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A friend posted a link on facebook about a man who rescued a feral pigeon in distress 16 years ago and who still has the pigeon living with him. Whilst reading it I was so surprised to see the similarities of Bernie the pigeon to our Elmo. The emotions and interactions are the same. It’s uncanny.

Please read the delightful story, The Charm of a Pigeon, by Raymond P. Buchhol. Those of us who are blessed to share their lives with disabled pigeons will recognise the similarities and identify with many aspects of the story. For those who haven’t any dealings with pigeons or who might be sceptical of what sort of relationship you can have with one, the story will show how wonderful they are and how deep a connection you can have with a pigeon.

I would like to comment on a paragraph from the story:

“Picture yourself, say, on a Sunday afternoon after a good meal, resting on the sofa with this pigeon on your chest, rising and falling with every breath you take. His ash colored eyelids signal all is well. And together you doze. For a moment in space and time, you fold your wings and rest. You gently scratch his head and he grunts that everything is okay. And it is.”


I have watched Elmo and my husband in the very same mood and moment many a time. The trust and love is evident. The moment is simply too satisfying that you cannot move. Disturbing Elmo would be a crime. I find it so wonderful that other people have the same sentiments and experiences with pigeons.

Do you think Elmo would love to have a “Passion Cube” like the one that Raymond and his wife bought for Bernie? I do!

Bernie in his Passion Cube

And this photo of Bernie asleep is so like Elmo that they could be long lost brothers:

Bernie asleep