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‘Sebastian’ was the name that I gave to a beautiful, yellow canary that I purchased at a pet store, on the spur of the moment, a number of years ago.  

He was a wonderful little bird, with one sweet song! He sang his heart out for me, every time that he was happy, which was most of the time. If I sang or played the organ, he would sing right along with the music, in  his own wonderful way.  

How I loved to listen to him singing!  

Then, for some reason, it seemed that he hardly ever sang. I wondered what was wrong with him and decided that he was probably lonely, so I purchased a second canary.  

I was absolutely astounded at what happened next!          

The canaries took a couple of hours to get aquainted and then they started to do virtually everything together.

I observed them quite closely, over the next few months.

It appeared that their lives were really very busy and they were obviously quite contented. They would eat together, drink together, perch side by side, preen one another and even hop in and out of their bird bath together.  

Now I had two canaries singing for me, at full volume, which was a double portion of joy for me! But I realized that something else that I had not expected, was happening too.    

The canaries had some moments, when they would appear to be at odds with one another.  One of them would find a little nook or cranny, by itself. If disturbed, it ruffled its feathers and fought with the other canary.  

“Give me my space!” it would seem to say.

“But I want your undivided attention!” the other would insist.

The canary would distance itself, but only for a little while. Then things would go back to normal in their lives and they would start singing and doing things together, again.          

“Can birds be like people?” I wondered. “Sometimes they get along together, but not always? Canaries need to be by themselves, at times too?”  

Gradually, I began to look at the lives of human beings just a little bit differently. I realized that if two canaries could be at odds with one another, in nature’s perfect way, it is probably normal for people who are living together, to have some moments in time, when they would prefer to be apart too.  

Aren’t canaries wonderful? They can teach us so much.


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      Inakika wrote Sep 24, 2008
    • What a sweet story. It’s really something how we can learn life lessons from animals/birds.
      I know I get tickled when my 2 shorkies (shih tzu/yorkie mix) want their space. If I’m holding Duke and CoCo tries to get in my lap, he will growl at her as if to say “back off, this is my human“. But at other times they are content to share a lap. They love to be together, but sometimes one will go into another room and lay down by themself, away from everyone else. I guess thats’ their equivalent to “me” time.

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      W. Diane Van Zwol wrote Sep 24, 2008
    • Hi Inakika,

      Thank you for your response. I guess there must be a certain amount of jealousy there too?


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      Inakika wrote Sep 24, 2008
    • Oh absolutely! Duke more so then CoCo. They are quite the pair. I’m having just as much fun with them as I did raising my sons. My camera is FULL of pictures of them.
      My sons tease me and say that if there was a choice they would lose out. They just may have a point.....:)

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      W. Diane Van Zwol wrote Sep 29, 2008
    • Hey Inakika,  

      Why not post a few of them for everyone to see? I’d love to see their pictures!  

      Have a great day,  


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