Funny you should mention speed dial. I asked one of the women at the vet clinic I use if I was the only one who had them on speed dial. (Actually I have their number memorized and Bubba has it programmed into his cell phone.)

I'm glad that you took Padden in and got things checked out. My parents were the same way when I was a kid. I think they take better care of their birds now than they ever did of any of our pets. But that's good - I've been able to influence them!!

It's good to hear that it was not anything major. I know what you mean about them picking up something and swallowing it before you can get to them - my shihtzu loves paper napkins, packing peanuts, etc.