Staffordshire bull terrier takes parrot for walk in Leicester

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August can be quiet news-wise, so we're glad to be able to bring you the tale of a wolf-whistling parrot who likes to ride on the back of a staffie.

Dudley the Staffordshire bull terrier and Cracker the African Grey are owned by Bunny (full name Bernard Chamberlain).

The 53-year-old took the dog on as a favour to a relative four years ago.

"Now Dudley will come over, sit by my knee when she's on me, he'll kiss and lick her," he says.

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"Cracker was here first, then I had Dudley. I thought, 'I've got to do something to make sure he doesn't hurt her'," says the landscape gardener and bricklayer.

"I started by feeding them in the same room, and Cracker was always with me. They got used to each other very quickly."

Now the Staffie is only happy on his walks when the bird is on his back.

He wears a harness to stop her flying too far and getting lost.

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"People come over and ask me how long it took to train Dudley," said Mr Chamberlain.

"I have a joke and tell them, 'It's taken 10 parrots, but he's all right now'."

When she's not on one of these walks Cracker passes the time by sitting on the balcony of Mr Chamberlain's flat in New Parks, Leicester.

"If pretty girls go by, she whistles at them.

"When they look up I have to say, 'It wasn't me'.

"If she whistles at the ugly girls, they get a big smile on their face and look up - but I have to say, 'It wasn't me' either."

Until recently, Cracker joined Mr Chamberlain on his rounds of golf, but she's now been banned from the local clubhouse for making a mess on the chairs.

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