The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog (Paperback)

By Nancy Ellis-Bell

Broadway Books, 9780307406286, 256pp.

Publication Date: July 28, 2009



A touching, laugh-out-loud memoir that reminds us that love can come from the most unexpected places
Nancy Ellis-Bell has always had a love and a weakness for animals. She d already spent a lifetime taking in rescue animals when she and her husband brought home an exotic, wild-caught, one-footed macaw. And so it was that Sarah came into their lives and changed them forever.
Life with Sarah was anything but average. With a huge beak, raptor claws, and a four-foot wingspan, Sarah quickly staked her claim on anything and everything around, including the dogs toys, the humans food, and the prized furniture. But just when taking in this rowdy, unruly creature began to feel like an utter disaster, Nancy was able to coax Sarah to spread her atrophied wings weak from years of being confined to a cage and fly.

About the Author

NANCY ELLIS-BELL is a literary agent who lives in California with her husband, Kerry, and their menagerie of cats, dogs, and birds.

Praise For The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog

One of the Top 5 Nonfiction Books of the Year
Richmond Times-Dispatch

One of the Top 10 Sci-Tech Books of 2008

"Equally comical, affecting, and wrenching, The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog is a little charmer that reminds us of the love we owe our fellow travelers on Earth and the difference that love can make–in their lives and ours."
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Life with a macaw is always an adventure….Ellis-Bell captures this ongoing sense of discovery perfectly.”
—Booklist, starred review

“An amazing story full of intriguing characters, both human and animal, and a biologically accurate account of bird behavior. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Marc Morrone, pet expert on the Martha Stewart Show

“In The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog, Nancy Ellis-Bell shares the magic of making a truly singular connection with an exotic, intelligent, sensitive, and essentially wild creature. I can’t wait to share this book with my clients and friends.”
—Joel Blumberg, DVM, Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital

“Nancy Ellis-Bell has managed to capture on paper the trials and absolute splendor that so many go through when finding themselves being ‘owned’ by a feathered companion and shows how the experience can lead to a life of unconditional love and respect for these magnificent creatures.”
—Daniel Kopulos, veterinary technician and owner of Uptown Birds, New York City

“Ellis-Bell shows just how a macaw can steal your heart—and rule your life! Enjoy a glimpse of living with these wonderful birds.”
—Pat Surniak, president of the Redwood Empire Cage Bird Club, Santa Rosa, California

“Sarah is a delightfully mischievous creature the reader grows to love as Ellis-Bell did.”
Publishers Weekly