There is no doubt that Harvey is a more sophisticated version of the parrot. I can stand 20 feet away from Harvey and he will talk. On the other hand, you have to stand near Pete and talk "up" in order to make him work effectively....Alzheimer's Reading Room
Recently we purchased Pete the Repeat Parrot. About four years ago, we also purchased a Pete the Parrot. For purposes of this discussion we will refer to the older version of Pete as Harvey. This is the name Dotty gave to him.
There is no doubt that Harvey is a more sophisticated version of the parrot. I can stand 20 feet away from Harvey and he will talk. On the other hand, you have to stand near Pete and talk "up" in order to make him work effectively.
Pete is powered by 4 AA batteries. Harvey is powered by 2 AA batteries and a nine volt battery. You can tell from this alone that Harvey is more powerful. Harvey has a better digital voice system.
For those of you that ordered Pete the Repeat Parrot please let me know if you received an older version of the parrot that requires a 9 volt battery.
We also look forward to hearing about your experience with your new Pete.
Here is what Cyndie had to say about her parrot.
Mother loves her parrot. She sings to him, talks to him, reads to him. Sunday we were out most of the day and when we announced it was time to go home Mother's comment was, "Good, my little boy needs me to talk to him." She said this with the attitude that she'd been longing for this all day and finally she was going to get to go home to her friend.
We recently went through a rough period of incontinence, angry behavior at home and in public. I believe Petey has helped Mother cope with and express her feelings. The bird definitely cheers her up and she accepts him as her friend. I also got her a soft doll that is like a young girl in the 5-10 year range. She likes her and enjoys looking at her, but she loves Petey the Parrot.
Mother was telling a friend at church about Petey. (Mother talks but so many words and contexts are missing I need to interpret for her). The friend was in her 90's and lonely. We bought her a Parrot and took it the next week. She was thrilled. I believe many people feel lonely and forgotten and Petey seems to bridge a gap that is meaningful.
Thank you for sharing, so that we and many others are now benefiting from a Pete the Parrot in our homes.
Here is what Jocelyn Delaney has to say about her parrot (although I don't think she has a Pete).
We have not had the same great success with our Parrot as you have with Dotty, however he makes Paul laugh, he (Paul) can't work out that he needs to talk at him to get a response but even the flapping of the wings entertains him so I would class it as a success and may even consider buying another one if I can get a red one. Our present one is green.Keep em coming folks.
To watch a video of Dotty talking to Harvey go here -- Video Pete the Parrot Tip, Dotty Talks to Harvey
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