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30 November 2007 @ 10:45 pm
An introduction  
What a brilliant idea for a community, really!  I read the first introduction post and I'm coming in from the other side -- I have what most people would consider a disability, and a normal (well, for a parrot) pet.

I was born with achondroplasia, which is, I believe, the most common form of dwarfism.  Obviously, this left me short (I'm now 24 years old and topped out at 4'2" tall), and with miscellaneous other problems like chronic ear issues, back pain, joint stuff, and a whole host of little things.  Comparatively speaking, I got off pretty easy for someone with dwarfism, but it's still enough that day to day life can be an utter pain in the ass at times!

One of the things that helps me get through things is Judah, the cockatiel seen in my icon.  He turned two years old on April 1st and has been a huge part of my life since I got him at 5 months.  My previous cockatiel, Eriza, was lost during emergency surgery from being egg-bound, not long after I'd moved to a new state, and I was pretty..well, screwed up!  The panic disorder that I was diagnosed with later flared up something horrible from all the stress, and without Eriza I was miserable living in my lonely little apartment.

I'd contacted breeders and rescues, but the latter had nothing and the former were done with their breeding season and had no babies.  So I sort of gave up, until about..two months later, one of the breeders emailed me stating that someone had backed out of a purchase of a 5 month old baby boy, and did I still want a cockatiel?  Of course I did, so within two days I jumped in my car and drove about 30 miles to find this little white ball of fluff waiting for me.  Love at first sight.  About a week later, he was home, and he's been my companion ever since.

Judah's a cockatiel, and a boy, so he has his moments when he makes me want to tear my hair out and make parrot stew, but for the most part, he's lovely.  With both physical and mental stuff going on, he's a joy.  There's nothing for being hurt or being in a panic like having a warm little cockatiel snuggled against your neck, feet under your shirt collar.  He's really, really made my life better.

As for pictures, he has his own album section! 
Judah the Wondertiel