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Parrot Peaches likes tennis but not Andy Murray.

Pet's name: Peaches. Age: Seven.

Breed: Parrot. Owner: Hayley Peachey, 32, from Barry.

Owner's story: "I got Peaches on October 19, 2011. He made my life become colourful again.

"He likes to shower, watch tennis and football, and listen to rock music, but doesn't like sudden changes, like if you change your hair, or Andy Murray.

"When I came back home from a meal out, I had left the tennis on for Peaches, so I said: 'How was the tennis?' He replied: 's***'. Truth was he was right - Andy Murray had won.

"I remember the day when we watched Blues [Birmingham] in Europe together for the first time, I believe it was against Bruges, it was a special moment considering he never got to share the Blues winning the Carling Cup in 2011 with me. This was the next best thing.

"I have so many happy and funny memories of Peaches that I could write an essay but I won't. The best thing about Peaches is when you are having a serious conversation and he'll either butt in or laugh at an unfortunate time.

"Also the love he gives. People may think that a bird so small couldn't give as much love as a dog, trust me, I never thought a bundle of feathers could give love the way Peaches does.

"There is nothing bad about him, unless you call doing a rude thing on your hand as the worst thing.

"He is funny, he is quirky, he never fails to make me laugh.

"I am blessed to have him in my life. My love has become colourful again, before it was black and white.

"Without Doman, our first parrot, we wouldn't have had Peaches. In a way Doman guided Peaches to us. I guess people call it bittersweet. I always talk about Doman to Peaches, because though Doman was only part of our lives for three weeks and three days, he still has had an impact on my life now."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 21, 2018
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