Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Love Connection: Skava

Skava, a Blue and Gold Macaw

I'm running (walking, crawling, crying) Vol State again, 314 miles across Tennessee starting on July 11th, 2013.  Why?  Well, it took me 8.5 days to complete it last year and I think I can do better.  It's a tremendously selfish thing to go so far for so long.  I am trying to make it a little less selfish by doing the run and training to raise money for the parrots at Parrot Outreach Society in Punta Gorda, Florida. There's a Facebook page if you want to check it out!  Parrot Outreach Society Facebook page.

I've been volunteering out Parrot Outreach since December.  In that short time, I've learned to feed birds, handle birds, wrangle birds and how to capture them in the great outdoors when they've escaped or been released from their home.  I've also become a bird owner! 

It's heartbreaking to see all of the wonderful, intelligent birds that need homes.  Parrot Outreach currently has about fifty birds that need one-on-one attention and their own families. In the meantime, they live at the Parrot Outreach Society's storefront at 1105 Taylor Road in Punta Gorda, Florida.  I know I don't know much about birds but I have the opinion that by getting to know and understand a bird BEFORE bringing it into your home can be extremely valuable.  With a baby, you get what you get.  You're stuck.  If you look for a bird (or dog or cat) at a rescue, the caretakers can fill you in on the bird's quirks, strong points and weaknesses so you can match just the right bird with your temperament and that of your family.

Here's a beautiful Blue and Gold macaw that you might just consider adopting.  If bird adoption is not your thing, consider donating to Parrot Outreach Society via Fundrazr to help buy him a new cage.  His name is Skava.

Skava is a young bachelor looking for a new family. In just a few years, he has already had two owners.  His first owner was moving and could not take him with her so she placed him in a home with another family which was not prepared for what comes with owning a large macaw. He is an affectionate bird with a great vocabulary and just wants to be loved! Skava loves to laugh, play peekaboo and say, "Wooo, wooo" in to his food bowl. He gets lots of attention, toys and love at the rescue but it's just not the same as having a permanent home and loving family. Please consider adopting this handsome boy or help us buy him a new, easy to clean cage (approximate cost $400 to $800 depending upon the type of cage).  For more information or to visit with Skava, please call 941-505-2593

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