He’s big and he’s blue.
Not the cookie monster — that’s his favorite toy — he’s a hyacinth macaw.
Dok, raised from babyhood by Pamela Donushi and the folks at Bayshore Animal Hospital, struts along the linoleum floor amassing smiles from the people he passes.
“He’s quite a character,” says Donushi about her feathered friend. A frame holds pictures of Dok’s “childhood” through the years. An early one shows him with his stuffed toy as his feathers are coming in. “Look how tiny!” remarks Donushi.
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Dok recently celebrated his 26th birthday with a cake and song. As Donushi sings “Happy birthday” to him he spreads his wings and puffs his chest out proudly.
“He’s also kind of a showoff,” laughs Donushi.
Second in the series “Pets and Their People” video by Herald visual journalist Tiffany Tompkins, starring special pets (and the people they own). Do you have a special pet that makes you smile, even on the toughest days? Please contact Tompkins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both of you might be the Herald’s next stars.