There are few things more rewarding to me than gaining the trust of a non-human in my care. I’ve learned through long experience that what is needed is patience and a genuine desire to see others content and at peace.
Kotori and Harumi are so comfortable with my presence now, and they both climb on my lap and settle down for long preening or napping sessions when I come in their room. It is just so enchanting to me as the preening slows, the feathers fluff, and their little eyes begin to close.
Each girl likes different things. Kotori enjoys being picked up and placed on my lap and once there, she wants long, full-body strokes. Harumi would much rather get where she is going by herself, and I respect this. She will stand by my side, pull herself to her full height, and leap up to land on my lap with peeps and fluffs which never fail to wake her companion. She enjoys having her neck and the very top of her head stroked until she, too, falls asleep.
I’m so glad to be providing Harumi and Kotori with what they need, but providing them with what they want is a better feeling still. I’m so honored to be able to create peace in their world. I just wish I could do the same for all of their brothers and sisters.
– Linda Nelson