1] Your Name?
Lulu Melopsittacus undulatus (that is “Parakeet” in American English)
2] What do you call your 2-leggeds?
Mom and Dad
3] What species of animal are you?
I’m a two-winged (Humans call us birds).
4] What colour/s are you [if applicable]
5] How old Are You?
6] Do you live inside or outside and more importantly – do you run your household
or share in the decisions?
I live inside in my own little nest and rule the roost!
7] Have you always lived with your 2 – leggeds [as in from young]
I lived in a big nest with a lot of other Parakeets until Mom adopted me, but have lived here with her and Dad ever since.
8] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
Oh, yes! If I don’t get enough attention, I yell until they come to see what I’m yelling about. Then I stop and just innocently look at them so they will wonder what was wrong. They don’t have a clue I’m just messing with their heads.
9] Do you have a bed or a favourite sleeping place?
I like to sleep on my highest roosting place. I stand on one leg, with my head under my wing to sleep. I like it best when Mom covers my nest with a big cloth so no one can see in and I can’t see them moving around outside my house. Sometimes if she forgets I like to go to bed early, I have to yell at her to cover my house, though.
10] Are you always with your 2-leggeds or do you sometimes need ‘Time out?’
I’m always in my nesting place and have my own independent work routine. I am an official Greeter for the travellers that are on their way North or South, when they stop at our restaurant outside my window. I’m also a news reporter for the locals that stop by for a snack during the day. I keep them informed as to what’s going on in the world outside our neighbourhood.
When I first came to this house, Mom tried to coax me out of my nest to join the family, but I would have none of that. I’m a bird, not a people and bound and determined to stay so! Mom said another bird that lived with her only slept in his house. That he spent the rest of his time interacting with the two-leggeds. He even ate off their plates and groomed their eyebrows and hair. I can’t imagine how he could stoop so low as to become a two-leggeds hairdresser, can you, Scrappy?
11] Do your 2 leggeds make you ‘dress up?’ If so, when or what for and do you enjoy it?
No, I would not stoop so low! I wouldn’t let them catch me to even try!
12] Are you photogenic or make them run after you to capture you on film?
No, I do not like the Paparazzi! They have to be quick to get a picture of me!
13] Do you have a friendly vet?
No, I never go away from the nesting place.
14] Do you have any favourite toys?
Lulu playing the harp
Not really, but I like to pluck the bars on the walls of my nest sometimes. Mom calls it playing the harp, but big brother knows I am trying to teach them Morse code. (None of them speak birdese.) I got so excited when he came to visit one day and he responded to me by plucking the bars the same way. I flew all around and came over to him to let him know it made me happy. Mom said she never saw me so excited!
How’d you like that then?
15] What would be a really great day for you?
It would be really great if Mom found me another roommate! She said we had to wait until after the cold time is over, so he wouldn’t get chilled traveling to our nest. It just sounds to me like another excuse!
16] If you could say anything to your 2 leggeds what would it be?
“Play me some music!” I’d rather sing along with music than the tea kettle! That’s the only whistling I ever get to hear!
17] Where abouts in the world do you live?
I live in Atlanta, GA, USA – right in the heart of Dixie. But that doesn’t mean I just sit around all day whistling Dixie, you know. (Mom says in the South that means twiddling your thumbs.) I’m a busy girl what with the news business and all!
18] How often and for how long do you engage in playtime or exercise?
Anytime I want. I like to exercise my wings periodically and dance around my nest. A girl must keep her strength up, for you never know when one might have an emergency and need to fly the coop!
19] Do you do lots of adventuring when out and about?
I like my nest and will not venture out, even if Mom leaves the door open. She has tried many ways to tempt me, but I ignore her. I have a very strong will!
20] Do your 2 leggeds allow you to interact with other animals?
Lulu interviewing the ground crew
We don’t have any other animals right now and I don’t go out. But I do interview Mr and Mrs Squirrel and their family as well as Mr and Mrs Chipmunk and their family when they come to clean out our restaurant. They are the ground crew and sometimes have some dirt to share! A girl needs to spice up her news with a little gossip now and then, you know?
21] If applicable, do you enjoy it?
Oh, yes! I do like to keep abreast of the news!
22] Are you ever awarded free reign, as in unsupervised playtime?
I don’t have any limitations pressed upon me, except those I choose for myself.
23] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
Yes, before my last nest mate, Violet, went to Heaven, Mom used to tell my big brothers and sisters that I was too independent, bossy and grouchy, but Violet was so sweet and playful. I was very embarrassed to be the brunt of such a comparison, to chirp the least!
24] Do your 2-leggeds expect you to entertain them at all and/or do they entertain you?
They used to have high expectations at the beginning, but I soon taught them such behavior was beneath me. I have been able to maintain my independence and dignity ever since.
25] Do you have favourite toys and if so, what are they?
No, Violet was the playgirl, not me!
26] Are you a much loved member of the family?
Oh, yes and highly respected! Mom loves all animals, but says birds have a special place in her heart. We have wings like Angels, you know!
27] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
No, thank goodness! I get to stay in my nest when they go gallivanting around.
28] Are you given treats? What are your favourites?
My favorite food is Millet sprays!
29] Are you fed a nutritional and well-rounded balanced diet? Tell us about it.
Mom gives me Premium Parakeet Seed in my food dish and hangs Millet around my cage for snacking. I also have a Cuddle Bone for the minerals and to keep my beak sharpened. She tried giving me fruit, but I didn’t want it. (It looked too scary!) She tried giving me gravel, too, but I will not stoop so low as to eat dirt, no matter how much she insists it is good for my craw!
30] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food or is it something you have no interest for?
I have no interest in any food other than birdseed!
Finally, in your own words tell us something about both you and your in 2 leggeds that the questions haven’t touched on or asked about – something unique …
Last Spring an unusual visitor flew in from down South. I called Mom and asked her who he was. She said Baltimore Oriole. He was so handsome, I wanted him to stay so we could get acquainted, but he left as soon as he got his craw full. I keep watching and hoping Baltimore will be back any day now. Mom said not to get my hopes up, ‘cause she had never seen Baltimore Oriole in our neck of the woods before. I guess I had better practice looking sad in my mirror, instead of keeping a lookout for Baltimore. Maybe if she thinks I’m sad and lonely she will quit stalling and find me a roommate – this time a male, please!
Lulu on her lookout post
My special thanks to Lulu and of course her Mom Betty for taking the time out to answer the Petz Interview questions. I must say Lulu, that you are a girl of standards and l paw salute you! we girls have to put up with so much! But we are dignified and we don’t stoop to such things ‘unless’ we decide to do so, and not because someone else thinks we should! I have started talking to the local wildlife here also.
I have a good relationship with the smaller birds, but not the wood pigeons who seemingly spend all day foraging around the smaller birds feeders and l have to chase them off! I have a visiting fox, an occasional badger, an irregular hedgehog and a trusted frog and a toad – admittedly l can’t tell the different, but Mummy doesn’t like them, but Dad, mm, well l think at times he is losing the plot! When he is not talking to himself, he is talking to everything in the garden!
I thoroughly enjoyed your interview and the reading of it Lulu and l thank you again and your terrific Mom Betty and just in case no one apart from you and l and dad know who your Mom is, well it is Betty of Guidelines Web So it would be great if you could all pop over and say hi to her.
If you are interested in purrticipaing in the Petz Interviews please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and l will email you back with the questionnaire.
Thank you so much!
Scrappy Doodlepip and the Just Bloke Guy Aka Dad!