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So I was wondering how you guys have all accepted this, lol. I love my birds and my interest in birds just keeps growing. I know it is so silly, but I think people will think I am weird, LOL. You know with half my house overrun with animal beds, playgyms, cages, etc.

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So I was wondering how you guys have all accepted this, lol. I love my birds and my interest in birds just keeps growing. I know it is so silly, but I think people will think I am weird, LOL. You know with half my house overrun with animal beds, playgyms, cages, etc.
I quite frankly, could care less what people think...lol I love my birds and hubby indulges me... No one else's opinion really matters to me.
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I quite frankly, could care less what people think...lol I love my birds and hubby indulges me... No one else's opinion really matters to me.
Did you always feel that way or was there a time when you first started out before the third or fourth where you started to second guess?

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I'm a little less open with it, I don't really tell people I have birds. When they find out, I usually get really surprised reactions. It doesn't bother me so much anymore, I love it and wouldn't change a thing, but its harder for other people my age to wrap their minds around.



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Did you always feel that way or was there a time when you first started out before the third or fourth where you started to second guess?
I guess I have always been that way... I was raised in a family with multiple pets, fish, birds, cats and dogs when quite young. Birds, chickens, ponies, rodents, cats, dogs, pigs, fish, frogs and turtles (prob more...lol) as a teen and it has just gone from there... It has always been a normal thing to me to have lots of animals.
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I've loved birds for about ten years and living without them is just not an option. They are my passion, and I don't feel ashamed of letting people know that I'm basically the crazy bird lady.




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My friends don't think it's that weird, but my co-worker do especially when they heard about the cake for Miss Chanel. I'm trying to figure out what kind of cake for Miss Kauai's B-day in a couple of weeks--something blue.

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Never gave it much thought, too busy living my life to waste time on what other people think of me. Besides, if they really want me to know what they think, I'm pretty sure that they will make certain that I know.
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People say my husband and I are "the crazy bird people". We could care less what they think, we are happy.
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I am definitely the crazy bird lady at work. I just don't care. I talk about them hoping to meet another bird person. Once in a while I'll be surprised with someone who may not be a bird brain but will have a family member who is, so they smile just a little more for my stories. But, I'm also crazy about my dogs, and they think I'm crazy for that too.
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I have 7 dogs, 8 cats (had 7, put an 18 year old male down a few months ago -liver cancer-, a week ago brought in 3 sick feral kittens, 1 died but the other 2 seem to be doing good -vet says we can't do bloodwork yet, too young -maybe 2.5 weeks by now), 5 finches, 15 canaries, 2 cardinals, 1 button quail (looking for a mate for him) and 27 parrots -with the exception of 4 of the Timbrado canaries, all rescues or rehomes- and you think people will think you are weird? -LOL- My entire family, all my friends and neighbors think I am crazy but they always add that I am a 'good kind of crazy'. It doesn't bother me at all because I know that I am definitely outside what people consider the normalcy range - but then, I think 'normal' is vastly overrated. I don't make excuses or give explanations for my lifestyle. I raised my children to honest, hard-working adults, I love and am loved by them, my husband and my grandchildren and couldn't care less about other people's opinions because none of them pays my bills or does any of my chores. I found what makes me happy and live it every day of my life. Few people can say that about themselves with any degree of conviction so, as far as I am concerned, I am luckier than most. And, if statistics are right, I will outlive them precisely because of all the animals I live with!
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I don't mind what people think of me because of my birds. I get kind of the same reaction because of my love of the Lord. I'm the "crazy Christian bird lady". It's okay. If you really, really love something, the joy it brings you outweighs what people think of you or say about you. As long as I'm happy, my husband is happy, my birds are happy, then what others think really doesn't matter.


And God said, "...let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." And God saw that it was good.
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I married someone like me, an animal lover. We have had many cats over the years and still have a small herd. We've had 4 large fish tanks up and running for over a decade. I have friends with birds, then I became hooked, and quickly a passion. I have 4 linnies because my hubby wants me to be happy. He will come in the room to visit my linnies and talk to them. It's funny people call us selfish because we didn't want children, but we do they just aren't human

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I married someone like me, an animal lover. We have had many cats over the years and still have a small herd. We've had 4 large fish tanks up and running for over a decade. I have friends with birds, then I became hooked, and quickly a passion. I have 4 linnies because my hubby wants me to be happy. He will come in the room to visit my linnies and talk to them. It's funny people call us selfish because we didn't want children, but we do they just aren't human
Why on earth would not having babies be deemed selfish? Why should some one who does not want a child be forced to raise one, God knows it is hard enough for someone who wanted one too!! I think it is more selfish to keep having more children than one can afford or cope with. Each person knows what they want and can handle.. pets or children.
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Why on earth would not having babies be deemed selfish? Why should some one who does not want a child be forced to raise one, God knows it is hard enough for someone who wanted one too!! I think it is more selfish to keep having more children than one can afford or cope with. Each person knows what they want and can handle.. pets or children.
Yeah I get this too. I have heard it from my own grandmother even. I personally know that isn't the reason at all. I just don't think I'd be able to be the mom I'd want to be with my child in daycare 5-6 days a week and being able to see them for an hour a day most days. If it were family members watching them, it wouldn't cause me so much stress because they need their family as much as they need me. But almost all of my family is dead and those that aren't live in another state. There are other reasons, but this is a main reason.

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I have 7 dogs, 8 cats (had 7, put an 18 year old male down a few months ago -liver cancer-, a week ago brought in 3 sick feral kittens, 1 died but the other 2 seem to be doing good -vet says we can't do bloodwork yet, too young -maybe 2.5 weeks by now), 5 finches, 15 canaries, 2 cardinals, 1 button quail (looking for a mate for him) and 27 parrots -with the exception of 4 of the Timbrado canaries, all rescues or rehomes- and you think people will think you are weird? -LOL- My entire family, all my friends and neighbors think I am crazy but they always add that I am a 'good kind of crazy'. It doesn't bother me at all because I know that I am definitely outside what people consider the normalcy range - but then, I think 'normal' is vastly overrated. I don't make excuses or give explanations for my lifestyle. I raised my children to honest, hard-working adults, I love and am loved by them, my husband and my grandchildren and couldn't care less about other people's opinions because none of them pays my bills or does any of my chores. I found what makes me happy and live it every day of my life. Few people can say that about themselves with any degree of conviction so, as far as I am concerned, I am luckier than most. And, if statistics are right, I will outlive them precisely because of all the animals I live with!
You actually live my dream life. I think I grew up on a farm in another life. I am hoping that those statistics ring true for me as well. A person on another forum said that in her culture (she is Egyptian I think), they believe that well loved pets pray for your good health. I am really counting on that as well...I have some things going on right now so I need their prayers.

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You actually live my dream life. I think I grew up on a farm in another life. I am hoping that those statistics ring true for me as well. A person on another forum said that in her culture (she is Egyptian I think), they believe that well loved pets pray for your good health. I am really counting on that as well...I have some things going on right now so I need their prayers.
Well, I don't pray (I'm an atheist) but I will keep you in my thoughts, my dear. Don't lose hope and keep a positive attitude and everything will be OK. But it is true that been happy with your life makes a HUGE difference in whether you overcome health issues or not (this holds true for birds, as well). I was not unhappy before because I had a lot going for me (children grown and pretty much situated, husband who adores me, a great job making very good money, multiple pets (but nowhere near what I have now), nice house, lots of vacations and traveling abroad, etc) but, when I got cancer back in 2000, it made me realize that all the 'perks' I had were preventing me from satisfying a deeper need in me, the one to help more animals. I was lucky enough that I could turn my life around and do what I wanted to do. I had some bumps in the road, though, because, as with everything else, there is a learning curve: I can't do full time rescue or work in a zoo because it's too stressful for me (the heartbreak gets to you big time). But I learned and I adjusted and I tweaked until I found the right combination. It still means a lot of work and I know I won't be able to keep it up forever but, if and when I can't, I will adjust again and everything will be OK.
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Well, I don't pray (I'm an atheist) but I will keep you in my thoughts, my dear. Don't lose hope and keep a positive attitude and everything will be OK. But it is true that been happy with your life makes a HUGE difference in whether you overcome health issues or not (this holds true for birds, as well). I was not unhappy before because I had a lot going for me (children grown and pretty much situated, husband who adores me, a great job making very good money, multiple pets (but nowhere near what I have now), nice house, lots of vacations and traveling abroad, etc) but, when I got cancer back in 2000, it made me realize that all the 'perks' I had were preventing me from satisfying a deeper need in me, the one to help more animals. I was lucky enough that I could turn my life around and do what I wanted to do. I had some bumps in the road, though, because, as with everything else, there is a learning curve: I can't do full time rescue or work in a zoo because it's too stressful for me (the heartbreak gets to you big time). But I learned and I adjusted and I tweaked until I found the right combination. It still means a lot of work and I know I won't be able to keep it up forever but, if and when I can't, I will adjust again and everything will be OK.
Thank you so much! I am very grateful that the things going on with me aren't life threatening but have had an affect on things none the less. I am an agnostic, so thoughts or prayers, either way, I'll take it I just liked the idea that my pets are praying for my good health--in a way it reminds me of karma and also if anyone's prayers would be answered it would be those of these little innocent creatures who are so much more in touch with nature than we are. <3

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I don't get it about Birds right now because I have none (sad) but I get it all the time with my Reptiles! I have 10 Geckos right now and a Bearded Dragon. When people ask me if we have Pets I usually say "Yeah, 2 Cats and Reptiles"... and I don't ever say how many unless they ask.
When I do say how many people are usually really surprised but then get super interested, especially since all of them are in one room and when they find that out they are really surprised because when you walk in the room it doesn't look like much, ha. They don't realize how low maintenance they are.

But in terms of me "dealing with" people I don't really care. I love my animals and even though people have called me crazy before for having so many I don't give it a second thought. I know I take really good care of my animals, and love them, and that's all that matters.

The only person that matters in terms of liking them is Mike and he doesn't care if I get another Reptile any more as long as my enclosures don't start spreading across the house.



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