Yesterday I met Ava for the first time! Let's just say...I'm in LOVE!! When we arrived, I was very nervous. I had only texted the people before, and hadn't even talked to them on the phone. They seemed very kind through text, but you never know! My cousin drove with me; it was a two hour drive there. I was afraid I'd be disappointed when I got there, or something would go wrong with the bird, or I would for some reason have to say no to Ava.
But when we got there, the owners were VERY kind and welcoming. Their home was lovely, and you could tell they really care about Ava (or Sassy, as they call her.) I held her right away, and she stepped up right away for me with no problem. She was absolutely beautiful, and as we talked to the owners, was mumbling and trying to talk to us the whole time.
By the time we were about done visiting, Ava was very sleepy. It was her bedtime, and she was comfortably perched on my hand, puffed up and hardly able to keep her eyes open. I stroked her and gave her scritches. The owner showed me how she will snuggle up on your chest and loves it.
I am in love. She's my baby, and she seems to be the perfect bird to spend the rest of my life with. I can now see how people so often fall for cockatoos. I have done a LOT of thinking and consideration and discussion about her and now I am certain that she is the right bird for me. I am prepared for this kind of commitment.
I just can't express how pleased I was with the visit, and I can't wait to eventually bring her home. (Should be within the next few months.)
I took plenty of pictures as well. Check them out!
She is beautiful and sounds like a sweet girl. I hope everything works out for you and her... I'll be honest with you and I hope you don't take it the wrong way but I am always nervous about young people taking on a cockatoo because they get extremely attached to their human and young people often can't provide the kind of stability they need to be happy (boyfriend who doesn't like birds or bird which doesn't like sharing you with boyfriend, marriage, baby, college, new job, moving in with roomates who do not want a screaming bird or into an apartment, etc) but I do wish you and her the best from the bottom of my heart.