gumby, Shelly, Oscar and Ginger. Having a houseful of birds makes it noisy, but I like it. I like hearing God’s creatures.

My parakeet’s especially, make a lot of noise. But, the noisier the get, the happier they sound — The parakeets just sound happy to be alive. They make the most noise at sunrise. The rest of the birds were napping when I got this recording of Rufus. Here is the one and only time I have caught Rufus talking on video once, and only two words at that:

He said “What’s up” right at the beginning. Then, the naughty bird decided to get on the parakeet cage. I know from (many) past experiences that Rufus is going to lift up the wire holding the parakeet’s water bottle. He loves to watch things fall…. He will also pull a parakeet’s tail if one is sticking out of the cage. That’s me scolding him…

At the end, I have to stop the video to put Rufus back on his Boing-Boing and coil it up shorter so he can’t reach next time.

So there you have it – another peak into my boring life… Don’t worry, I like my boring life just the way it is.



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We took my boy dog Belty out on an outing today – and it wasn’t the vet!

My good boy dog Belty has not felt good very often lately. He has had two strokes, he has kidney disease and he is 14 years old. Today, he just felt good for a change, so my hubby and I took him on an outing.

Belty Boo spending time with Mom (me)

We went to PetsMart and wandered around. He enjoys seeing other dogs and sniffing around places where they have been. Even when we have to take him to the vet, which is pretty often lately, he enjoys sniffing around.

Belty was having a really good time in the store and he was extra happy. So, next we decided to take him to a little lake. Belty and I walked all around it in the cold wind while my hubby sat in the truck and read…. Belty was having too much fun to care about it being cold.

Belty enjoyed seeing the ducks and geese. And, of course, he enjoyed sniffing all the trees and bushes.

Belty is in his “Lazy Dog” chair (my hubby’s lazy boy chair) and having a well deserved nap.

Good boy Belty!


The posts below show how bad this past year has been for Belty – We are very thankful every day that God has decided to let Belty keep living with us.

October 19, 2010 My good boy dog Belty seems to be recovering from his stroke!

October 17, 2010 My dog Belty had another stroke and I’m afraid we will lose him soon.

October 12, 2009 How do you explain to a good dog why you can’t give him a doggie goodie any more?

November 18, 2009 Good news and bad news about my good boy dog Belty

October 3, 2009 My dog, Belty’s kidneys are shutting down and I am broken hearted

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I am finally getting around to adding photo albums

I posted this here with Windows Live Writer so I could copy the code to add to my “About Me” page:

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My parrot loves to play Marco Polo with me

My African Grey Parrot, Rufus, likes to play interactive word games — Yes, really! For instance, he likes to play Marco Polo with me when I am in another room.

Rufus our African Grey Parrot

Rufus our African Grey Parrot

He picked it up all by himself, we did not teach it to him. He is a great observer of things around him, and just pays attention.

It started because my hubby and I don’t like to walk all over the house looking for each other. One of us will say “Marco” and the other will say “Polo” so we know where the other is.

Marco Polo is actually a game that you play while swimming with others in a pool – it is like tag. The person who is “It” tries to find the others with their eyes closed, only going by the sound of the “Polo”s after they say “Marco”. 

Any way, Rufus, the observant parrot, thought this was a  fun game. So, from time to time he will just holler out “Marco” and wait for me to holler “Polo”. This does not work in reverse. If I holler “Marco”, Rufus will just ignore me. Rufus answers to nobody! He is his own man.

Rufus, you silly bird!


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My good boy dog Belty seems to be recovering from his stroke!

I wrote two days ago about my dog Belty having another stroke: My dog Belty had another stroke and I’m afraid we will lose him soon.. It seems like Belty is getting better!

Belty, the best dog in the history of the world

First some history: Belty has had health problems for the last year. First, we found out he had kidney disease: (My dog, Belty’s kidneys are shutting down … and I am broken hearted…).  Then, a month after that he had his first stroke: (Good news and bad news about my good boy dog Belty…) It turned out we were were able to manage the kidney disease that with special food, and he recovered from his stroke, too!

He had his latest stroke a week ago last Sunday. He could not walk, his head was shaking and his eyes were moving back and fourth uncontrollably. We took him to the vet as soon as we could, and they prescribed steroids. He just did not seem to be getting better at all. My hubby and I were trying hard to be prepared to lose him.

Last Saturday morning , three days ago, we brought him to the vet again to see if there was anything else they could try. The vet hooked Belty up to an IV to give him fluids. My hubby and I prayed and prayed. Fortunately, Belty got a little stronger and got to come home with us later that day. But, then he got worse again.

At the time I wrote my last blog entry, two days ago, Belty was doing very badly. He was very weak, hardly walking, he wouldn’t eat, could hardly see, and was very dizzy. It just looked like we were going to lose him any second. I was brokenhearted.

Now, he seems to be improving! Belty seems to feel so much better! He is eating again, he is walking better, he does not seem as dizzy and he can see better! He even tries to sit up when I get a doggie goodie out of the goodie box!

He seems like a happy dog again. It looks like he might recover from this stroke like he recovered from his last stroke.

My hubby and I have been praying and praying for our good boy. I am so thankful that it seems like it is in God’s plan for Belty to recover!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!



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My dog Belty had another stroke and I’m afraid we will lose him soon.

I have not brought this up in my blog yet because it is too painful to talk about. My dog Belty is the best dog in the history of the world. Last week, a week ago today, Belty had another stroke.

Belty, the best dog in the world

Belty, the best dog in the world

He had a stroke another time, and he was able to recover from it. At first his eyes shook and his head tilted and he could not walk straight. But, in time, he was back to his old happy self, and we were able to relax again.

On top of his strokes, he has also been suffering with kidney disease for the past year. We have had pretty good success with managing it by giving him special food that he can digest easier.

This time,, with everything Belty has been through, we are afraid he will not recover. He is 14 now, and I realize that God will take him sooner than later. It does not make it any easier, though.

Belty is having a hard time getting around and he is not eating. He is starting to dwindle away. I have been praying to God to take him all at once and not let him suffer by dwindling away and having a lot of pain.

Anyway, I just had to talk about it. I would appreciate prayers from dog lovers who understand how painful this is. I would also appreciate kind thoughts from those of you who do not pray.

Thank you,



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Rufus’s Vocabulary List – A List of Things my African Grey Parrot Says

This list is way outdated. Rufus has learned a lot of new words and phrases. I just haven’ t gotten around to writing them down. This list was on my now defuct, dearly departed Windows Live Space:

  • (bomb falling and exploding) If I do the bomb falling whistle he will do the explosion.
  • (cell phone ring)
  • (clicks tongue)
  • (clucks like a chicken)
  • (cough, cough, cough)
  • (dials phone) Hello, yeah, OK, bye bye (Man’s voice)
  • (dials phone) What’s new? Mm hm, mm hm, mm hm…(Woman’s voice )
  • (dog howling)
  • (dog, whines like a puppy)
  • (dog, barking)
  • (dog yapping) Little, yappy dog. This must be “Merlin”.
  • (dove, mourning, cooing) Rufus loves animal calls.
  • (dove, ring necked)
  • (kiss sound)
  • (scream) woman’s voice
  • (laugh, belly) man’s voice.
  • (laugh, giggle)
  • (laugh, sigh at end)
  • (meows like a kitty)
  • (microwave beep)
  • (mumbling) man’s voice
  • (peacock call)
  • (smoke alarm)
  • (squeaks, various) He loves to imitate squeeky doors and drawers.
  • (tunk tunk tunk tunk) This sound like knocking on a hollow metal tank.
  • (whew!)
  • (whistles for the dogs) calls in the dogs when they bark
  • (whistle, wolf)
  • Bad boy
  • Booooop!
  • Buck buck buck buck bird
  • Bye bye! (says when we leave the house)
  • C’mere
  • C’mere (snap snap snap snap) snapping fingers sound
  • C’mere, bird (when walking behind another bird
  • Good boy!
  • Ha ha ha ha ha!
  • Hello baby!
  • Hello birby! — He gets baby and bird mixed up and it comes out birby.
  • Hello bird! — He will walk up to other birds and say this.
  • Hello Merlin (he must have had a little dog named Merlin where he used to live. He mentions Merlin, often)
  • Hello!
  • Hey! (He once said this after getting dive bombed by a parakeet)
  • La la la la la la la — Rufus like to make up his own songs.
  • Marco! (waiting for us to say Polo) — Rufus likes interactive games
  • Merlin! No! No! No! No!
  • Merlin! Sit, sit, sit, sit, sit!!
  • No way!
  • No! No! No! No!
  • Oh
  • Oh, boy
  • Oh, yeah
  • Pretty bird
  • Pretty boy
  • Shhh
  • Sit
  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!! (This one is loud!)
  • What in! (He’s trying to learn “What in the heck”, but that’s as far as he’s gotten)
  • What!
  • What! What! What! What! What!
  • What’s new, bird?
  • What’s new?
  • What’s that?
  • Whee ooooh!
  • Whew! (He says that when we take him out of his house to play)
  • Whoa!
  • Women!

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