One of my favorite things about The Pet Shop was the talking birds. Aunt Vera had parakeets, cockatiels, canaries, parrots and a wonderful talking mynah bird. The mynah bird was “Baby Snooks.”
My favorite thing about Baby Snooks was one thing he would say. My aunt delights in recounting and laughing about the mynah bird. When a customer would look at the bird, it would say, “Buy a dog!” Aunt Vera also rescued a talking parrot at one point. The parrot had been in the home of someone who had colorful, blue language. She retrained the bird to have words and sentences that were more appropriate in a business.
In the picture that shows a young man holding a parrot you can see Baby Snooks in his cage in the lower right side of the picture. In the picture above Aunt Vera is posing with her favorite rescue dog, a Great Dane named Tish. She was before her time in rescuing and rehabilitating abused animals. She also desired to sell animals only to those who would take good care of them. Some birds were very costly. This picture is a sign that was in the parrot area. Remember that this was taken when $175 or $150 was a huge amount to pay for a bird. Of course, these birds would live a long time too.
Ms. Vera became my MOTHER-IN-LAW in 1992 she is one wonderful ,giving, caring person ,love her always. Nancy I was blessed to have her in my life. Still living in Wi.
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Hi.my name is Polly.And I so want to ADOPTED Red Macaw. I have a lot of time on my hands.I’m retired and lonely.and I need a friend.I love the Large Red Macaw,a baby, so I can teach my self.
Hi Polly, The Pet Shop is no longer in business. My post is capturing the history of the Waukegan Pet Shop my aunt owned several years ago. Wayne