Divatiel: Reflections of a bird’s companion is a fun book for your club to read. Quantity purchase discounts are available. Scroll to the bottom of the page for purchase options, or email for specific quantities or packages, including books, tiaras, shirts, tote bags or other fun items.
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Divatiel: Questions for book clubs
- Dogs and cats are definitely the most popular pets. In general, less than 10 percent of pet owners have birds. In her book, Cindi details what life can be like as a bird owner. After reading the book, would you consider having a pet bird, or are you strictly a dog/cat person? Do you have a specific type of fear regarding birds? Are there other pets you would consider and why?
- Cindi allowed Jake’ to set the schedule for the household. How much power do you give your pets in this regard? Do you consider a pet to be a pet, or do you treat your pet like a participating member of the family? Do you/would you allow your pet to run your household the way Jake’ did? Where do you draw the line?
- Lessons in life can be found all around us, and nature provides a free and ample opportunity to learn. Time and time again, Cindi felt she was learning from her interactions and observations of Jake’. Do you feel you can learn from your pets like the things Cindi learned from her bird, listed in the back of Divatiel?
- Our pets are often like children, and that prompts are creative side to blossom. Cindi made up all sorts of little ditties to sing to Jake’. Do you ever make up songs for your pet? What are they? How does your pet react?
- Pets, like humans, often receive nicknames based upon their looks or things they do. Jake’ had a number of nicknames from Cindi. She also taught her to understand simple terms such as “I’m in my office” or “Let’s take a nap.” Does your pet answer to nicknames or respond to non-traditional commands?
- Cindi had read that cockatiels have the brain power of a two-year-old child, so she talked to Jake’ in those terms. She also felt Jake’ was able to understand her emotional state, sometimes better than her human friends. Do you feel your pet understands you, that you can communicate with him/her?
- Some people are born into families with pets, others get them as adults and others are somewhere in between. How old were you when you had your first pet? How old do you think is a good age to get a pet? What responsibility do you think the owner has toward the pet? How much are children capable of caring for a pet?
- We love our pets, and the hardest part is saying good-bye. Cindi was blessed to have had Jake’ for over 17 years, a long time for many pet owners. One way she has coped was to write the book to share the story of Jake’ and bird ownership with others. What has been your experience with pet loss? How soon is too soon to welcome another pet into the family? Have you ever gotten a different type of pet instead, say a cat instead of a dog, or a lizard instead of a cat? What would you recommend to others as to how to cope?
- Cindi loved spending time with Jake’, no different than most other pet owners. What are some of the stories you most enjoyed in the book? What are some of your own experiences?