I started with the two main paintings I wanted to do of Berkley, my beautiful African Grey parrot. Then I added some more fun sketches and drawings of her fooling around. She loved to show how she could put her wings up so I had to add that drawing in. I was so thrilled at how well the sketch came out. It looks just like her, with all her feathers fluffed out. Finally, I had to add her favorite "teddy bear", her little pink pig. We called it LPP for short and she LOVED her so much! We bought her the toy when she was still a baby and it became her teddy bear, she wouldn't go to sleep without it. When we realized how much she relied on her LPP friend, we panicked, thinking... parrots can live more than fifty years! If she breaks that pig, we're DEAD!
We promptly scoured the pet shops for several exact copies, just in case but by that time, months after buying the first LPP, the brand had moved on to other animal shapes. Seriously, we went to every hole in the ground pet store and finally scraped up four extra Little Pink Pigs. We used to confuse her by putting two on her play pen. She'd go bite one (through the little heart on it's belly, perfect for a birdy beak) and then go kiss the other one, LOL.
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