Friday, February 22, 2008

Meet Gilbert


Meet Gilbert, my funny Parrotlet.


In 2001, Fred and I went to California to the Parrotlet Ranch to bring him home. Parrotlets have a ton of personality in tiny little bodies. They are the smallest of the parrot family, and can live up to 20 years!







Inspired by my Gilbert, I have created several parrotlet paintings over the years.


Although Emmitt is my first dog ever, my sister, Melanie and I have had pet birds since we were 10 years old. This is our first birdy, Sweetie. He was a huge green parakeet that we loved with all of our hearts. He was only 5 when he passed away. He taught us many things, but most of all that love can come from all creatures, no matter how big or small.




Zippy was my lovebird who trekked with me from Michigan to Colorado in 1993. This sweet bird was funny and a momma's boy. He was not too sure about Fred when we first met, but grew to love him and later Emmitt too.

The standoff!

I think Emmitt is a bit nervous in this picture. LOL!

9 comments:

Nevis said...

Aww...beautiful birds, but I love the shots with Emmitt! :P

ALSO, I received the ABSOLUTLY BEAUTIFUL signed print of yours yesterday. I'm going to take a picture of us enjoying it, but things have been pretty hectic lately with Terry's mom and all, so I haven't gotten around to it. But I shall! Definatly this weekend. Again, thank-you SOOOOOOooooooooo much! You're so talented!

Oh, and thanks for the compliment on my pictuers. Your pictures of Emmitt are great, too. Pugs are such amazing subjects, arent' they?!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Melissa,

LOL...Emmitt looks like he wants to be anywhere but there...just wanted to stop by and say thank you...thank you...thank you...for all your sweet wishes on my birthday!

Have a wonderful day...

smiles, kari (& kijsa)

Rebecca said...

Gilbert is so cute! You pick great names for your fur-kids ...er make that ... feather/fur-kids

Paula @ Pug Hugs said...

I love birds! I had a cockatiel that just loved me to pieces and vise versa. I woke up one morning and he was no longer with us.

Your little Gilbert is to sweet. Does Emmitt ever try to play with him? Love the pics of them together. I think though I a detecting a cautionary look from Emmitt wondering what will happen next.

Karine said...

The look on Emmitt's face in that last shot just KILLS me!!!! So cute. I love these photos of the birds. I never knew there was such a thing as a Parrotlet before. Learn something new every day!

The Devil Dog said...

That is just too funny. Mom has seen that look (on Emmitt's face)before. It's absolutely priceless.
What a cute parrotlet.

Roxy

Diana Evans said...

Hi Melissa...oh how sweet....what a great set of photos...and Emmitt is so sweet....so cute in his bed....and so shy..lol...

lovely post tonight!

I was so much happier with Apprentice lastnight...no drama from Omarosa...thankfully and I have to agree with you that Tres is the best candidate ...he sure has his focus on the right stuff and he is so relaxed and always so nice to see and hear...

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Cheers,
Diana

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Melissa, I never realized you had a bird. Little Gilbert is so cute....how do he and Emmitt get along, they look so sweet in the photos together.

lizzyl said...

that is so cute! i don't think henri would be that well-behaved around a bird!