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Nico's Keeper

Josh's biggest fan in the smallest body

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Nico (nee-co) is a Congo African Grey parrot. I am his keeper.

He came to me 9 months ago, plucked and as ugly as a recently hatched chick. He was eight years old at the time, and had suffered horrible abuse and neglect in his short life. Not having wing feathers or a tail, Nico could not balance well, and often fell.

A few months ago, I put in a Josh CD, and as Un Dia Llegara began to play, Nico bagan to sing.

Something clicked then for Nico. He has to have Josh playing all the time! He sometimes sings with Josh, sometimes with the drums or violins, and usually ahead of the actual music. It's very entertaining!

I could share stories of Nico and his fascination with Josh daily. For example, last week Nico actually wanted me to hold him (odd, as he hates me!), I brought him out so we could sit in a recliner and relax. Silly me! I did not have one of his Josh DVDs playing! Wrong move on my part! I watched as he looked at the tv, it hit him that Josh wasn't on, he turned to me, and bit my neck. I looked like a vampire had bit me!

Today, I didn't turn Josh on fast enough. Nico went after the stereo. He quit as soon as Josh started singing!

Nico now has a tail, and has wing feathers. He still has issues, but as long as he has his Josh playing, he's a happy boy! (I'm happy too! Nico has TASTE!!!)

Josh, did you know your voice could heal? THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful gift of music with the world, and for helping an abused little bird find something to find comfort in.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude from Nico

(and me, his lowly keeper!)

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That is such a funny story. It would be great to see a video of Nico listening to Josh.

Parrots are known to be intelligent and apparently, yours also has good taste in music. :)

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Oh yes, it's funny and a real proof for healing energy of Josh's voice and music. Why it should work only with people and not also with animals! Please film him and put it on youtube, if you can. It would be nice. :)

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I would love to share a video of Nico. Tonights performance would have been perfect. He was playing the part of master percussionist, while my macaw did his best Chris Botti imitation.

Alas, Nico is a bit shy. He stops singing if even I look at him during a "performance". I'm working on getting him used to having a camera in his room so someday soon I can turn it on and get a great video.

It may take a while, but I'll get one up as soon as I can.

A message to all from Nico, "Kiss!" (followed by a kiss sound of course)

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My Bad!!!

In my rush to get to work yesterday, I failed in my duty to turn Josh on before I left :o. When I got home, I found all Nico's wing feathers on his cage floor :(. Tonight will be Josh on the big screen all evening long :D!

I can tell I won't get anything else done around here, I'll be just as glued to the tv as Nico :P! Ah. . . it's going to be a WONDERFUL evening!!!

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I read somewhere some time ago about Josh's music being played at night at an animal shelter. The person who wrote about it was a volunteer there and she said that they played his music at night because it calmed the animals so they could go to sleep. It shows just how special Josh's voice is.

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OMG!!! I just finished watching the Afghanistan servicemen spoof of Lady Gaga's "Telephone".

Nico and Santo are both MAD!!! I'd better turn on "the screen" and crank up the Josh!

Gotta make things right in our world!

I should say too, that if I CRANK Josh, Nico lets me hold him now. . . but only when I really boost the volume! I get growled at if I turn Josh down or even threaten to!

**still working on the video. Nico's gf will be over Sunday after I finish at the gym, so maybe she can talk him into letting us video him. She wants to watch Avatar on "the screen", so maybe she'll have to get Nico to sing on video first!**

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I just finished listening to Hidden Away which of course I had to crank for Nico. No kidding, he went NUTS!

Whistling and dancing. Any time and all the time is Josh time at our house!

Nico and I are going crazy here waiting for the new album. WOW!!!

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Oh dear, Nico is upset! We of course watched Josh on Good Day LA, and Nico heard Josh tell Steve he could have the first copy of the new album. So between that and the fact that Josh's time (on the show) was way too short, Nico is a bit mad. He wants MORE JOSH!!!. . . . . . then again, who doesn't??

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Nico has two new phrases. The first is "Hi Boys". Because I'm always saying that. And the second, and I'm not sure where he got it, is "Hi Gorgeous!" I wonder if he was talking about Josh's luxuriously gorgeous voice. It was after all, right after I turned the boys' stereo on. . . playing Josh of course!

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Ok, so, I'm not going to guarantee anything, but I'm going to attempt to post a couple pictures of Nico. The first one is about three days after I got him, and the second is about two months after I figured out he's a HUGE Josh fan.

Alright, here goes. . . . but NO GUARANTEES!! I'm totally computer stupid!

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Well that only took FOREVER and didn't work out how I wanted it too.I wanted the actual pictures here. Hmm. Whatever.

I told you I'm computer stupid........

*sigh* Maybe by next year I can figure out how to get a video on here!

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OMG! i´m so glad nico found josh´s music nd was able to heal and found joy in life again .... i think in little time he will trust people again and be comletely happy with you.... we are going to need to work on special permission so he can go to a josh concert when the new cd is out, he´s a true fan! :D please do your best to get him on film so we can enjoy his performance.... wich josh songs he likes the best?

btw, what´s your name?

greetings from argentina

Mar

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For the first time in three weeks I went to work today. I JUST got home, and plugged in "Closer". Nico, bless his little soul, for the very first time EVER, sang words! He usually clicks or beeps or makes noise to the music, but today sang "I feel myself surrender...". I had just jumped on the treadmill, but had to jump off to share!

I did manage to get a video of him dancing to Josh yesterday......still haven't figured out how to post it. I'll try in a little bit. It's been too long (3 weeks) since I last got a decent workout in, so I'm getting back on the TM for now. I'll only do an hour, so I'll try posting the video after that.

WOOHOO!!

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Ok, I'm simply going to hang my head in shame, blush, and again, readily admit I am outright computer STUPID. I cannot figure out the video thing. So to heck with it. Before I huck my computer out the window I'm going to give up. Perhaps someday..................

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My bad.........

Apparently I have proven myself a lummox. In my haste to share my sweet Nico with everyone, I failed to bear in mind his fragility. :(

Tuesday I set up the camera, turned it on and walked away. The video I previewed yesterday was no less than very disturbing. The discourteous invasion of his world caused him to begin a new pernicious behavior.

Nico danced, but followed each dance move with a violent attack upon himself. He was grooving to the tune, but was very unhappy with the camera.

I cannot in good conscience (and so will not) try again.

Today (17 June), marks his one year adoption date (He came to me a year ago today). He has made great progress but is not, nor is he likely to ever be 100%.

With his best interest in mind, I do not plan to take more video.

~Besides, my computer skills barely allow me to post text here, trying to get video to post makes me want to toss the computer out the window. :wacko:

Perhaps there will be a day when the opportunity for another video attempt will arise, in which case I will (try to) share it. Maybe by then I will have figured out this goofy electronic device! :huh:

Nico will forever be a huge fan of Josh, and I will be forever grateful for the happiness Josh has brought (and continues to bring) to Nico.

From Nico a kiss; From me, my thanks for letting me share Nico's story.

Lisa

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Nico's latest is yelling "Shut Up" if music is playing and it isn't Josh, yelling "Peek-A-Boo" if the music changes from Josh to anything else (that's annoying!), and asking "Are you ok?". I wonder if the last is a check on my mental status....why in the world would I ever put in anything but Josh??? (Stupid human)

Nico has gotten spoiled in the past month, I've been laid up at home with a back injury, so he's gotten to hear Josh with the volume cranked all day every day.

I think he's mad at me now because I went to the gym (where I work), and was gone all day.

I'll be home tomorrow so he can have Josh cranked all day. He'll be happy again.

Ah. . . . boys. (And the things we do for love!)

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Nico's latest is yelling "Shut Up" if music is playing and it isn't Josh, yelling "Peek-A-Boo" if the music changes from Josh to anything else (that's annoying!), and asking "Are you ok?". I wonder if the last is a check on my mental status....why in the world would I ever put in anything but Josh??? (Stupid human)

Nico has gotten spoiled in the past month, I've been laid up at home with a back injury, so he's gotten to hear Josh with the volume cranked all day every day.

I think he's mad at me now because I went to the gym (where I work), and was gone all day.

I'll be home tomorrow so he can have Josh cranked all day. He'll be happy again.

Ah. . . . boys. (And the things we do for love!)

What a sweet!!! hahahah... Loved it! Thank you for sharing!

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Well tonight seems to be a prime night for a Nico update.

I had just put on my sweatshirt to go feed the horses when Nico decided to climb on my arm and up to my shoulder. Oh man......I had my hood up, and I left it up......I brought Nico out to the living room, hoping he might get on the arm of a chair (and off me!), But Noooooo, he cocked his head at the tv then turned his evil "Where's Josh?" eye at me. Once again, MY BAD!! I did not have Josh playing on the tv. Will I never learn?? (last time this happened I sported a vampire looking bite on my neck that lasted a couple weeks)

I knew I had to move and move fast or endure the wrath of a very angry mini-Grobanite! I talked him through my actions (he scares very easily) as I searched the entertainment center for his favorite dvd, An Evening in New York.

Hoping I could find Josh before I got bit, I got a little speedy, and Nico nearly tumbled from my shoulder. I felt the pinch of him hanging on. (Oh I love the thick sweatshirts we must have here in the NW!) Nico got himself perched back on my shoulder, and as quick as I could, I got the dvd in and rolling!

Nico would not relent and relieve me of his presence, until he had gotten to see Josh sing a couple songs. Then Nico got happy (I guess), did the horny love stance on my shoulder and started to bite and yank on my hood. Fearing he would shred the hood, and I'd be next, I took him back in to his room, and attempted to put him on his playstand. He went willingly. AMEN!!!

So, I made it through a close encounter of the Nico kind without a scratch and I'm breathing again. Sweet.

THANK YOU JOSH!!!

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Ok, Update #2 for tonight:

Josh is still playing away, Nico is singing. . . well it sounds like a monkey singing to Mi Morena, but anyhow, it's Nico. He's very happily singing away, and getting better at putting real words in. He's just booping, clicking, humming and whistling along, then suddenly he screams "COURTNEY!!!!" - I about spit my drink across the room laughing!!!

(Courtney is his girlfriend. He really loves her. The other day he was chattering away, when I heard him say "Nico. Girlfriend's here". I looked out the window, and said, "No she's not". He let out a mournful "Ohhhh.")

Nico may scare the boogers out of me, but he's entertaining to have around!

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Ok, Update #2 for tonight:

Josh is still playing away, Nico is singing. . . well it sounds like a monkey singing to Mi Morena, but anyhow, it's Nico. He's very happily singing away, and getting better at putting real words in. He's just booping, clicking, humming and whistling along, then suddenly he screams "COURTNEY!!!!" - I about spit my drink across the room laughing!!!

(Courtney is his girlfriend. He really loves her. The other day he was chattering away, when I heard him say "Nico. Girlfriend's here". I looked out the window, and said, "No she's not". He let out a mournful "Ohhhh.")

Nico may scare the boogers out of me, but he's entertaining to have around!

How sweet, animals do learn quickly and your nico has really a good taste for music, i dare say!! Keep us updated!

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