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Out of 18 submissions, Ike the Parakeet won the Jewish Times Purim Pet Contest.
The parakeet, owned by Janet Ziffer of Columbia, was pictured on top of a mini-football with the Green Bay Packers logo, in a mini Green Bay Packers sweatshirt and sporting a cheese head hat.
“I wouldn’t have thought in Maryland a bird in a Packers outfit would win,” Ziffer said. “I’m just floored.”
Ike won with 11 votes. Shlomo the Kosher Hotdog came in second with 8 votes and Peepers, a dog dressed in a hamentashen costume, came in third with 5 votes.
Ziffer, who is from Wisconsin and is a Packers stakeholder, got the idea to dress the bird up when her niece, a cantor at Washington Hebrew Congregation, started talking about Purim costumes for her three daughters.
“I had the little shirt thing from a little stuffed bear. The only thing I had to make was the cheese hat,” Ziffer said. “He actually had to wear the jersey because it had a little hood and it kept the cheese head in place.”
The cheese head was made of Styrofoam and yellow index cards. She said Ike was cooperative.
“There probably aren’t a lot of people who dress up their birds,” Ziffer said. “He really is a special bird.”
Ike can say more than 100 phrases, and his voice can be heard on Ziffer’s answering machine.
“My favorite thing for him to say is ‘I love you mommy,’ but he can also say ‘World Champion Green Bay Packers,’” she said.
Visit facebook.com/jewishtimes to view all the pet contest entries.
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