Dooley has an interesting sense of timing and can associate one event with another, for example:

When we get up and turn on the light in the kitchen he says “good morning”
When I pick up my keys he makes the sound of the house alarm being armed
When I close the microwave door he makes the sound of the timer being set
When I say goodbye on the phone he makes the sound of the teeny, quiet beep of the cordless phone being turned off
When I turn off the light in the TV room he says “good night” and then makes the sound of the house alarm being armed

Well, it’s October and Dooley has started to say “Trick or Treat”…something he’s only heard the last few years on that one special night when the kids come to our door. He hasn’t said it but a few times after Halloween last year and then not at all for the whole year. It’s like he knows it’s October.

This would be more surprising if he didn’t wait till December to sing Jingle Bells.

That bird is smarter than he looks.

Dooley on the yellow sproingy:

Dooley and the holidays
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3 thoughts on “Dooley and the holidays

  • October 14, 2005 at 8:31 am

    I think African Greys are much more intelligent than they are given credit for. I don’t believe for one moment that they mimick like other birds. They’re ability to understand and associate is amazing.

  • October 14, 2005 at 4:36 pm

    Your Dooley posts make my day. No matter how rushed or stressed I am I make a point to read about him. I love that people love their pets enough to talk about them often. Today my smile is because of you and Dooley.

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