Disco Makes People Just Plain Feel Good!

Have you heard about Disco? NO, not that Disco!!! Disco the Parakeet! This is some fun stuff and you can call it pet therapy as it brings joy to so many fans!

Per his YouTube channel:

…hear him talk, beatbox, meow, snore, bark, and, yes, even sing a few Stones songs. Disco was born in 2010, and as of May, 2013, he says about 80 phrases. For those of you doubting the veracity of Disco, he’s real all right – just ask the hosts and staff of the Today Show who met him on May 17th, 2013, at their studio in New York City.

Disco is a Parakeet who lives in New York. He has become wildly famous for his talking. Most parakeets dont even talk half as good as he does. In fact, there came a time when his fans did not believe it was he who was really doing the talking. So he got invited to be on NBC’s Today show to talk in real time. To Disco this was all in a days work.

Watch Disco on his own YouTube channel with fantastic videos, which are translated by his owner.

He is sure to bring a smile to your face or turn a bad day into a better one. Give it a shot, what have you got to lose!

Therapy Birds

I am thankful for having been able to give my son the opportunity to interact and own a bird. The therapy it provides to him, was and is, life changing.

During this time I had the opportunity to discuss therapy birds with Francis Hilario. He show, breeds and trains birds as therapy birds.

These words will, in one or another, give you an idea why having your bird as a therapy bird will make a difference in one’s life.

No one can understand how they feel unless you take them out of their cage and try to interact with them. …. since I see them having potential, I train them as THERAPY BIRDS

T – hey never talk behind our back and will offer us loyalty.
H – elp us understand our feelings and will show us pure emotions of love. They can…
E – ven lessen our feelings of isolation and loneliness.
R – educe our stress and will help us manage our anger by being more patient.
A – ccept us the way we are, don’t care what we look and poor or rich we are.
P – arrots always develop trusting relationships with us.
Y – ou will always have smile in you once you see them showing their traits and not to mention being happy and content.

B – rings out our nurturing instinct and makes us more caring.
I – n times of need, they are there for us for comfort.
R – eady to entertain even the people who don’t like birds.
D – eserve all of our love and understanding.
S – ource of comfort and will always make us feel needed, safe and special.

By Francis D. Hilario of Frandelhi’s Flyers

Can Birds Be Therapy Pets?

The past year has been a difficult one. Seeing your child suffer from extremely low self esteem and major depression is not something that I thought I would ever be facing. Let alone suicidal thoughts and cutting himself. Yes, the year up to this point was difficult, but we persevered. Through counseling, medication and “natural” therapies my son has improved wildly over the past few months. We have become closer as a family and now he knows that he can talk about something if it is bothering him. Yes, the teenage hormones are still kicking in but regardless, his attitude has greatly improved.

I mentioned above counseling, medication and “natural” therapies as being part of the help he has gotten. Counseling is an important part of any type of psychological issues and played a huge part for us. Medication is a part of his therapy. I know there are naysayers out there about medication, but for “us” it was the correct decision. I will leave the medication discussion to other blogs and experts.

This “natural” therapy I mention is what I really want to talk about. During this difficult time, my husband and I started to think about getting a pet. Of course the first pet that came to mind was a dog, mans best friend… We started looking into getting a dog that could provide comfort and know when my son needed some extra caring, a therapy dog, if you will. We spoke about it on and off for about a month or so until my son came to us with an idea. Here’s what he told us.

I was down the street this afternoon at the neighbors house. He has a bird. Its a Cockatiel. It was so cool. I got to hold it and it did not run away from me. They let it stay out of the cage for a while. I really like handling it. So I was thinking…. (here it comes). Maybe I can get a bird. It will be really good for me, teach me responsibility because it will be my pet and I will take care of it. Also I can talk to it, especially about things that I can’t talk to you about…I mean I will still talk to you about things, but some things I can talk to the bird about.

So we thought about it and decided to let him get a bird. And it all fell together quite nicely. He started doing research, and a lot of it. He decided on a parakeet. Simple. Easy. Talking to the lady at Pet Supermarket, she got us set up with a starter cage and everything we needed. And she also took great interest in my son’s questions. On the side I told her the plan, and she said she had some experience with that because of a family member. We talked a lot to her and and go to visit her every now and then.

13044662_sMy son seemed to be very happy. He was handling the bird and trying to get it used to him. Well, long story short, we now have 3 birds. A Cockatiel and 2 Parakeets. My son is more than thrilled with his role with the birds. And he has set new goals for himself. He wants to work with birds. So we shall see going forward, what role this all will play later on in his life. For now, he is happy, feels wanted and needed.

I have been doing research on pet therapy and never really realized that there are roles for all kinds of therapy pets. I ran across this article Therapeutic Birds.

As addressed in the article written by Connie Cronley of Tulsa People Magazine:

Horton tells of non-responsive patients in wheelchairs who suddenly begin speaking again while petting a Cockatiel as their relatives weep at the transformation. She describes how a group of young but violent criminals — murderers, arsonists and rapists — clamored to touch a cockatoo named Bela.

“For a few minutes,” Horton says, “these hardened criminals became children again.”

Birds can make great therapy pets. I have seen it work with my own eyes!

What do you think about birds providing therapy? Let me know down below…