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Old 06-06-2019, 09:24 AM
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Re: Going away for a race weekend

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Make sure to explain to both birds that you will be gone for a few days, and do it a few times in the days before you leave. Use your fingers to show how many days. It helps cut down the pissed off bird syndrome upon your return.



This sounds silly but is true. They really seem to understand when presented this way, even my tiel Alex got less mad when I would do this.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:36 AM
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Re: Going away for a race weekend

Wishing your son the best of luck, I bet he is so excited!

I bet those Skype sessions will be good for both you and Tucker. I think he and Baxter will be just fine. I was in the hospital a few years ago for 10 days, and some of our flock was a little angry with me when I came home, but it wasn't very long until all was forgiven. None screamed more than usual, thank goodness.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:11 AM
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Re: Going away for a race weekend

Phenomenal images of your son! Deep respect and congratulations for his accomplishments, best wishes for a terrific race weekend!

I think you'll find Tucker and Baxter will quickly warm to you upon return.
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Re: Going away for a race weekend

Great pics of your boy from an undoubtably proud dad, I hope he does well at the races!
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Re: Going away for a race weekend

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Great pics of your boy from an undoubtably proud dad, I hope he does well at the races!
Well, maybe just a little bit proud... Lol

Honestly, he amazes me every day. He's absolutely the most determined kid on the planet. (Which works well for him, but can sometimes be a challenge for us)

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Re: Going away for a race weekend

We're home! Finally made it back at about 9:00 last night.

Tucker was so happy, he wouldn't leave my side. Yay!!!

Baxter was very happy as well, but felt the need to punish me for leaving her by refusing skritches for about 10 minutes. After that, all was right with the world :-D

All I can say is what an unbelievable experience the trip was. Coming from our situation where my son is the only wheelchair athlete competing at all, going to a meet with 96 para athletes and of them, probably 70 were in wheelchairs! For the first time, he got to compete along side a track full of other wheelchair racers, all of differing disabilities and ages. Some were slow, others were twice or more fast than him. Actual competition made him rise to the occasion, and he absolutely destroyed all of his personal records.

He also got to do shot put in a proper adaptive throwing chair which improved his distance by almost 5 feet. That's HUGE!

Thanks everyone for putting up with the rambling of a proud Dad! I do tend to get excited for my son.

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Old 06-11-2019, 10:42 AM
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Re: Going away for a race weekend

I have been so looking forward to this update!
Sending a Huge Congratulations to your son for beating all his previous records & improving his distance by an amazing 5 feet in the shot put!


This sounds like a wonderful experience for you all, and I am so glad that Tucker kept his punishment time short
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Re: Going away for a race weekend

Awesome Read, I'm glad everything worked out for your son as it did, I can just imagine how proud you are at watching him compete.

I was just wondering How Tucker reacted to your homecoming lol knowing the story of how you two got together just speaks volumes for Tuckers reaction lol Glad Baxter came around in a short time period as well.... I was really afraid Tucker was going to be the one with the attitude when you got back, I'm so glad it all worked out.
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:39 PM
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Re: Going away for a race weekend

Congratulations to your son! His drive and spirit will carry him far!

Glad to see Tucker and Baxter have typically forgiving hearts!!
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