Thursday, June 18, 2009

Camping with a parrot

Camping was introduced to Rosie at age four months. Rosie has a camping cage and a mini hanging sleeping perch. During the day she climbs in and out of the cage that has a perch on top. I also made a perch ring made out of a coat hanger filled with cloth tied in knots. Rosie loves sitting in the ring during the day picking at the cloth. At night the ring is replaced with the hanging perch.
Traveling, Rosie loves to sit on M’s shoulder talking away. On long rides I feed her snacks and she drinks water from a bottled water cap. It is a long time routine Rosie seems very comfortable with. Most of the time Rosie sharing M’s space with the two dogs that must look out the window smearing nose prints so thick it is hard to see. I have a lap and window as well however all pets seem to prefer M’s side. I assure you the window is closed and Rosie is safe in the cab of the truck.
If we need to make a short stop Rosie stays in the locked truck happily sitting on the head rest and the dogs go in the camper.
On this particular trip Rosie encountered a potential threat. We had stopped for breakfast in Anchor Point, Alaska and picked a table by the window so we could see Rosie in the truck. I peaked out and noticed Rosie was not on the head rest as usual? I went out to investigate and could hear Rosie screaming on the floor of the truck. As I looked to my right there was a bald eagle sitting in a tree right in front of the truck, front window height about twenty yards away. Although Rosie was perfectly safe she surly seemed to know the eagle was a threat. I wonder what the eagle was thinking?


  1. Awww what a fun camping trip for Rosie!!!

  2. Poor Rosie!! Those instincts are really strong, and there are a LOT of baldies in Alaska Hope she recovered from her scare quickly. hugs & scritches ;>

  3. How cute is Rosie! What a scare for her - sure glad the eagle didn't fly at the window. Whew - poor Rosie.

    Can't wait 'till your book is released!!!!!!!!!

    Scritches to Rosie,

  4. What an unusual lifestyle..... she obviously loves it (and you!) xx Al

  5. Hey! I wanna go camping! It looks so fun. (except for the bald eagle ~ that's SCARY!) I wish mom would let me ride on her shoulder in the car, but she says I'd be too distracting.

  6. my grey would go with be to the dog show in the car . It took her a little bit of time to trust the wipers when I would put them on when it was raining. She would duck in her cage.

  7. Virginia Hayes (UK)June 22, 2009 at 1:03 AM

    What a lovely story - I love her wreath! She is precious.

  8. How can he drive like that! I would lose it! He's so brave, my uncle :)

  9. I'm concerned about Rosie being by an open window while driving - it's a large risk

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  15. Great ideas. We are going camping with our two shepherds and gray. She is a year old so hopefully it will not be too much of a shock. Travel cage is ready and I am going to make your hanging hanger perch. Thanks for the ideas!