There was definitely something special about the first time I saw Merlin. I knew almost immediately that Merlin was the one I wanted to adopt.
Merlin was beautiful and his eyes had this wild look in them. They told me Merlin was wild caught, so I didn't know what to expect.
I have learned so much from Merlin already, and everyday Merlin opens up more.
When I first got Merlin home, Merlin wasn't extremely comfortable. I adjusted all I could to make my home as comfortable for Merlin as I could.
Merlin was typically a bird who liked to sit on his cage, but now climbs down to my bed and hangs out there. There have been many ups and downs that I wouldn't trade for the world, and I am excited to see just how much deeper our bond becomes, knowing the whole while that I'm truly the lucky one to have Merlin.
I found out about Parrot Hope from an employee at I think PetSmart. I mentioned wanting a green cheek conure and she said not to buy one from a pet store, and suggested instead to adopt. She said they're way too expensive at a pet store and with adopting, you get the cage, toys and everything else that you'll need when you first adopt them. That's when she mentioned Parrot Hope Rescue!
When I called them I spoke with one of the volunteers about the adoption process. She told me about Grasshopper and what it would take to adopt him. I didn't have enough money to adopt him right away so I started saving up to get him. She thought he would be a great fit for me, so she was willing to foster him for me until I had enough to adopt him. A few months later, for my Christmas gift, my parents gave me the rest of the money I was short, so I could bring Grasshopper home!
It was a little challenging when I first adopted Grasshopper, since I have never had a bird before. I had to get used to having him around and taking care of him. Luckily I have had other pets and I did research before adopting him so I had some knowledge before I got him. I got to know him and his personality throughout the first month or two of having him. What helped a lot was his great personality, he is so happy and sweet and will want to play with you for hours! He's so great and I never regret adopting this little guy!