I had a very nice new client today who brought his recently acquired puppy in for vaccinations. Tagging along were his roommates, two scarlet macaws. I was, to say the least, a bit apprehensive when I looked into the lobby and saw two large macaws perched on his shoulders like mini-feathered Sphinxes, but as long as I wasn’t expected to actually do anything with them, I was happy to have them visit.
If I didn’t have confirmation from my co-workers that I was in fact seeing this, I would have thought I was hallucinating. The birds, aside from an occasional ‘SQUAWK!’ were pretty silent. The owner didn’t mention or acknowledge them in any way. They were just kind of there, like accessories. We’re in a pretty suburban area, and macaws are a pretty unusual bird to own around here, so this was a first for me.
I kept trying to decide how to broach the topic- “So hey, what’s up with the birds? You auditioning for Pirates IV?” but I never nailed the opener, and by the time I thought I had a good approach, I was done looking at his dog. So off they went, leaving me to wonder from whence they came, and where they were headed next.