Parrots Imitate Dogs – Steal Their Jobs
September 19 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet
Many a working dog just can’t find a job these days. Fortunately for me, I’m retired, but of the four other dogs in our house, only one has a job.
Copper is over sixty, so I can see where she’s not employable. She gets a pass. Put her in the category of “stopped looking for a job” and take her out of the official statistics like the government does.
Kensy is educated out the wazoo. He holds a Good Canine Citizen Degree, as well as advanced coursework in Humiliating Tricks Humans Force Dogs To Perform. In addition to that, he holds a degree in Pet Therapy.
With all that education, he’s still living at home, jobless. Granted he does work, but he does it for free at the local retirement home.
Patience is a product of her environment. Having been in a backyard breeder program of the first five years of her life, she’s used to pumping out pups, not being a productive member of society. With that background, she’s focused on pet therapy too. But her version is the one where she’s laying on the couch, barking about her past.
Finally, we have Goliath. He has a job. He carries water in has back pack on our daily walks with the old man. He’s proud to be contributing member of the family, and struts about accordingly. Unfortunately, everything he makes is spent on repairing the holes he puts in the drywall at the bottom of the staircase.
No doubt things will turn around soon, but only if we stick together. The first step is to stop scabs from taking our jobs, like the two parrots in our story today.
A pair of parrots are putting the fear of dog into would-be thieves after learning to imitate barking.
Green-winged macaws Elvis and Cilla have been on duty at a security company for the past year.
Owner Trevor Bate, 44, said: ‘They picked it up when we lived in Spain, where our neighbour had a Scottie dog called Bailey and it would bark all the time.
‘His owner would come out and shout at him. Once we returned to the UK, we thought this would be an ideal way of saving money on a guard dog.’
But Elvis, six, and three-year-old Cilla aren’t always angry birds – they can be quite affectionate, squawking ‘give us a kiss’, ‘hello’ and ‘fabulous’ whenever they get a treat.
‘Elvis and Cilla might sound mean at times but they are really friendly birds,’ said Mr Bate’s wife, Louise, 42. ‘They’re part of the family, so I thought it was fair to include them in the family business.’
The birds stand watch outside MP Guarding security company, in Telford, Shropshire, and Mrs Bate hopes they will breed – despite Elvis’s lack of interest at the moment.
‘They usually start breeding aged about four, so Cilla has plenty of time yet. We are keeping our fingers crossed,’ she added.