In a pet shop in Browns Bay, Auckland named Snowy that I put in my first book, Bonkers. Or at least, I think he’s a Cockatiel? I have to thank my friend, Sharon, for providing the photo.
Snowy has lived at the pet shop for years and asks everybody to, “Givvusss a scratccch.” (Imagine drawn-out Cockatiel screech here). There’s a sign on the side of the cage warning that he bites but people still put their finger between the wires to scratch him, and do sometimes nipped. I get messages from people living on Auckland’s North Shore who have read Bonkers and know Snowy. They tell me how he is, that he hasn’t changed and is still a loopy Cockatiel with an attitude. So, if you live in the area and know Snowy, please drop me a line to let me know how he’s doing. And give him a scratch for me.