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TASC Midwest Bird Seminar

 

 

 

 

Thanks to TASC for sponsoring my visit

And a very special thanks to Sharon Wendt who worked so hard to make the visit such a success.  

 

 

In the course of the weekend, we worked with sixteen birds and saw some great progress.   Also, many who attended went home and made breakthroughs with  birds they previously couldn't handle.  Some of these are described below

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They Came, They Saw, They Cried

 

 

Sharon Wendt - Board Member, TASC (The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland)

 

May 30, 2005 - Hello Ken, I mentioned that I would be sending you an e-mail describing what I thought about your bird taming workshops at our TASC Midwest Bird Expo on May 21 & 22, 2005.  You are free to post it on your web site. 

I'm not sure there are words to describe it - Amazing?  Unbelievable?  Heartwarming? Magnificent?  Impressive beyond words? Nothing really expresses the feeling I got watching you work with birds that for one reason or another were fearful of getting close to their human caretakers. 

The love you showed for both the troubled birds and the anxious caretakers overwhelmed me.  These were people and birds you had never met before that day yet you showed such compassion for their plight and worked to relieve the anxiety of both bird and person. 

 More than a week has passed and I have to admit that I still have an unusual, but extremely good feeling.  I don't know how many people have had an experience in their life that has touched them in such a profound way that it will never be forgotten but I know I had that experience last weekend.  Yes, I was one of those crying - such tears of joy.  You experienced some nasty bites but you continued to work like nothing had happened with only the goal of maintaining complete safety for the bird and relieving the bird's fear and anxiety.  You obviously knew what you were doing as the end result was so heartwarming -seeing the birds being held and responding to their owners with such love and joy - I'm still talking about it to anyone that will listen.  (At a small bird event today, 7 people said they want to know when you will be back in the area as they want to attend your workshop)

As the person who did all the organizing and worked with you for the TASC Expo, I became very aware of the controversy surrounding you.  I received  very descriptive e-mails including threats of disruption by protestors, e-mails calling you everything under the sun, comments that you use welder’s gloves and personal attacks on your character.  Someone even used a fake name condemning you and praising another behaviorist (I traced it, and it turns out the email was sent by the behaviorist’s husband – talk about dirty tricks!).

Since I had never met you or observed a program or workshop, I decided I would wait to see for myself - always knowing that if I saw ANYTHING that didn't sit well with me, I could stop the program or workshop and refund any fees paid by the participants.  To those who know me, there is no question that I would never allow any bird (or person) to be harmed in any way.  Instead, I watched you in amazement 

I understand the seriousness of losing control of a companion bird and the end result of it being bounced from home to home.  Many of my birds are rescues due to behavior problems.  They are now my very much loved companions.   I understand the trauma they feel being shuffled around like used furniture.  To those of you who read this, the lies being told about Ken are unbelievable to the point of being ridiculous.  Welder’s gloves?  The gloves he "initially" uses (he only wears them with the worst biting birds, then takes them off after a few minutes) are a pair of soft, thin, unlined deerskin gloves - not much thicker than dress gloves!  (they stop some of the puncture and laceration - definitely not the pressure!)  Most of the attacks also stated you require a vet at each workshop - I guess he "forgot" to tell me that?  We did require that all birds be in good health and we had at least one bird who was in our workshop at an avian vet's suggestion - amazing how facts can get turned around, isn't it?  Breaking the birds’ spirit?  The only thing broken is the circle of fear the bird has been trapped in.  If you watched the birds closely you could see their eyes change and it was almost like the bird looked around and said "Wow, this is ok!  That scratch on the back of my head sure felt good!”  “Think I can sucker that guy to give me another one?”  Ok, so I'm putting words in the birds’ beaks but that is exactly how I read the eyes and expressions of the birds at the workshop.  Instead of breaking their spirits, you’re releasing them from their prisons of fear. 

I would urge everyone, please, if you have a troubled bird – an aggressive biter, one that likes only one person, or one that’s terrified - sign up for a Ken Globus workshop when he is in your area.  If he isn't scheduled, get a group together and sponsor him - you won't be disappointed!   In fact, you’ll be amazed.  Put aside everything you have heard, negative comments and even my positive comments, just go with a totally open mind and see for yourself.  You will probably be the next person writing a letter to Ken telling what a wonderful experience you had.  If you are reading this, you must either have a bird or be a bird lover.  Even if you have the sweetest bird in the world, you never know when you could run into problems or have the opportunity to help someone else with a troubled companion.  And with his techniques you can do just that. 

We’re so pleased with the results that we’ll be bringing Ken back to the Chicagoland area.  If you would like to be contacted, or if you have any questions, I am giving Ken permission to post my email address on his site.   Please put Ken Globus in the subject line so I don't delete it by accident.

 Sharon Wendt, Board Member - TASC (The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland) and a Ken Globus Supporter for life after watching a first hand experience!  SharW4147@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Crean, President TASC Board of Directors

 

"Our members and Expo attendees received great results from Ken's workshop and methods and continue to voice progress with their birds.  One comment continually resonates from the mouths of the participants:  his methods didn't make anyone uncomfortable.  He works carefully and slowly with each bird, allowing them to ease into the process.  Many people and their birds could benefit from these techniques to overcome major obstacles."

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings Ken! I'm the one who broke down like a blubbering idiot and cried tears of joy over the beautiful, sweet Cockatoo you brought back from it's dark dungeon of fear...... the one with Skully, my dear, sweet gentle giant Yellow Crowned Amazon that would have liked to have had my husband for lunch.  Do you know that she stepped up for 3 different men at the workshop that she had never met before?  Pretty amazing for the queen of the Maneaters.  Thanks, so much, for your dedication to reaching the birds no one else seems to be able to reach.  Lisa Garman, IL

 

 

 

I am so glad I took that workshop on Saturday.  Charlie has been a (sweetheart) at home since we took him to Ken.  We have been working with him here with both Jon and I in the room and he is a totally different bird.  He hasn't lunged at anyone when they came into the office. 

I have been using the techniques on my two small birds and with great success.  I can now hold my Sun Conure, Sunny, on his back in the palm of my hand.  I can do the same with the Quaker.  Neither one wanted to be touched or stroked very much before.  We work a little every day with them and we are amazed and the changes in them.  Linda Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Sharon:  This email is to personally thank you and TASC for hosting Ken Globus's presentation and workshop.  I attended both the Saturday presentation and Sunday workshop.  Although this is the third Ken Globus workshop I have attended, I have gained new knowledge and techniques every time I have the opportunity to attend his sessions.  Mr. Globus is not only highly skilled and knowledgeable, but has the instructional and human relations skills to effectively communicate his vast wisdom and techniques.  One of the things that stands out in his seminars is his love for birds, and his sensitivity and compassion for the birds' physical and emotional well being during the interactions. 

My husband, who is a novice bird handler, gained a great deal of confidence in his own ability to work with our birds after observing and working with Ken.  Both the novice and experienced bird owner has a great deal to gain from attending sessions with the master teacher.  As a retired professional educator, I have always believed that the validity of an instructor's competency lies in their ability to get results - I saw those results in our Sunday session and in my work with my own birds after my first seminar with Ken. 

I was especially impressed by Ken's willingness to provide gratis follow-up consultation for individuals in the seminars who worked with their birds in the session.  Obviously, Mr. Globus's continued concern for the well being of both the birds and handlers is paramount.  I applaud TASC for providing us with the opportunity to work with this master teacher...thank you!  Dr. Sandra L. Gould, Joliet, IL

Another email from Dr. Gould:

Dear Ken:  I would like to thank you personally for coming to Chicago with your workshop.  The next time you come to the area I will attend your workshop for the fourth time.  You are indeed a master teacher and each time I am in your workshop I not only revisit what I have previously learned, but pick up additional knowledge and skills.  I always leave your workshops feeling more grounded with greater confidence in my own ability to work with my birds. Watching your technique is as enlightening as listening to the information you present.  Please use my name if you like and any words I have written on your web site. 

For the record, when I refer to you as a "master teacher" I know what I am talking about.  After a Ph.D. and ten years in public education, I went to the private sector and worked for 19 years in communications for Exelon Corporation.  There I had the opportunity to write executive speeches, NRC testimony, video scripts, advertising, brochures, etc.  I also coached executives on their delivery of information to make them more effective speakers.

Since retiring, I am working with Dr. Karen Becker - I have edited her brochures and presentation literature and am currently editing a book she is authoring on a holistic approach to maximizing pet wellness.  I just saw Karen today and it is indeed a small world - the couple in our workshop with the blue and gold that loved the wife and disliked the husband were her clients that she sent to you.  I reported the success that they had with the husband being able to handle the blue and gold.....Karen was absolutely delighted.

I wish you the best in your endeavors, thank you profusely for sharing you wisdom and techniques, and look forward to attending many Ken Globus seminars. Sincerely, Dr. Sandra L. Gould, Joliet IL

 

 

 

 

 

I attended your informative workshop at the TASC Bird Show.  Mai Tai, my Blue Front Amazon, was seventeen years old when I purchased him.  He had not been handled in a long time.  I attempted, many times to calm him where I could put him on my hand (from in the cage as well as when he was out of the cage).  He would bite every time, breaking skin on all occasions.  He has been termed by family as "vicious" and they would tell me to "get rid of him". 

At your training seminar, I found your talk to be extremely informative.  You really hit it on the head, describing the 3 fears.  I did not realize how much I feared my bird.  I also realize that I was re-enforcing the bird’s biting habits.  You helped me, one on one, to get past my fears. I am so grateful.

At your seminar we found out that Mai Tai's biggest fear is coming out of the cage by hand.  Once he was out of the cage, we found he was a good bird and a big baby.  He loves to be touched and makes baby sounds as he is being petted.  You showed me different techniques to get him out of the cage gently and "without fear", so that we can enjoy each other.  I can now take him out of his cage by hand, and am able to give him the love he wants.  My family is totally amazed as well.

I also want to let you know that besides the work you did with me and my bird, I was totally entranced watching you with the other variety of birds you worked with that day.  There were so many different species of birds, and I was surprised at all the different problems people faced.  Your care and love for all the birds and their owners was inspirational.  You not only worked with the birds individually but also with each owner individually along with their birds.  You really do care for each person and bird, showing that you truly want each of them to have a bond with their bird.

It was such an enjoyable experience that I would love to attend again, even though I don't need it for my bird, but because I enjoyed watching you work with all the birds and seeing the pleased, happy faces around the room as the bird and owners bonded.

I get so excited and emotional knowing that I can provide so much more joy and love to Mai Tai.  You have changed our lives for the better.  Thank you so much!! 

Linda Haarmans, Naperville, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Ken, Your workshop was truly a great experience. Those five hours just "flew" by.  I look forward to doing it again the next time you're in the Chicago area.  Thank you again.  John Yeager 

 

 

 

 

"The Brother Love Ken Globus Traveling Salvation Show"

 

Hi Ken,  I am George Janiec, the only guy in the wheelchair at that workshop.  I was initially quite skeptical in that the scenario for the workshop was quite informal. Many workshops, even those not avian related, always give the impression of being informal but are nothing more than a dressed down ruse for a formal seminar. They in turn usually are quite dry, packed with information that is above the head of the attendee and is nothing more than an exercise in academic boredom or muscle flexing by the instructor. This was quite different. In that it was truly informal, hands on and filled with a lot of information that was presented so that even young children could understand and absorb its content. This was especially true in the hands on portion where nothing was scripted and it required implementation of the presented information and techniques. Also the very fact that not only were the bird owners asked to exercise the presented skills but other participants were asked to be involved with birds other than their own. These skills, along with some of the speaking techniques, indicated that the presenter is extremely knowledgeable and confident in his material and is a dynamic teacher.

Effective teaching incorporates an eclectic variety of skills that cannot necessarily be quantified or taught. It requires more than technical aptitude. It involves personality and character, which is something that can't be learned. I feel that you possess all of these attributes and a true love for what you do, which makes this a very informative, entertaining and unforgettable experience. I know this for a fact, and not conjecture, because I was a successful formally trained educator. I also have very strong organizational and leadership skills, which I used very successfully in life and my work career before an unfortunate vehicular accident forced me into early retirement. I know what constitutes a successful public presentation and therefore I attended one on May 22nd. Hats off to you...

I attended the workshop blind. This means that I did not know anything about you, your techniques any controversial elements and website. So I was completed unbiased. I found that some of your proven techniques I had already been using as I discovered them on my own.

The impressions and observations I take away from your workshop were very rewarding. So much so that I will strongly, highly recommend attendance to everyone one I know, bird fancier or not. The value for the hands-on workshop is exceptional. You stay until you get all your fears, questions and problems resolved for your particular bird. And it is not just a "well we've stopped at your spot and lets move on" kind of deal.  You come back and check up on each individual after the initial contact, offer an opportunity to work with other birds/problems if desired and emphasize follow up with you personally.

When it is all over and done with I feel I have just made a good friend. It was like having lunch with a good neighbor and getting a chance to discuss and solve some overwhelming problems. It felt like after the lunch was over the problems weren't so overwhelming and the answers were easier than perceived. I think one of the other things that makes it more of personal, even a religious, experience is the fact that it over hope for those who know only frustration. It is a frustration that is connected with something they love and just can't find even the slightest glimmer of salvation. Perhaps the workshop should be renamed as "The Brother Love Ken Globus Traveling Salvation Show". 

Since those are emotionally based concepts, hope and salvation, your techniques/working philosophy/ workshop is very powerful. There is good reason for all your critics to shake and tremble in their boots. First and foremost you threaten them personally and their hidden agendas. We all want to feel that our way is the right way and when these self-proclaimed experts are contested it becomes a personal affront. Just like a bird, their egos are threatened and there is no room for another one in their cage. Second, it probably means that it will cut into their hidden agenda, the almighty dollar. This is even a stronger motivator than ego. You are coming at them much like your "crystal ball" technique. 

Also the techniques you provide, along with some of the philosophy, promotes out of the box thinking, encourages the follow up of successful actions which contradicts all of the current "let's wait and see while not upsetting junior" attitudes by the bird world experts. People appreciate the fact that they only have so many years to live and they can't wait half of their lifetime for their hobby to finally come around provide the satisfaction it was intended to produce in the first place. 

Being in a wheelchair I am at a bigger disadvantage than most bird fanciers. After all you can't get physically much smaller than me and besides I won't be getting any taller in the near future. So your techniques, some of which I have discovered due to my handicap, are even more meaningful and helpful.

So, I'm on the bandwagon Brother Love, Ken Globus. I will be spreading the word of your work throughout the land. I wait for the next reasonably located workshop in the Chicago area so that I can learn even more.  Thanks for the experience and the memories, Thanks for the hope and salvation.  Thanks.  George T. Janiec

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was at the workshop and was blown away.  If Ken does make it back to Chicago please let me know.  I will be bringing a bird.  The entire seminar was very impressive.  Thank you, Claudia West

 

 

 

 Jon and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.  We no longer fear the beaks like we did and we have made some progress with our red-masked conure, Dilly. 

We learned a lot from watching you and had a good time, too.  Your techniques were most gentle and the results astounding!  I have gone into chat rooms and spread the word about your work.  I would like to see you again a little closer to home if ever possible.  Kim Netzinger, Racine, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken, As always, you are amazing with the birds you work with.  We have been to two of your seminars, but this is the first workshop we attended.  We brought our Yellow Collard Macaw "Ozzy" and the turn around on the relationship between Mike and Ozzy was awesome!!  He went from barely a one person bird to cuddling like a baby in Mike's and Sharon's arms!  We learned so much in your workshop and can only keep on improving the lives of the rest of our flock also.  We are looking forward to seeing you again and will spread the word about your amazing techniques.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  Mike & Mary, Joliet, Illinois

 

 

 

Really, the most impressive part of the workshop was a little (Goffins) Cockatoo which was extremely hand shy. It had been through a trauma of sorts 4 years prior and was scared to death of hands ever since. He had been messing around at the computer while his owner was using it and somehow had fallen into the drawer that the keyboard sits on and got himself caught in there and couldn't get out. It took the owner quite a while to free it but by the time he did, the bird was traumatized and no one could handle him from that day on. It took Ken about 30 min to break through to this beautiful creature and to show it that it didn't have anything to fear. Oh my gosh, the transformation was incredible... this bird went from "Pyscho bird"... NO exaggeration... to the most peaceful, loving creature. Almost all of us were able to get him to step up for us and he was actually laying in people's laps snuggling. I fell apart... I started crying.... it really was something

You will, no doubt, hear negatives about him. All I can say is, reserve judgement until you see him for yourself.... that's what I did and I'm glad I did.  Lisa G

 

 

 

 

 

 

A report from Karen Walker

 

I went to the Ken Globus (The Bird Whisperer) TASC sponsored workshop on 5/21/05.  I did not know what to expect but I decided to go with an open mind.  What I saw was at moments tense, then enlightening and finally exhilarating.

I arrived at the workshop site at 8:30AM.  Most of the birds were checked in and the final room set up was being performed.  Ken was meeting people and parrots, listening to the concerns and expectations of the people in attendance.  He was answering questions and giving handling tips.      I got the impression that he truly cares about the birds and their families.

When the workshop started he explained his technique and what to expect, he also told the owners of the birds to let him know if what they saw disturbed them.  He was careful not to “push” anyone harder than was necessary – people or parrots.

His techniques are explained on his web page, but to see him in action is quite enlightening.

When the workshop starts the first thing that has to be done is remove the bird from its cage.  After studying the bird’s body language Ken offered the bird his bare hand.  Most of the birds stepped up after a squawk, flutter or mild bite.  The exception was a Goffins Cockatoo who fluttered and squawked when anyone came near its cage. Ken offered this bird his bare hand, after he taped up a bloody bite he put on a pair of thin leather gloves and gently removed the bird from the cage by cupping the bird under the belly with its legs between the fingers of one hand and guided the bird through the cage door with the other hand.  He was calm and deliberate with his actions.  He stressed that our birds should step up when asked.  If you can not get a bird out of its cage the bird may remain frightened or aggressive and not become a member of your family or “flock”.

He then held each bird on his hand for a few minutes.  If the bird tried to bite he gave his hand a mild “quake” and a “no” command, if the bite was committed the response is an exaggerated wing flap. If the parrot persisted in biting attempts he let it bite his gloved index finger, placed his thumb on the upper beak to control the bite and spoke gently to the bird for a few moments.  He explained that if the parrot can not control the bite and it has no effect it will be hesitant to bite again.

  This process included what he called “pressure on”, “pressure off” this involved looking at the bird out of the corner of his eye, looking away or lifting it above his head when the body language showed fear, lower it and glance at it again, observe the reaction, and take it to the safe place if there is fear, repeat until the bird calms down and its body language shows that the bird is becoming comfortable with him.  Most of the birds needed only a few wing flaps, a few times at the “safe” place and kind words to become calm.  When the bird has calmed down he put it on a T stand. The T stand was at chest level.   For the majority of the birds these first steps were done with no gloves or the gloves were removed after the initial greeting.  He did receive a few bites but did not react to them other than to put the bird down, stop the bleeding, and start again. The Goffins cockatoo did require him to wear thin leather gloves for part of the training session. He removed the gloves when the cockatoo’s body language became more relaxed

The T stand training starts with “the bubble of fear” Ken moved his hands near the bird to find the edge of its comfort zone.  He moved slowly, watching the body language and proceeds with his pressure on pressure off techniques.  He called this “Progressive Desensitization” push the bird a little bit and back off.  Pressure on; he moved his body within 12-18 inches from the bird, reached slowly toward the bird while talking to it, studying the body language. Pressure off; he looked away, turned his back to the bird or walked away a few steps. He repeated this process slowly until each bird was comfortable with his touch.  Each bird dictated his reaction and timing.  He was careful to keep the energy level as low as possible. Another technique in this process was “The fist of Iron” he brought the back of his closed fist slowly to the bird and see if or how aggressively he bites.  He also did this with the top of his head or the flat of his palm to see how committed the bird is to biting without risking a severe bite. 

His pressure on, pressure off technique was interesting.  He would “ask” a bird to turn or move with a slow moving hand at the edge of the birds “bubble” or comfort zone.  He would stop a bird from running up his arm with a simple open hand finger wiggle.  When a bird managed to flutter to his shoulder he calmly removed it with a slowly executed “ear swipe” Palm of the opposite hand starting at the top of his head and slowly moving the palm (with elbow forward) along the side of his face, (looking away from the bird) down his neck, across the shoulder until the bird steps up.  If the bird ran across his back he slowly backed up to a wall, allowing the bird to come back to his shoulder and tried again with his back tight to the wall.  All moves were executed slowly and calmly, Ken stressed never raise your voice or your hand to a bird and if things get too tense BACK OFF and bring the energy level down.  Ken did back off (pressure off) but he did not give up on any of the birds.  They all responded with signs of fear & aggression diminishing and body language becoming calmer.

Some of Ken’s desensitization techniques looked odd for this first time observer but other than a few barks, flutters and bites the birds adjusted amazingly quickly.  He held the Conures loosely cupped in his hand to calm them, he gently patted the Macaws backs until they lifted a wing for a scratching or tilted their head to get a feather ruffle.

The truly amazing part of the day was when each of the people was asked to hold their own bird.  Several of the parrots in the workshop had not been handled by anyone for years and a few of them had never been calmly held.  Yet each person was able to handle their own bird and gently pass it to another by the end of the workshop.  Ken demonstrated proper step up commands and techniques, stressing that you have to be a firm perch and “melt away” the perch the bird is stepping from.  Some of the parrots’ families had tears of joy and relief to be able to handle their bird and see the fear subside. 

The final portion of the workshop was spent talking about behavior problems and a group discussion on how to solve them.  Ken did not hesitate to explain that some of the perceived problems were normal parrot behavior and needed to be accepted.  During this open forum Ken would stop and correct some of the people’s handling techniques, his attention was always directed toward the parrots and how we interacted with them. He stressed that this was not an instant fix and we needed to be patient and continue working with our birds.  He also gave his phone number to the people who had brought birds to the work shop and asked them to call him if they needed help.  He assured them that the follow up calls were free for a specified number of weeks.   The workshop broke up at approximately 4:30 PM when there were no more questions and the people were satisfied with there progress. Ken stayed to address individual questions and concerns.  Karen Walker, Bird lover

 

 

 

 

Dear Ken, After attending your workshop, we came home to play with our birds.  We have two Congo Greys, a female (I've had since she was weaned) she is seven, also a 17 year old male I was given, and have had since Dec. of last year, and our two year old Quaker male, who's a trip all by himself. 

We applied what we learned, although a bit hesitant we have made progress.  My 17 year old has been the most remarkable.  His entire life he has never let anyone pet his back.  I am now stroking down his back, he has been regurgitating on my hand, (it is spring) he has a new confidence.  He is becoming playful and sweeter by the day.  It was as if his eyes took on a new brightness.  I kid you not!

Thank you so much for the work you're doing, it's exciting to see a bird relax, and become a beloved pet again. …it was a real treat to watch you in person, as I have been following your work for some time now. Sincerely, Margie Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken, How can I ever say Thank You enough.  Judy Geary

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with your workshop.  I attended without a bird and gained quite a bit of knowledge and faith that my birds can be tamed.  This is exactly what I had hoped for.  It was amazing to see how you transformed birds that did not seem like they could be handled to loving friends.  I did not know what to expect nor had I heard of any controversy.  There was no abuse or cruelty.  What I found was a man who cares about our relationships with our wonderful and intelligent feathered friends. 

I no longer have a fear of being bitten after I saw you work with the birds.  That was my largest fear that has kept me away from working with birds that do not want to be handled.  I have been bit many times.  Now I learned from you not to pull away in fear and reinforce that biting will send me running.  I actually let a Green Wing Macaw bite my arm and did not freak out or quickly yank my arm away.  This has allowed me to become closer to this bird since she is not seeing as much fear out of me. 

I would definitely want to attend future workshops that you would have in this area.  I do feel it would be beneficial to participate with one of my birds; the hands on experience would help tremendously.  I feel the fee is worth it and would also want my boys to attend.  I think the more people that know your techniques the better.  You allow the birds and owners to have a future with love and happiness.

 I expected minimal hands on training for those without birds based on the information that was sent out.  The only suggestion I would have for future workshops would be some hands on time for all participants...

 I look forward to meeting you again and updating you on my success.  Please keep up the good work!  Thank you!!  Susan Nugent 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning Ken!!  Just wanted to write and let you know that all is well in our house since Charlie, Jon and I came to see you at the TASC Bird Expo on the 21st of May this year.

I was glued to your every word and motion when working with all of the birds, especially little Bubba with all of his phobias.  What a wonderful thing you did for him and his family.  I came home and immediately started working with our other birds and trained my daughter to handle them the same way that you demonstrated.  She is so much happier with her two birds since learning your methods.  Our household has been a much happier place to be since all of the birds are so well behaved and HAPPY to be stroked and
petted and loved by all of us humans here.  Believe me, their spirit is NOT broken, just enhanced by their enthusiasm to be loved.  I find that they trust us so much more because of the work we have done with them.

I wish the "Nay Sayers" would come to a workshop with you and learn your methods for themselves.  I think they would find that they have been very wrong and that they would finally embrace your ideas for training the birds already in captivity. I think that more humans should be trained not to fear but to love these beautiful creatures and not abuse them but to be in awe of their intelligence and their creativity. 

Thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance trying to train us dumb humans to appreciate our feathered kids.  Take care, Linda, Jon and "Charlie" Phillips
 

 

 

 

Please forgive me Ken, as I haven't had the chance to give you feedback in a timely manner for the Seminar/Workshop you gave at the TASC Bird fair at DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL back in May 2005. But please know I HAVE been singing your praises, telling the stories, and giving out your website address to all who will listen. 

Please continue your good works, bringing birds & their owners together. You areI guarantee when you reach the Pearly gates, St. Francis of Assisi will be there to greet you!  Keep up the good work; can't wait to see you again the next time you're in my area.
Fondly, Marge Kosmala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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