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  1. so sorry for your loss Rudolph such a hard loss having him/her so long hugs. In regards to the article i couldnt think of anything worse, i guess it helps in certain situitions just my view anyways.

  2. Thanks for the condolences on behalf of “Mittoo”. He was lucky to have led a good life compared to the average caged parrot as also a long life.I console myself with the words “Its better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”.Life goes on and “Mittoo” did enrich my personal human life and living by his humorous parakeet antics and mimicry, something i will miss.He was also once a mascot on “B.B.C Radio” in 2004 where i spoke over radio telephone in Mumbai on the topic “Should Circus and Film animals receive pension after retirement “.I have documented his entire life along with video’s.The video’s can be seen on “You Tube”. :-http://rudolph-furtado.blogspot.in/

  3. Michael, a big thank you for uploading the photo of Alexandrine parakeet “Mittoo”. I have photographed a few cats from Bhutan and Kalimpong.Would upload these photos later on suitable topics moderated by you and other cat aficionado’s.

  4. Back to Mumbai after a 16 day solo tour of Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Calcutta. Sad to inform “P.O.,C” members that my 22 year old “Non-human son” Mittoo the Alexandrine parakeet expired on Monday(10-3-2014) while i was away.He was perfectly normal and died a sudden death, found dead in his cage early in the morning.His entire life has been documented as also a “Page” on him in “F.B”.Bizarrely, his life and death mimicked the life of “Alex” the talking African Grey parrot, only difference was that he was pf a different breed and a lower intelligence and vocabulary level.Both my cats are normal and honestly, the house is not the same without the chirping of “Mittoo”.As they say , life goes on and hence i should be happy that “Mittoo” shared his life with me for 22 years, a long long time.

    • Rudolph, nice to hear from you again. I’m very sorry to hear about your parakeet. It must have been a bit of a shock for you and 22 years is, as you say, a very long time to have a friend and you will miss him. I have published a photograph of him with this comment because, unfortunately, your photograph has not been uploaded because it was too large. This is an earlier photograph that you kindly uploaded:

    • Rudolph I’m so sorry about the death Mittoo, that was a long time to spend together and his death must have been a nasty shock, glad he had a long and happy life. RIP Mittoo.

  5. Ruth and Michael:I have to agree with you totally about cats like Grumpy Cat. It started out as a fluke and went viral. She sure touches the heart-strings of folks out here on the internet.

    But cats that have touched the hearts of true cat lovers, such as Corky the Cat http://lovemeow.com/2013/04/corky-the-cat-born-with-twisted-legs-inspiration-of-courage-love-determination/ has helped so many needy cats- the shelter that rescued him has done amazing things for special needs kitties. I applaud them loudly. I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the owners of the shelter- and that lady rocks!

    • I think there is a difference between Bob and Grumpy Cat and the way they have been treated. It is hard to explain the difference but for me it is no doubt there. I can’t get away from the conclusion that Grumpy Cat has been exploited and a lot of money has been made. In many ways I cannot blame the owners because the rewards financially are very high but what does Grumpy Cat get as a reward? For her, I would argue that her life is less good as a celebrity cat that if she was a regular stay at home domestic cat. Celebrity cats can do a lot of good in publicising and popularising the domestic cat and helping people who are ill and this sort of thing and under those circumstances I applauded it.

  6. Yes a lovely story and Bob’s situation is completely different to Grumpy Cats. James didn’t seek to make money out of Bob and keep on exploiting him, it just happened. Bob is a handsome healthy happy cat, poor Grumpy is deformed and I think it’s wrong to cash in on her deformity!

    • Absolutely, it just happened and James did not try and make money – it was a publisher who, if you like, made the money and James became a beneficiary. That I think is the way it should be and I do not feel that Bob is in anyway exploited.

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