Archive for February, 2009


Frostie the Dancing Cockatoo

February 19, 2009

A little while back a sulphur-crested cockatoo was a viral sensation when a video of him dancing to the Backstreet Boys began to circulate on the Internet (his YouTube vid has almost 2 million views!).

Well, someone pointed out a new video of a bare-eyed cockatoo shaking his tail feathers, and let me tell you Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo has got nothing on Frostie.

Check out Frostie’s moves:

(If you can’t see the video, click here)


Don’t Shoot the Dog: Book Review

February 11, 2009

I’ve probably mentioned that I recently read Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor, a book that popularized clicker training among pet owners in the United States, and which spawned a whole industry — including clicker training books like Clicker Training for Birds by Melinda Johnson, which talks specifically about how to train parrots.

Since I just reviewed that clicker training book on this site, I decided to post my book review of Don’t Shoot the Dog to, where I thought the topic could appeal to a broader (read: non-bird) audience.

But if you already own Clicker Training for Birds and want to get a broader understanding of the clicker training philosophy or just want to know what inspired Melinda Johnson’s how-to guide for birds, please check out my latest post on PetKnows: Don’t Shoot the Dog – Book Review.

(Or, if you trust my judgment implicitly and don’t want to bother reading the review first 🙂 just go straight to to pick up your own copy of Karen Pryor’s book.)


African Grey Sings National Anthem at Puppy Bowl

February 3, 2009

Pepper the African Grey is a representative for Phoenix Landing, my favorite parrot adoption agency – and this weekend she rose to stardom singing for a national audience. This precocious parrot sang The Star Spangled Banner to open Puppy Bowl V.

Check out Pepper showing off her pipes at the Puppy Bowl:

And then join the Phoenix Landing Facebook page to show your support for Pepper and her Phoenix Landing friends.