|How We Became a Two-Dove Family.
||[Apr. 11th, 2010|11:18 am]
I'm new here! This community hasn't been updated in over a year but I hope I can change that a bit. Hopefully there are still some people reading around here. Hi, if you're out there!
Here is the story of how my family became the owners of 2 lovely white ringneck doves.
Last April, it was my sleep in morning, and my husband took the kids outside to play. As they were standing talking to the neighbors, a white dove landed in front of them, and hopped into my husband's hand. He held on to it, ran inside, and suddenly burst into the bedroom.
"Wanna see a magic trick?" he asked.
"You scared the crap out of me!" I screeched, jumping awake. I was a little annoyed because it was the one day per week I get to sleep in!
"I have a magic trick for you!" he said, then pulled his hand out from behind his back. Sitting on his palm was a beautiful white dove. Of course, I couldn't be annoyed with him THEN, because it was just too incredible.
We built a nice big cage for him, and my younger daughter, who had just turned 2 that week, named him "Mubcupk." The name stuck, and Mubcupk has now been with us for a year. At first, we did everything we could to find his owners (since he was obviously tame) and then to rehome him. But finally, we realized no one was looking for him, and we got attached to him. His "birthday" is April 18th.
That was how we got our first dove.
Yesterday I was out with the kids, and when we arrived home and pulled into the driveway, my heart leapt into my throat. A white dove was sitting on my porch. I said to the kids, "Either Mubcupk escaped, or there is ANOTHER white dove here." I got out of the car and walked slowly towards her. She flew to some oleander bushes where I easily caught her. I had to hold her in one hand while I unlocked the front door and took her through the house and out the backdoor. I put her in the cage with Mubcupk (we live in Tucson and the doves live outside year round). My five year old named her Rainbow (since her sister got to name Mubcupk, I let the other daughter name this one).
Both doves came to our house, tame and easy to catch, the Saturday following Easter. I imagine someone in town (a church, likely) is releasing a white dove on Easter Sunday. Sadly, these doves are not homing pigeons and cannot fend for themselves in the wild. I'm going to call some local churches and ask if they do a white dove release, and if they do, I will educate them about using a homing pigeon service instead of pet store ringneck doves. But I am glad, at least, that the dove ended up here, safe and sound, and she and Mubcupk are getting along well. He's been cooing and bowing to her all day. I can hear him out there right now. She's low on energy but I've put a variety of foods in there for her, including crumbled egg yolk, so she should perk up after she regains her strength. She looks healthy, just tired.
( A few pictures under the cutCollapse )