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It Starts With Winning A Goldfish At The County Fair.


The difference between pets and other animals is where they sleep.

If it’s in the house, it’s a pet; if it’s in a barn, it’s not a pet?

You can have a pet that sleeps in a barn the same way you can have a pet that lives in the trees.

Growing attached to wild animals and work animals makes them pets. You just can’t pet all of them.

Boomers love their pets more than most. They fill their empty nest with affection.

The image above is a peacock. It’s a pet because it’s in the community, but not a house pet.

Are peacocks good pets? They are fascinating. If you’ve spent time around these birds, you have to say they are amazing.

But they do have odd habits.

Boomers love their pets so much that they buy health insurance for them. We want them around for the long haul.

Well tended peacocks have a long life expectancy. You’ll see the same bird for twenty years, even if you can’t pet them.

Their beauty makes up for anything lacking.


With enough of these birds around, you get to see nature work her magic. The males fan their feathers to attract the ladies.

Once they get their attention, the males turn their back.


If you’ve never seen the backside of a peacock, it looks like this.

Who is the intended audience? The peahen, of course.


Watching the behavior, the dancing and shaking, is like stepping into another world.

But what’s going on when the peahens leave and the peacock keeps backing it up?


Either the peacock has bad vision, or you look like their object of affection.

Call it a bonding moment.

These birds can teach boomers a few things. They fly, but it’s directed flight. They don’t cruise. Instead, they see where they want to go and get there.

From the ground, to a tree, to the roof, there’s no hesitation.

There’s also no mistaking their call. It sounds like one part beginner saxophone honk, one part fire alarm.

Living in a peacock neighborhood is a reminder of life in the wild when you hear them call in the middle of the night. One starts, another joins in, and suddenly the echoes of their voices seem to bounce back and forth like they’re the only animals around.

Community peacocks rate high on the pet scale once you get used to them. They’re low maintenance, yet brilliant; mysterious yet welcoming. Just check your shoes when you go inside the house.

My peacock buddy above is a great showman. What more could you want?




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