In China, people not only walk the dogs, but also walk the birds.
It is kind of a tradition where many old retried men will take the bird cages for a walk in the morning and gather around somewhere, in order to let their birds get some fresh air, as well as to meet other birds, so they can sing at each other to socialize. While the birds are socializing, the birds' owners are also socializing. It is also good for the owners who not only get to take a walk to get some exercise and fresh air but also get to socialize with other bird keepers.
It is a scene where lots of old folks and birds cages are gathered at one place, usually in a park, or somewhere relatively quiet and with trees, or sometimes in a tea house.
Oh, and here is a bird who can say "hello" in Chinese lol.
(03-21-2012, 10:52 PM)bw Wrote: Those photo's are quite nice. Yes, Ram8349, pets are not for lazy people. All of them require work and attention. Some more than others. I saw someone walking their pet raccoon on a leash once.
PET RACCOON?!?!?! Seriously?! Oh my gosh, I want a pet raccoon so badly! I've been "raising" several generations of raccoons since the great great grandparents first came to our door one cold and snowy winter night a few years back. I keep telling the hubby I want to take in one of the babies each year when there's a new family that comes. He always says NO! I really wanted to take in one of the crippled coons that was born two years ago. He's so sweet and we touch hand to paw through the doorwall when he comes at night. He always looks in and gets my attention before he starts eating. Now he has lost one of his ears besides being crippled. He's a scrapper! I love him though!
Anyway, I loved the photos and story of how the pet birds in China get to go out for walks and socialization! That's awesome! We bought our Eclectus a leash so we could take him out with us, but we have yet to follow through on training him to get used to it. We'd love to take him to a park with us. He's such a good bird! One of these days...
Be careful with raccoons! I volunteer at a wildlife rehab, and the state DNR won't allow us to take raccoons because of the risk of rabies (some rehabbers can take them, but it requires special licensing and permits).
As to the topic - I so wish we had something like that around here! I know my bird would enjoy getting some sun more often. As it is, I take him outside in his carrier when the weather's nice so he can socialize with the neighborhood kids (they love him), but a "bird park" would be even better.
I know, I know, I shouldn't feed all these raccoons, but I'm just so hooked on them! Sorry!
I looked at the backpacks, but you're right - very pricey! $195 for the Eclectus size! OUCH! I think we should really get serious and train him on the harness and leash we already bought him a few years back!
My Quaker has been outside before, but HATES it!!! I'd never put her/him through the stress of going out again (unless to vet or something). I was surprised how badly she took to it! She doesn't like any change in her environment, not even going to a different room in the house. The Eclectus loves getting out though. His cage is always open, except at night when we're sleeping. It's funny sometimes when I hear his nails clattering on the floor. He doesn't come out on his own very often, but when he does, he usually likes to go up the stairs and then to either the table with the steel legs that he can see himself in, or to the mirrored closet where he regurgitates to his heart's content for that "other" bird he sees there! I know he'd enjoy going outside with us. He loves looking out the window and watching the other birds.