Movie Review

This month’s movie is Payment on Demand.podIn this movie, Bette Davis stars as Joyce Ramsey, a woman whose social climbing nearly destroys her marriage. After she and her husband separate, Joyce goes on a cruise and visits her older friend Emily Hedges. After seeing the toll Emily’s divorce has taken (she is now an alcoholic living with a gigolo), Joyce decides to make amends with her husband.pod2Cooper didn’t much care about Joyce and her marital woes. She was all about the birds who belonged to Emily Hedges. A budgie (the STAR of the film) appears briefly. Also in the scene are a parrot and in the background is a large flight cage containing small birds. Perhaps finches, canaries or even budgies? It was too far away to tell. Cooper thought if divorce leads to an island home filled with birds, maybe Joyce should have given it a go.

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Cooper’s Book Report

This month’s book is Beaky’s Guide to Caring for Your Birds by Isabel Thomas.book1Cooper thinks this is a great book for anyone considering a bird as a pet. It has information on choosing and cleaning a cage, what to feed (and not feed) your bird, handling your pet, etc. The book is filled with cute illustrations (by Rick Peterson) and photos. Some of the photos are by Cooper’s friend Karon Dubke. book2Cooper was excited to see Karon’s budgies, Bert and Ernie, in the book. She also liked that the book states that animal shelters and rescues are the best places to get new pets. Cooper agrees with the author that budgies need lots of toys – and that you don’t need to wait for your bird’s birthday to buy new ones!

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Clear the Shelters

Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption event, takes place today. Nearly 20,000 pets found a forever home at last year’s drive. oacsBoth Alfie and Ozzie were adopted from the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. Sido was adopted from the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary.sidocsIf you’re thinking of adding a pet to your family, please consider adoption. There are many pets in the shelters and rescues who need loving homes.

You can read more about Clear the Shelters here.

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Budgies on TV

The Brady Bunch1What Goes Up (Season 2, Episode 11).2 After Bobby sprains his ankle by falling off a tree, his parents decide to cheer him up by giving him a parakeet. Because of the fall, Bobby has developed a fear of heights. The family tries to help him over his acrophobia with stilts, a trampoline and even a hiking trip. But nothing works…3Until Tiger (the family dog) chases Peter’s parakeet out the window. Peter overcomes his fear and climbs up on his swing set to get his parakeet out of a tree. Once again, a parakeet saves the day!4Bobby’s bird is never given a name, and this is its only appearance on the series. A shame, as it is clearly the best of the bunch.

Full episode here.

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