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The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog
By: Nancy Ellis-Bell

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Reader Review, email

Hello Nancy,

I was home for two weeks over the Christmas holiday and spent an afternoon browsing for Christmas gifts at Leaves of Grass - as I was piling my book gifts on the counter I looked down and spotted your book on the table next to the counter.
Intrigued because our current tenant in our Inn has an African Grey Parrot. When the tennant arrived, she asked to bring her bird along (she's had her 25 years) - I've never been an indoor bird person - really enjoy the outdoor fellows and believe I was once a hawk in a previous life! - anyway - I thought she would have fun with the book - Imagine my surprise when I read the name of the author! Hey! I know this lady (well kind of) - anyhow, I bought the book, decided she would never know if I read it first - and LOVED IT - Of course since then, everywhere I go, I'm talking about this book - and, it turns out we have quite a few common friends - my best friend Annette speaks very highly of you - Anyway - what a fun surprise over the Christmas break - thanks for the book, I thought I was among the few that talked to animals.

Kathleen G.



Reader Review, email


I think we are related.

I, too, have taken in many birds. I currently have 2 African Greys, 2 Macaws, a Moulaccan Cockatoo, 2 goffin cockatoos, 2 conures, an Amazon, 2 cockatiels and a starling. They join 5 dogs, one cat and many, many koi and goldfish. There is also 2 aquariums in the house.

I loved your book. I can't wait to read the next one. Thank you for your kindness to all animals including the raccoons.

Cathy C.



Reader Review, email


Nancy,

Hello. My name is Joy and I just read your book about Sarah. It was wonderful! The reason I'm emailing you is because I am a medium who can communicate with, among other things, animals both in body and those who have crossed over.

Most of the time the communication has to be asked for either by me or the human connected with an animal. However, in this instance, as I read about Sarah's passing, she came into my awareness and asked me to give you a message.

She wants you to know, in case you don't already know, that, other than loving her life with you and thanking you profusely for giving her herself again, she intentionally stayed in the trees.

Being outside like that kept taking her closer and closer to her "wild" roots and being in the Amazon. It took her quite a while until she decided it was time to become totally free again. To do this, meant she would have to leave her Sarah body and return in another one born again in the wild. She also wants you to know that she has done that (still with a remembrance of what to stay away from - meaning she won't be captured in this life).

I guess I should back up somewhat. I'm presuming, and so did she, that you would know that Souls can come to Earth in as many bodies as they wish. We can this reincarnation and, from also talking with Souls and Spiritual Guides/Guardian Angels, I know it happens continually.

I wanted to pass on Sarah's message. You can take it or leave it however you like.

You are a kindred spirit for me. I live with 8 animals as my Life Partners - 2 Golden Retrievers, 2 cats, and 4 horses. Most of the work I do is to communicate with animals for their humans. It's my passion and my life's work.

Wishing you and yours well,

Love,
Joy T.

Talk With Your Animals


Reader Review, email


Dear Nancy, I just read your book and I laughed with you and cried with you. I too rescued a parrot in 1999. He had been mistreated, dumped at my neighbors (under the pretext of babysitting two weeks, and two years later his owner still had not returned, that's when I took him in) and not handled for at least two years. He too was a little vampire when I became his new mommy. I took some serious bites but was determined to return only love, even after 16 stitches by a cosmetic surgeon on my lip. We now always hold beak to kiss.

Coco, who is a Harlequin Macaw, is now about 20 years old and no longer bites, and has become a wonderful companion. We take a 2-3 mile walk daily in the State Parks here. He has a huge perch in between 2 Hickory trees in my yard and his cage is only closed at night when he is covered. He lives with us in Delaware in the summer and Key West in the winter (we all migrate together, me, Coco, Radar the black Lab and my husband).

Reading your book answered my 10 year thought of "Should I let him become fully flighted and have that freedom?" I now keep 5 primaries clipped, leaving 3 on his wingtips and 2 center wing. I have tested him and this is the perfect clip for him to break a fall, but not to fly up. He can fly out and down about 20 feet. When going for our daily walks, I wear sweat bands and he rides on my forearms and hands. I do not allow him to be a shoulder bird and he doesn't like it there any way as he does not feel a secure grip. So after reading what happened to Sarah, I will always continue to keep that clip, I grieved for you and Sarah as I read.

I have written an "Owner's Manual" for Coco! It's about 6 pages and is in case something ever happened to me suddenly and someone else other than my husband or I had to take him right away. I do have an old friend who has 2 Macaws who is willing to take him in that event.

Everyone knows me in town as the "Bird Lady" because of taking him on "Squawk and Walks" with Radar my Lab. That time is truly Coco's favorite time of the day, a whole hour of "arm time" out in nature, where he can flap and scream bloody murder and no one wants to divorce us! We volunteer with the Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware's Ambassador Ship, and do educational dock tours as pirate and parrot. No one else can touch Coco other than my husband, but Coco now allows me to love up on him and cuddle when it's his idea (just like a man).

I learned from your book that I have done well and that Coco is a really easy parrot as parrot's go. Coco is now even part of "Pets on Wheels", he and Radar visit nursing homes and bring smiles to many people.

Good luck with Will, and God Bless,

Donna
F.





Reader Review, email

I just finished reading your book and I loved it. It made me laugh & it made me cry. Thank you for sharing your story about Sarah. I wish I had known her... I'm heartbroken that she's gone.

Kitty



Reader Review, email

I just finished your book The Parrot who Thought She was a Dog. I couldn't put it down.

Again, your book was so touching. I share your love of animals and have two precious "babies," rescue dogs. Thank you for sharing your love of Sarah.


Reevah



Reader Review, email

This is an absolute fantastic book!! I became a blue and gold "mother" almost 1 year ago. Then we added a green-winged and then a molloccan with the last member joining us about a week and a half ago (a cockatiel). They have been absolute joys and this book just explained more things and showed us many things in common! May the spirit of Sarah always soar high and watch over her human!! Bless Nancy for taking a chance on Sarah and becoming Sarah's human!!!

Denise



Reader Review, email

Oh Nancy,

I just fiished Sarah's story and what a story it was! Sarah was quite the personality and a maddening delight. I so admire you, and Kerry, for all the critter TLC that is given in your home-you especially and Kerry for moral support.

I just spent time on your website and was so glad to see the parrot photos. Watching Animal Planet as I do I've seen these birds in all their glory. In the coloration of fish and birds nature outdoes itself. Thank goodness for color TV! I do hope, one of these days, you and the parrots will show up on AP, my favorite channel.

Thank you for telling Sarah's story (and the other animals as well). It was an absolutely delightful read.

Shirley G.



Reader Review, email

Dear Ms. Ellis,

Thank you for the hours of enjoyment when I read "The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog". I must admit that I was hoping (& expecting) a happy ending. When I realized what was going to happen, for a non religious Jew, I was ready to change into black clothing, light a candle and sit "shiva" for a week! Although time has passed, please except my condolences on the death of your beloved friend. Take comfort in knowing that you (& your husband) provided her with dignity and happiness in her last years.

I look forward to reading your next book.

Many thanks again.

David

P.S.
I am a huge English Bulldog fan.


Further correspondence:


Obviously these wonderful creatures know that you are a good soul and provide a safe haven. We both know that Sarah continues to be around you and will be waiting for you when you cross over. She was sent to do her job and when it was completed she left for her next journey - she certainly added to her karma wheel.

I look forward to reading your future publications and hopefully see you at a speaking engagement.

David



Reader Review, email

Dear Nancy,

I just read your book and I laughed with you and cried with you. I too rescued a parrot in 1999. He had been mistreated, dumped at my neighbors (under the pretext of babysitting two weeks, and two years later his owner still had not returned, that's when I took him in) and not handled for at least two years. He too was a little vampire when I became his new mommy. I took some serious bites but was determined to return only love, even after 16 stitches by a cosmetic surgeon on my lip. We now always hold beak to kiss.

Coco, who is a Harlequin Macaw, is now about 20 years old and no longer bites, and has become a wonderful companion. We take a 2-3 mile walk daily in the State Parks here. He has a huge perch in between 2 Hickory trees in my yard and his cage is only closed at night when he is covered. He lives with us in Delaware in the summer and Key West in the winter (we all migrate together, me, Coco, Radar the black Lab and husband Pete).

Reading your book answered my 10 year thought of " Should I let him become fully flighted and have that freedom?" I now keep 5 primaries clipped, leaving 3 on his wingtips and 2 center wing. I have tested him and this is the perfect clip for him to break a fall, but not to fly up. He can fly out and down about 20 feet. When going for our daily walks, I wear sweat bands and he rides on my forearms and hands. I do not allow him to be a shoulder bird and he doesn't like it there any way as he does not feel a secure grip. So after reading what happened to Sarah, I will always continue to keep that clip, I grieved for you and Sarah as I read.

I have written an "Owner's Manual" for Coco! It's about 6 pages and is in case something ever happened to me suddenly and someone else other than Pete or I had to take him right away. I do have an old friend who has 2 Macaws who is willing to take him in that event.

Everyone knows me in town as the "Bird Lady" because of taking him on "Squawk and Walks" with Radar my Lab. That time is truly Coco's favorite time of the day, a whole hour of "arm time" out in nature, where he can flap and scream bloody murder and no one wants to divorce us! We volunteer with the Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware's Ambassador Ship, and do educational dock tours as pirate and parrot. No one else can touch Coco other than my husband, but Coco now allows me to love up on him and cuddle when it's his idea (just like a man).

I learned from your book that I have done well and that Coco is a really easy parrot as parrot's go. Coco is now even part of "Pets on Wheels", he and Radar visit nursing homes and bring smiles to many people.

Good luck with Will, and God Bless,

Donna F.



Reader Review, email

Nancy,

My wife and I were on our way to Austin, when we both treated ourselves to a new book at the airport (only a small part of why we are always more than two hours early).

What to my wondering eyes should appear, prominently displayed next to the register, but your new book. I had no idea it was already out!

After the purchases, my wife promptly appropriated your novel and chuckled and cried all the way to Austin. Once she had finished, I regained control and thoroughly enjoyed every word.

When is the next one out?

Nancy, the best part of our otherwise wonderful vacation was the enjoyment of your work.

Thank you for the delight you share with the world,

Earl M.


Reader Review, email

What a wonderful tribute by writing this incredible book. Not only was it so entertaining, but truly inspirational.

There is no greater power on earth than love. It is out of love and respect that you wanted to give her the ultimate gift for any bird, freedom to fly. Love knows no boundaries and you experienced the unique love affair between human and parrot. How many bird owners don't even know or take the time to see that their caged bird is capable of such emotion and intelligence . They can be fun, loving, mischievous, jealous and so human.

Sometimes, maybe we forget that they are birds, how they belong in the wild, and should have never been made pets for all those that do suffer a lifetime of neglect and confinement because of the pet trade.

There is nothing sadder than to see a bird alone in a cage without a companion. But Sarah found you and she loved you, with all her heart, even if you didn't have feathers.. Her life began to have meaning because you respected her as she was.

Somebody told me once that "one day of freedom is worth far more than a lifetime in a cage." We as humans, may not be able to relate to that. But for a bird to not have its only defense mechanism to fly or flee is traumatic. They say that it doesn't hurt to clip a bird's wings, but I disagree as the hurt runs deep and is replaced by fear, stress plucking and total dependence.

Your book enlightened our hearts to how amazingly intelligent and funny parrots can be and how they were not meant to be caged. Having a wild-caught bird in a cage is the ultimate of cruelties.

Sarah went beyond her tragedy and learned how to trust again, because of you. You gave her life, Nancy.

She will be an eternal free spirit now and will never be forgotten.

God Bless you!

Sally B.


Reader Review, email

Hi Nancy,

The book came last week... thank you so very much! I can't find the words to tell you what this means to me.

I did manage to finish reading the book. I bawled my eyes out when Sarah took off and stayed out overnight. I had a feeling of what was to come, but when you talked about her stance, and how she was not standing tall and proud, well, from that point on, I was a basketcase.

I sure spent alot of extra time with my Jasper, a blue and gold... the bird I was not going to get because my dream was always a Blue Hyacinth. That never happened and I am now owned by 3 macaws, one of whom (Marley, a greenwing) was in the dance off on Bird Channel just last week. We are waiting for the results to come in, to see if she makes the finals or not.

All the best, from one parrot lover to another,

Paula


Reader Review, email

Dear. Ms. Ellis-Bell:

Yesterday I finished reading THE PARROT WHO THOUGHT SHE WAS A DOG. I was reading Wedsnesday in bed, skimming ahead on the parrot where Sarah flew off and you eventually found her body and I was crying! And I thought "well I'm just not going to finish reading it!" But I did finish it at lunch yesterday, sitting in my car and once again crying. Thank you for sharing Sarah's story and yours.

I too am an animal lover and have been all my 42 years. It's against my nature not to help an animal. I share my small, 3-bedroom ranch with 4 dogs and 7 cats! I couldn't imagine life without animals.

Once again thank you!

Debbie S.


Reader Review, email

I just finished reading The Parrot Who Thought She was a Dog. I found myself laughing and smiling to the point of reading excerpts aloud to my husband ( a big no-no at our house) but I couldnt help myself.

This story transferred me from one emotion to the next and back again as Sarah joined the family and all began learning and growing together. I found tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat when Sarah said her first "Love you." I laughed out loud as she and the dogs interactions were shared and Sarah began barking.

I wept as Sarah and Nancy's journey together came to an end, but I smile and say "Thank You" Nancy for sharing your memories of Sarah, the stuggles and the triumphs of being a true lover of animals.

Best Wishes,

Lora M.


Reader Review, email

Just finished the book, The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog and came online to see if there was something else by Nancy Ellis.

....simply had to compliment.....

I've recommended to everyone Iknow who loves animals.

I t was not simply the story or subject matter - the author hit it out of the park - and not just by her communication and understanding of animals.... but by the ability to get that feeling across and being able to infuse all the important senses - the connection, love, telepathy, and then packaging it with the type of humor only an animal lover understands......seldom do I find myself transported into a scene the author is talking about...I felt like I was there walking the property.

W hat a treat...

Thanks so much.

Bonnie


Reader Review, email

I just finished your book, and am compelled to write to you...even with tears in my eyes from the empathy I feel over your loss of Sarah.

What is it about a bird that touches our souls? (that would be a bird-person's soul) The phrase that is so true, ' the bird that owns me', comes to my mind.

I acquired two macaws over ten years ago, a Greenwing and a Red-Fronted macaw, and my life has not been the same. I can't imagine my life without them.....

I enjoyed your book so very much, I devoured it in an evening, and now can't sleep with my sniffling and snorting over Sarah's death. I don't know what I'd do if I lost one of my birds.

So I had to write to you and let you know your book touched my heart, thank you very much for writing it and telling her story.

Keep up the good writing,

Julie J.


Reader Review, email

Hello Nancy,

I ordered your book a couple of weeks ago, and it arrived today. I have not been able to put it down, except for now, to write you.

I am owned by 8 parrots - one of which is a blue and gold macaw, but in our flock we also have 2 greenwinged macaws, your dream - 3 African Greys, an amazon and a quaker, all of whom came to me for different reasons, most of whom I consider rescues - they have had previous owners.

Yes, the house rules sure do change when a bird - ANY bird comes to live with you. My oldest children do not understand why my fids come before they do at times, but to try an explain to them how a bird loves you unconditionally, never tells you off (well almost never) and that they will be dependent on you for the rest of their time with you where a human child is supposed to grow up and become independent.

...

It's back to reading for me. Something tells me I may be up really late tonight.

Sincerely,

Paula


Reader Review, email

Hello Nancy,

I just wanted to thank you for your inspiring and entertaining book talk at Kepler's. I love to hear about personal experiences with animals.

I spoke to you briefly after your talk about my desire to write a book about my experiences with my rats. I honestly do not know if I could write an entire book, but I do have the desire to share my personal experiences with these wonderful animals with others.

When I hear and read stories such as yours, it does inspire me to try. You did a wonderful job of bringing Sarah back to life and helping us to understand these wonderful birds.

I enjoyed meeting you and will be telling all of my friends (with and without birds) about your book. Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Carol K.


Reader review, email

Hi Nancy, I just finished reading your book a little while ago and I loved it! The last part of it made me cry, I felt your heartbreak. I have three birds myself and I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

Great job on the book!

Regards,

Nancy P.


Reader Review, email

Hi,

LOVED YOUR BOOK! It was absolutely terrific, only I couldn't put it down! Couldn't help crying about Sarah, but glad you have Will Scarlett. Also, I loved the pictures on the web and your little stories about Will. Thank you so much for your work.

I hope that you continue to write, and that we will be graced with a sequel.

Best wishes,
C.J.G.


Reader Well Wishes, email

Greetings Dear Nancy!

Andrew told me today that your book is a best seller on the pet list!

Congratulations!

Sincerely,
Marc Morrone


Reader Review, email

... the love between Nancy and Sarah is gripping. You don't have to be a bird expert to enjoy this good read. Which is how I feel. It's not about a bird; it's about the love between a bird and its caregiver that transfers to the reader.

Such a good read.

Otty L.


Reader review, email

I really enjoyed reading your book.

My husband is in the hospital recovering from a stroke and he likes me to read to him. Your book was perfect because it made me laugh so I felt like I wasn't in the hospital.

It was helpful to him too because then I wasn't worried but laughing.

Nanette B.


Reader review, email

It said tell you what I loved about your book. I loved Sarah. From most of the reviews I read so did everyone. I just fell in love with her. I wish things could have ended differently for her. I know she loved Nancy because she was trying to make it home to her.May Sarah's spirit always fly free and watch over Nancy. Also, she is flying free in the hearts of the many readers who love her.

Janet H.


Reader review, email

I am not much of a reader but, as an owner of various birds for 12years I could not put your book down!. I now own an Umbrella, African Grey, Yellow naped Amazon and a very lively conure. Your story was touhcing and really hit home. It should do well.
Congrats!!


Reader review, email

I read your entire book about Sarah today, and tonight I'm in mourning! How lucky you are to have had her in your life, as well as all of the other pets and wild critters you described so well. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story!

Melody S.

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