...No not that certain personal magical magnetism...but rather a precious little Caique Parrot...you guessed it...named Mojo.
...and here he is enjoying a walnut.
Mojo has been with us for one week now...and I couldn't have asked for an easier transition for a new pet.
This was an unexpected blessing...but I really believe this is a miracle from God the way it all transpired.
So do you want to hear the story??? Well I'm gonna tell it anyway..so if you want to skip this part you better stop reading right now. But I'm telling ya...it's a pretty cool story!
I have wanted a Caique for over four years..since the very first time I read about the funny little "clown" of the parrot world. I looked around and contacted breeders but just had no luck, plus the price of this type of parrot was prohibitive to my budget...but that didn't stop me from dreaming.
Fast forward four years to last week...oh wait!....let's go back a little further than that.
I was setting up my aquarium, (one can never have too many pets can they? ...LOL) since I was in need of some fishy supplies I went to my local pet store.
Lo and behold they had a beautiful Caique parrot named Spike. I had never seen one in real life before but I knew practically everything about him.
Of course I fell in love with him instantly but there was no way I could ever afford him. Even so, I started to visit him every time I drove by the store. He was always funny and I could tell he liked me...well...all birds like me...LOL... I AM the quintessential bird person after all.
Anyways, I had family in town and they kept me even busier than I already had been. It was evening and everyone was winding down...except for me.... I needed to swing by the Home Depot yet again for more renovation supplies.
So out I go for some much needed personal space. And wouldn't you know it?...the Home Depot just happens to be right by the Pet Store! Sooooo of course I HAD to make a pit stop to visit my new friend, ....ahem,... totally unplanned of course.
It was 20 minutes before closing time. I went right in to see Spike and on my way I spotted two store employees playing with another Caique. Of course I gasped, went right over and blurted out "another one?!?!?."
I preceded to share how much I loved Caiques and how long I have wanted one. The couple (I soon learned these store employees are married to one another) let me play with the bird...it was so cute and cuddly and of course it took to me right away! LOL! But I was soon disappointed to learn that this parrot was their very own Caique and they had just brought her in to play with her best friend Spike.
So the conversation turned back to Spike and I told them how many times I had come in to see him. They said, "Well you know he is leaving the store tomorrow right?" I said, "Oh No! Where is he going?" They told me since he hadn't sold for so long they were shipping him to a different store.
They also said, he was on sale for 1/2 price! WHAT?!?!?!!?
My eyes got big and I said, "but I didn't see a sale sign". They said that was because they were very picky about who he would end up with since his price was low.
They could tell how excited I was getting and they proceeded to talk me into buying him. Of course this was a HUGE decision, I mean, I have a husband that needed to be part of the decision making process, I also have a cat...and a bird DOG no less. Furthermore, these parrots can live up to 40 years...so with all these factors, this was NOT a decision to be made lightly.
I told them I would go home, talk to the hubby, and give them a call the next day.
I did just that. Hubby and I talked about it all that night, and even though DH had his doubts he gave his blessing.
I woke up the next day resigned to the thought that I could not take him...I just didn't need the extra burden.
I dropped by the store anyway to tell them my decision in person. Of course they were disappointed but they encouraged me to handle him for awhile anyway. Up to this point I had only talked to Spike through plexi-glass. They took him out, and I spent some one on one time with him, and that's all it took, I was hopelessly enamoured with him! I would not let him go to some random person who clearly could not love him as much as I could. He was scheduled to leave the store that afternoon. I asked the manager if he would PLEASE keep Spike one more day so that my husband could come by and handle him. They were happy to oblige. I brought my husband in that evening and he handled Spike. They walked around the store together, whistling all the while. DH came back to me and said, "He is coming home with us!" Spike had captured my hubby's heart too! YAY!!!
So that's it! I went home and set up his cage and toys (all of which I already owned) and we brought him home the next day....which just so happened to be his......WAIT FOR IT.....one year birthday!
Since we already have a Spike in the family we decided to name him Mojo...because he is a magical little dude.
We have had him just one week now, but it feels like he has always been with us. He fits in soooo nicely and is no extra trouble at all. He gets along with both the cat and the dog..and he is just the most curious loving little guy ever!
He has already learned two words this week, "Step up" and "Uh Oh!", He does the wolf whistle every time you walk in and he wants to eat anything he sees you eating.
Oh...what a spot of sunshine! Now you can see why I think he is a blessing from God! Only God knew how much and how long I desired a bird like this and He made the way for Mojo to come into our lives so unexpectedly!
I feel a Mojo colored Hand Dyed Thread on the horizon...... LOL!
Sorry this isn't tatting related...but everything I am doing with tatting right now is TOP SECRET!!!