Thank you Nancy, I truly appreciate your help
I have been reading and lurking on this site for the past 12 years! I do use the search feature a lot, it really helps to read "real life" stories and learn what works and what doesn't! I'm counting down the days here (1 days 20 hours 58 minutes) until I leave to pick her up!!
I am just SO thankful for this forum... I learn something new each day! Currently looking through all the info on good ideas for toys and projects and foraging ideas to help enrich her life. Of course I expect nothing from her, I just want to try to get myself started on the right foot. I am learning SO much about how to touch our companion birds, how to keep from letting them bond to me, and I have been writing down all the questions I have (already I have a ton but I suspect those might change/morph once she comes home)!
Once she comes home I will make a formal intro post and I am SURE I will have tons of questions!! I just can't thank you folks enough for taking your own time and money to make this site possible.
I'm currently a ball of emotions, I'm nervous, excited, and I think I might be 100% out of my mind- and I am SCARED! I just want to do right by this girl, is my dedication enough????
I try to tell myself that I'm ready to roll with the punches, that I have been planning and researching, but I am scared that I won't be enough for her.... I am not doing this because I want a pet Cockatoo. I am doing this because I think I am one of the few people who can give this girl what she needs, but I still doubt myself. I am doing this because right now there are thousands of cockatoos who don't have a stable home, and who need help. I know that going forward I would like to help stop the pet trade and educate would be cockatoo owners about the plight of these poor creatures and how we are only making the problem worse when people buy baby cockatoos, support stores and shops who sell birds etc etc...