My second book is called: “Love & Feathers: what a palm-sized parrot has taught me about life, love, and healthy self-esteem.”
Pearl was 11 when I started writing “Love & Feathers.”
My goal was to preserve every possible precious memory, each lesson learned, every single adventure I have shared with my “soul bird” to date.
Today, Pearl is 17 years young (and in the eyes of his doting large featherless flock mates, he still looks fresh as a young chick!)
“Love & Feathers,” meanwhile, continues to touch hearts around the globe, as the kind and generous comments below from Pearl’s “extended flock” can attest!
When people and pets choose to share life together, great personal transformation becomes possible. In Love & Feathers, Shannon (a person) and Pearl (a parrot) learn from each other how to love and be loved, enjoy life to the fullest, face challenges with humor and courage, and see the best in themselves, each other, and all beings.
Pearl & his mommy read from “Love & Feathers”
“Right Away, No Waiting”
(just the way Pearl likes it!)
High Praise from Pearl’s VIP Fans!
I have always loved all animals, but birds have become my heart. And that is why I like your book so much. You touch the bird in me. READ ELLEN’S FULL TESTIMONIAL
-Ellen Cook, DVM
I am loving reading this book! I don’t want it to end so perhaps there is hope you will continue writing about life with Pearl in the future.
Wonderful snippets of an adorable bird and his devoted keeper. A new perspective of acceptance, love and understanding. –Delia Holland
Shannon, I just finished your book. It’s the best book I’ve ever read. I absolutely loved it. I’ve had books that I quit reading from the library because I get bored so easily. I could not put it down. I read every word. Thank you so much! You really are a special bird mom! And Tort mom as well! – Marta Crabtree
With wit, depth, and a ton of heart, Love & Feathers teaches some of life’s most important lessons. Shannon’s “Lessons with Wings” at the end of each chapter could be a stand alone, daily book on their own! This is a sweet, touching, soulful, and relatable read.
– Andrea Wachter, co-author of Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the “I Feel Fat” Spell and The Don’t Diet, Live-It Workbook
Love and Feathers is a delightful account about love in its most purest and literal form. It is a story about finding your destiny just as you should; suddenly, when you least expect it. Cutts’ relationship with Pearl exemplifies true love. With flawless and comical prose, she allows her readers to see how life can be unequivocally enriched when you can love someone and be loved in return. Pearl and Shannon are two soul mates who share six wondrous things: trust, surrender, sufficiency, peace and endless potential. I adored this book.
–Emi Berger, DVM, recovered bulimic
This book was a beautiful account of love and emotional connection that goes beyond human relationships! – Melanie Stephen
A refreshingly unique and beautiful love story, “Love & Feathers” is a laugh-out-loud page turner. Even if you aren’t enthusiastic about birds, you will be about this book!
–Jenni Schaefer, Author of Almost Anorexic, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, and Life Without Ed
*Click HERE to read a special blog post by Jenni featuring Pearl!
Love and Feathers is a joyful journey filled with compassion and wisdom. Shannon shares how a pet, Pearl (who happens to be an avian), can teach us the skills we need to overcome adversity and live our lives to the fullest. Life with Pearl is full of humor, insight and inspiration. A must read for all pet lovers!
–Maisen Mosley (recovered from an eating disorder), parront to Pongo (green cheek conure) and Purdy (Quaker parrot) and three canine “kids”
I started to read your book – I had no idea what to expect…. It’s delightful. I’m not really a bird person, but find myself sucked in. I really like that it’s both this personal conversation and really factual, instructional. It made me think about how a loving pet companion might plug up some of the holes in my life.
–Marcelyn McNeil, artist and cat lover
Love & Feathers took me on a heart-warming journey into the intricacies of avian-human companionship. Shannon’s wit is guaranteed to paint a wide smile across the reader’s face as she leads them deeper into the adventurous landscape of the relationship between parrot and parront. I was especially intrigued with how Pearl’s life was shown to be an example of how we could also enjoy our own life – and at such a simple and basic level. Those who truly treasure their avian family members will surely grin, giggle and even sigh as they relate to the antics of Pearl. Trust me, you will relate. Oh how I eagerly await the reality show!
–Sherri Inskeep Lewis, Past President of the National Cockatiel Society and owner of Tame Tiels Aviary
I have followed the exploits of Pearl for over a year now, watching with well-deserved admiration as he trains his human Shannon in the ways of cockatiel service. It is only fair, then, that Shannon should have her chance to share the human side of parrot servitude. This she does with humor and grace, interweaving facts with experience so well that even the most novice of parrot admirers will understand completely the trials and joys they’re in for. It’s all here, from how to feed a cockatiel to those all-important veterinarian visits, all while projecting a semblance of sanity.
–Marguerite Floyd, author of Cockatiel Lessons and The Parrot Reckonings
Spoiler alert: very near the end of this surprising book, Shannon writes, “If I want to have a relationship with God, I must seek first and only this: a relationship with love.” I cannot possibly find a better way to describe this book. Love & Feathers is certainly the story of the relationship between Shannon and her beloved parrot, Pearl, but it is first — and ultimately all — about love. Buy two copies; you are going to want to give it to someone immediately.
–Thom Rutledge, author of The Power of Self-Forgiveness and Embracing Fear
I ‘flew’ through Love & Feathers – I loved it! Thank you, Shannon and Pearl, for sharing lessons on what really matters in life – love, and living in the moment. For evermore, when I see a parrot, or indeed any bird (or human), I will look beyond the feathers and seek to connect with the love within.
–June Alexander, recovered from an eating disorder, grandmother, mum to two kitties, author of Hope at Every Age – Developing an Appetite for Recovery and A Girl Called Tim
Dear Shannon, not only is Pearl beautiful, but he is great at teaching others lessons in recovery and acceptance!
-Love, Megan (recovering from an eating disorder) & Dermott (parrot)
Love & Feathers is filled with compelling stories about how Shannon’s parrot helps her to see aspects of her life from a different view, which fuels her self-growth. It serves as an incredible reminder that many of life’s most powerful lessons can be found in the simplest of places.
–Amy Morin, LCSW, best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
“Right Away, No Waiting”
(just the way Pearl likes it!)
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