Live in a condo and can‚Äôt have dogs -- or even cats?¬† Or do you have to pop a few allergy pills on the way to your friend‚Äôs house because Mr. Whiskers climbs all over you?
Lots of animal-loving people can‚Äôt have traditional animals because of allergies, landlord restrictions or hectic lifestyles.¬† Here‚Äôs a great alternative: a bird!¬† More specifically, a dove like Angel, pictured above.¬† Doves make great companions, plus they‚Äôre pretty quiet and low maintenance.¬† Yes, they do require daily interaction and a little TLC, but they don‚Äôt need to be walked, and they won‚Äôt sit on your head in the morning (yes, I‚Äôm talking about you, Mr. Whiskers).¬† Doves live at least seven to 10 years and have been known to reach 25.
Most people don‚Äôt know that doves are extremely tame, and Ringneck doves, like Angel, don‚Äôt bite either. They are the most docile of all domestic birds and even a total stranger can reach into a cage and pick up a dove without creating panic or screeching.¬† They‚Äôre excellent for gentle children and surprisingly social.¬† Get two and watch them mimic each other and coo back and forth.¬†
The Wisconsin Humane Society has many other petite pals to visit.¬† Rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, domestic mice, hamsters and even cockatiels. They‚Äôre all in need of loving homes, so take a look at www.wihumane.org.