I hate talking about my birds to co-workers or even strangers. Hate, hate, hate it. Because 75% of the time the answers are:
“I had a bird once. It died.” (usually budgies)
“I had a bird growing up. My parents got rid of it because it was going to live forever.” (usually parrots, and I never ask what they mean by “I got rid of it”).
“My friend has a bird and it flew away.”
“My aunt had a bird and my dog killed it.”
“My husband made me get of the bird because it got seed everywhere.”
WHY?!? Why do you say these things?? Look, I understand you think birds are lesser pets than cats and dogs, but when someone comes up to you and says “I have a poodle!” you aren’t going to say “that’s nice, I had one too and it got hit by a car” or “we gave it to a shelter because it lived longer than we wanted it to.
Why do we have a double standard for birds and other exotics, and why do people feel so comfortable expressing that double standard to someone who clearly cares about their feathered pets?
"I love Golden retrievers.” “You know what? I’m sure glad you do, because I know one thing about golden retrievers and its that my aunt had one and it’s DEAD.” Thanks, asshole.
I’m just stunned at the frequency of these comments.