For Lovers of Inter-Species Pet Play Only

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Folks say I’m irresponsible for posting pics of dogs with birds (aka Inter-species) because of the danger (you can see how aggressive this Golden retriever is:-)

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In that 98% of pet bird deaths are caused by human negligence, should I stop posting pics of birds with people too?

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An unusual family of animals is winning hearts on Instagram.

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This has attracted over 77,000 viewers so far by regularly sharing snapshots from the life of one man’s pets: an eccentric but tight-knit group that consists of 1 golden retriever, 1 hamster, and 8 birds.

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31-year-old Luiz Higa Junior of São Paulo, Brazil, says that
his golden retriever, Bob, is a little less than 2 years old.

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In the beginning, he just had Bob, a cockatiel and a parakeet.

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“Since the beginning I put them together to see their behavior,” he tells us.

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“It was nice, so I decided to have them play together sometimes during my free time.”;

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He then added more birds and a hamster to the group.

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His photos show the group posing, playing, exploring, & resting together.

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Facebook comment: Touch one of those birds and then you’ll see aggressive puppy.

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Facebook comment:  I love this post. People are so uptight.

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Facebook comment:  It don’t matter how much you trust your dog I trust my dog I thousand percent but even in play serious deadly accident or $1000 vet bill can happen it’s not worth the risk

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Facebook comment: Animals get along, it is the humans that have the problems.

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I had cats with my parrot, and they never bothered each other.

And your right, keep posting who cares what others say, you’r going to have haters no matter what.

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Facebook comment:  here is the thing about it…my birds will not and i say again will not stay around a dangerous animal…they love the dogs and seek them out…they give the cats a wide berth….the birds know the difference…animals can sense what is a danger to them and these birds in the photo would not have stayed there if they felt a threat….

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Facebook comment: I think you are arrogant and opinionated. There really isn’t any real reason or benefit for birds or that Dog , is there?

Why can’t humans learn to get along together like this?

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

9 thoughts on “For Lovers of Inter-Species Pet Play Only”

  1. It’s so beautiful,yes?……birds in the home are high maintenance…..completely removed from their intuitive space….houses cage birds who are designed to fly free and that requires us to make it work well…….put dogs or cats into the mix and that job gets trickier……not really about danger or aggression …. Rather about accidental mishaps increasing exponentially……if you are up to that challenge….go for it…. Is it up to you to make that decision for the animals?

  2. Not in a million years. I’ve witnessed “friendly” relationships turn very ugly on a dime. Something will just snap….

  3. Luiz Higa Junior is in my humble opinion, an absolutely awesome trainer. Training a golden is easy; you can teach them to do almost anything. ( ) bur training the birds and hamster? awesome!!!

    Admiration aside though, my personal experience with birds and dogs is that birds have no clue and dogs are hardwired hunters. We originally allowed our flighted birds in the same rooms with our unmuzzled dogs. The black capped conure found herself in a dogs mouth with only her head sticking out. she squirted out leaving every feather from the head back behind in the dogs mouth but otherwise unharmed, The macaw investigated the dog’s food dish and got bitten. He recovered too, but it was an expensive vet bill

  4. I agree that humans are more of a danger to birds than freakin Golden Retrievers! I’m thinking chocolates, teflon, Febreeze, shitty diets, vitamin deficiencies, broken wings and feet, escaping outside to whatever bad elements, etc., etc., etc. Oh, and lest we forget the occasional microwave! I knew a kid in middle school who did that with his budgie – It really happens!

    My Labradoodle and Red-Bellied Poi are great together. They share no interest in each other – and my dog actually avoids my bird except when she leaves him some crumbs. They’ve been together 8 years – since he was a pup – and she’s 15 now. To be fair, I must disclose that he is a trained service dog that was purposely raised with cats (he failed the program at 6 months due to hip dysplasia), so he’s probably more trustworthy than most dogs. I think it depends a little on the breed and a lot on the training in order to trust dogs with birds.

    Also,as an aside: Years ago I had a Weimaraner that jumped up and caught in mid-air my friend’s escaped dove (oh the terror in that moment!)! It was panic with both my friend and I screaming – But the dog only “soft-mouthed” the bird and brought her right to me! No harm done. It was absolutely terrifying, but those dogs are bird dogs innately and she was very gentle and the bird was absolutely fine after. I can’t speak as to how other bird dogs would react, and I considered us very, very lucky (and completely shocked)!

  5. If this guy can train finches to be this relaxed, he has my vote. The photos are adorable and none of them look like there is any danger to anybody. I feel certain he doesn’t leave them unsupervised together.

  6. I have a 30 year old Red-lored Amazon, Lemon, who has always had at least one cat in the house. Having a mixed marriage, (his folks were cat people, mine were bird people), we agreed to get one of each. I insisted on a kitten so it would grow up used to a bird. They were both 4 months old. The kitten was fascinated with the bird. She’d circle the bottom of the cage, jump up on top of it, and even go in it if the bird was out. One day I came home from work to find her asleep atop the birdcage, and the parrot, who had other lower perches to choose from, sitting on the highest one, right under the cat, seemingly unconcerned.

    Every subsequent kitten has gone through a similar fascination period with Lemon (one of them was 1 year old when we rescued him). It wears off quickly when they discover that she is not like the birds they see out the window, and can defend herself quite well. One good peck is all it takes for them to gain new respect for her. Ambivalence then sets in. It’s usually she that goes after them, not the other way around. Years ago, I was briefly concerned when we got a second cat (though my husband had assured me that they are solitary hunters and wouldn’t gang up on her), but one day I found the three of them sitting together, just calmly sitting. I thought “OK, I guess they had their chance. They could’ve eaten her if they wanted. Maybe it’ll be OK.”

    It has been OK. In 30 years we’ve never had a vet visit caused by a cat/bird altercation. Not even broken skin. I’m not saying there could never be a problem and I realize it probably wouldn’t work as well with smaller birds. We once reluctantly bird-sat our daughter’s kindergarten class finches over winter break (teacher said – “please, you’re bird people”). They didn’t last 2 days, as one of our cats knocked the cage off a high shelf and they both went on the chase. Luckily, we saved the finches and quickly re-homed them with another classmate for the duration. The three cats we currently have don’t mess with our much larger bird, so it continues to work for us.

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