"They told them the parrot had to go. The wife refused. The guy caught an avian infection and died after going home. I don't know if that was premeditated or not, but the story sent home the message. So, I had all my bird stuff taken down and cleaned up, and I avoided gardening and playing in my pond for a while...."
Also: "While we are on the subject of grossity and contact with it, I have a suggestion for dog owners...."
AND: Thanks to bagoh20 for the parrot story. Click on the link for the whole thing.