However, yesterday two visiting dogs, Nala and Puck, decided George might be good to eat.
George was perched on the metal bar at the base of his cage. The dogs charged. George stood his ground and yelled: OH, NO! HELP! OH, MY GOD!"
The dogs stopped in their tracks. Then they looked around to be sure they'd heard the bird right. No ventriloquists in the audience, which consisted of Lorry, me, and our miniature Dachsy, Mouse, who was horrified and wouldn't stop barking. Neither would Henri, our daughter's not-so-miniature hotdog.
The dogs took a tentative step forward.
George started to cry like a baby. Really loud.
The dogs backed up.
Lorry ran up to him and put him behind bars.
George was never so happy to be in jail. He shook his feathers, puffed them out, shook them again, and said "Hel-lo," in a sultry voice.
The dogs lay down and went to sleep.
We sat there, Lorry and I, thinking about the power of parrotspeak
.George attacking his favorite hand puppet