This week’s pet of the week is Tweetie, a 15-year-old Cockatiel who misses his first owner and his favorite human very much. Still, he’s adjusted to his new home and lives by his own rules.

Here’s what Tweetie’s new owner has to say about the old but loving, singing bird:

This is Tweetie. He came to me after his owner passed away. He is a cranky old bird who is known to drop all of his food on the bottom of his cage to let me know that he would prefer birdseed.

Cockatiels are generally very social birds that can be hand tamed and clicker trained. But Tweetie will have none of this. He likes his humans to visit him and tell him he is a pretty bird, but he would prefer not to be touched, and he will not under any circumstances echo a whistle. Tweetie has a number of interesting bird calls, but he will only sing on his terms.

Tweetie has become a wonderful addition to our family. If you are looking for a pet that is less maintenance than a dog but still loving, funny and affectionate, consider a bird!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.


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