Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

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Fostering trust between Sieben and Jackie
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WARNING WARINING!!!

DO NOT ON THE BASIS OF YOUR SEEING WHAT I HAVE DONE THAT YOU GO AND DO THE SAME WITH YOUR KITTY AND BIRDIE YOURSELF. ENJOY WHAT I WRITE AND DO NOT TRY TO IMITATE WHAT I HAVE DONE. IT IS LIKELY I LEFT OUT DETAILS, ESPECIALLY STUFF I TOOK FOR GRANTED, AND WHICH MAY BE CRITICAL.

YOU SEEN ME DOING FREE FLIGHTS. YOU ALSO SEEN MY WARNINGS TO YOU ALL NEVER TO DO FREE FLIGHTS.


WARNING WARNING !!!


More photos in Flickr folder _Jackie 02 - Entente Cordiale with Sieben
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157629433193745/



I really felt so much like a fool in taking so long to this course of action with Sieben.

And in a way, I felt bad that I might have been the cause of Sieben being a gwaigwai shishi sort of kitty.

( Cantonese language refresher: Gwai is cantonese for ghost. Gwaigwai meant ghostly. Shi is mouse, shishi is mousey way. gwaigwai shishi is derogratory cantonese for moving in figurtive sneaky way).

I could not see how Sieben would not be moving in a gwaigwai shishi way with me earlier when I was perpertually trying to catch him to lock him up or to get him out of the flight zone of the birdie. Half of Sieben was wanting to come to me, and half of Sieben tried to avoid me.

So in the days since I found my new way, Sieben got on to an entirely new relationship with me. Very little of gwaigwai shishi remained on Sieben. I could almost say Sieben moved so elegantly now, with lazy look at me and what I was doing.

You knew that the interations with Jackie was about 6-7 sessions a day. Which meant Sieben was called to me about that number of times.

I felt far far better knowing exactly where Sieben was instead of not knowing where he was and with my eyes frantically darting left and right and missing sight of Sieben until he suddenly popped out.

Sieben would appear within the second of my calling for him.
Each time and about every time. The one time he took a second, I felt he must be doing his toiletry behind the kitchen and yet he ran and jumped out.

Talk is cheap, and therefore a video taken of Sieben coming to me when called.
Almost to split second, and almost as if he was waiting for my call.

So who ever said a kitty will never be trained to come when called?



So every day since I started on what I hope to be a road towards understanding between Sieben and Jackie, the 3 of us have been working on this. Ivan made occasional cameo appearances. But Ivan seemed to have accepted Jackie earlier and never showed the hunter mode to Jackie. I have seen Ivan in hunter mode before during the times when he was a frequent bearer of unwanted gifts to me, about twice a month, and with sparrows and pigeons taken down with a 2 meter leap straight up.

Do note that Sieben was always on one side of my body and Jackie on the other side.


More photos in Flickr folder _Jackie 02 - Entente Cordiale with Sieben
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157629433193745/


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Do note that either my elbow or arm was almost always in the way of Sieben. If you ever go to a modern zoo where the lions and tigers are kept in almost natural surroundings and not in the cage, you might wonder why they never leapt out of their area to where humans watched them. You might notice innocent rock, or tree trunk in their area. That rock or trunk have been placed such that they could never build up the speed for that leap into your lap while you watched them.

In the same way, my elbow, or arm, or finger was always in Sieben's way.

I called Jackie to my arm, and brought him close to Sieben. Sieben, being an active Abby, raised his leg like he was going to strike. I knew Sieben would strike, but as long as Jackie was not harmed, it was ok with me.

See Sieben raised paw as if to stike.
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I called Jackie back. And brought Jackie close to Sieben.

And true to Sieben's nature, Sieben flashed out his paw and claws in a strike at Jackie. Which did not get Jackie , but got me in collateral strike. I bear the brunt. First time Sieben drew my blood even if it was a little scratch.

I shouted a stern NO to Sieben. Sieben cowed as if in embarrasement.

I repeated taking Jackie near to Sieben. I was bad. I was literally provoking Sieben into a strike. Which he did in a halfhearted way. I was mentally prepared and shouted a NO at Sieben. Sieben looked at me, stopped his strike in mid strike, and settled by my side.

That was repeated through the day and next day and today. Without Sieben raising a paw. Unlike the beginning on that first day. When Sieben tried to strike or moved past my arm towards Jackie.

Sieben got the message, I think. I could bring Jackie very close to Sieben.
But not that close as to allow Jackie to peck at Sieben. That will be tickling the tail of a dragon. And we do not want that at all.

Do I trust Sieben entirely with Jackie now?

I do not!

Trust must be verified. How I am to verify that I do not have a clue now.

And besides, I never relied on trust alone. There is such a thing as misplaced trust.

But I think I feel safer that Sieben is no longer showing aggression towards Jackie. Or even showing a playing mode towards Jackie. Or raising his paw in preparation of a strike.

I can only think it augurs well.


More photos in Flickr folder _Jackie 02 - Entente Cordiale with Sieben
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157629433193745/

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Yes!

No lighted ciggie jumped up to my mouth as yet.

I cannot say I have won. There is this old song 'The Gambler'
brought to fame by Kenny Rogers.

There is a part of the song which is as true of my battle with Old Nic.

"You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealing's done"

I am still sitting at the table with Old Nic. Not that I want to sit with him. But we all know he is still there. And the fight is for a lifetime. Not to have that lighted ciggie again in my mouth.

And there is a big huge challenge just ahead of me, that I might well talk about in the next blog update.

And as said, there'll be time enough for countin' when the dealing's done.
Below just a matter of record, and not counting.


My Silkquit meter to date.
Four weeks, two days, 22 hours, 14 minutes and 27 seconds.
1608 cigarettes not smoked, saving $763.88.
Life saved: 5 days, 14 hours, 0 minutes.



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LiBai mash making.
About 300 grams of beef mince, with 200 grams of chicken mince and 150 grams of dried anchovies(for the calcium). That was all done up to the kitty mash formula I wrote about in
Pakistan//Tinkerbell Kitty Mash//Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 //Villa walkabout 2
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/119237.html
Instead of the almond and brazil nuts, about 100 grams of human grade groundnuts(peanuts) were used.

Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/109957.html

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"
http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/30810.html

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""
http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/34432.html
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if you forgotten about clicker training

Tinkerbell Legacy - VH parrot and Clicker Training Rant 06
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/3419.html

Some thoughts on clicker - The initial experience with Tinkerbell
http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/clicker-L-somethoughtsonclickera.html

Clicker training and bonding with Tinkerbell
http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/clicker-L-ctbondinga.html

To Shanlung-Charlie and clicker training
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/126461.html

Charlie and clicker training - beyond touch target //LiBai on finger and in slow motion videos —
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/126488.html


Tinkerbell Legacy - - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality) & Understanding the mind of your grey
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html
Above is probably the most important of all I have written, and the foundation to all that I have done.


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FREE FLIGHT IS LIFE AND DEATH PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF UNLESS YOU DO KNOW.
NEVER EVER FREE FLY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AS THIS CAN LEAD TO LOSS AND DEATH OF YOUR BIRD.
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(edited on 4th November 2011 to include below)

To Shanlung - How to do Free Flight Outside
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/129976.html
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If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust

I am a life member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Do join us to do
whatever we can for the wildlife that shared our planet.


http://www.durrellwildlife.org/
or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice







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