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WELCOME TO MY "HOUSE!"
BIENVENIDOS A MI "CASA!"
GLOSTER NEWS, UPDATES & OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
DON PEREZ & THE HOUSE OF CRESTS IN CHICAGO WELCOME YOU!
WELCOME TO MY "HOUSE"!!
Welcome To My "House"! Please Allow The House of Crests to Illuminate your Path to Success.
Let me escort you on an exciting journey that will help you achieve your success in the shortest time possible, regardless of the breed you're working with! No other canary website on the planet shares all the 'secrets' of success with you as this website does, and for free! Get ready for the ride of your life when it comes to starting on your own "quest to raise the best"!
THIS HOUSE OF CRESTS PHOTO HAS BEEN TRENDING ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Click on the image above or this URL: http://www.houseofcrests.com/THE_HOUSE_OF_CRESTS_2015.pdf
Learn the complete story behind this advertisement image above which recently was trending on Facebook and the Internet by clicking on the photo and downloading the PDF document! Read the content and see why it created a stir in the land where this breed originated when this very same Gloster appeared not only on the cover but in the centerfold of "THE GLOSTER CANARY" book published in 1989 in the United Kingdom!
WELCOME ONE AND ALL!!
I BREED AND CONTINUE TO IMPROVE UPON MY LINES
BUT I DO NOT SHOW MY GLOSTERS!
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GUEST IN THE HOUSE!
Fr. Greg visiting The House of Crests before the upcoming 2019 breeding season.
HOW TO GIVE YOUR GLOSTERS THE WINNING EDGE ON THE SHOWBENCH!!
Everyone asks me year after year for the last 42 years; "Don, how do you give your Glosters the winning edge on the showbench"? Well my friends, simply click on the image of this Champion Gloster which as a youngster and again as a flighted hen, won Kellogg Trophies at our National Cage Bird Show two years in a row and further, was the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to yet more Champion Glosters to get the answer to this great question:
HAVE YOU NOTICED?
THE GLOSTERS HERE ARE SMALL BUT THIS SITE IS HUGE!
THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY "HOUSE"!
THE HOUSE OF CRESTS WEBSITE IS INDEED HUGE!
IN CHICAGO WE SAY "THAT'S UGE!"
I'M SERIOUS! IT'S "UGE" & CONTINUALLY GROWING!
Thank you for stopping by! For over 16 years this site has been growing and growing! Please note that this page is a rather large page on an already huge website! This page alone is sort of like a newspaper or a 'blog' in format, style and content and requires continual scrolling to read the next informative and exciting news item. I appreciate your patience as this page downloads. There are as of this update, over 35 pages on a website that changes daily! Each page will download quickly if you have High Speed Internet Service. If you have dial-up as an ISP (Internet Service Provider), this page will certainly take a while to download.
Once downloaded though, in order take advantage of what is offered here, please take your time as you scroll down this page ALL the way to the bottom. Enjoy and absorb the content provided here to expand your vision. If your quest is to raise the best, I suggest that you read every article so as not to miss a single exciting and valuable bit of knowledge!
There are indeed loads of articles on this site to hopefully help you in your quest with not only Glosters but canaries in general.
There is also special information on this site on what we should all be doing to improve our environment and why it's important that we do so. Let's learn to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet! Learn more about it here off the links from on this site!
You will find more photos of quality Glosters on this site than on any other website, anywhere on the World Wide Web! This is the home of the original "Gloster Head Studies", a style often copied by others but never duplicated!! This is indeed the most extensive avian website on the Internet dedicated to exhibition Type Canaries as it focuses on the Gloster Fancy! Sit back and enjoy the journey as you let your fingers and eyes guide you to your success.
As you wait for this page to download, I sincerely hope your patience will be rewarded and you find the information here valuable as well as useful. I do hope that you enjoy your visit to my "House of Crests", a place that is filled with links to some of my favorite places as well as world information that impacts all of us!
Welcome! And again, thank you for visiting! I hope your visit is enjoyable, educational and illuminating!
Peace, good will and continued great health on a healthy, green planet,
SPEAKING OF "UGE", OOPS I MEAN, HUGE...
IS SIZE REALLY AN ISSUE WITH GLOSTERS?
Click on the Heavy Variegated Cinnamon Corona Hen above to download the PDF file of this very important article originally written over 10 years ago but now becomes more important than ever! PLEASE, let's stop the insanity!! The insanity of raising those huge "BIG" Glosters being promoted by some of the Europeans and being imported by a small handful in the USA who insist on bastardizing the breed! If you study the standard of perfection, you will find that they were originally and are still required to be raised to the diminutive with quality of feather! Is it an issue? YES! And now more than ever!! Learn why we must unit and protect our Gloster by reading this article! STOP THE "BIG" GLOSTER FANCY CANARY!! WAKE UP GLOSTER FANCIERS!!!
THE BIRDS ARE TOTALLY IN CONDITION IN THE HOUSE OF CRESTS!
THERE IS AN IMPORTANT SUPPLEMENT IN THE HOC DIET!
THE SUPPLEMENT THAT WITH DAILY USE ASSURES ME THAT DURING THE MOLT AND ALL YEAR LONG...
...ALL THE BIRDS WILL HAVE THE "WINNING EDGE"!!
THE MASTER CHAMPIONS ARE DOING IT!
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love of animals and birds is taught to us first by animals and birds!
love of mankind begins with the understanding of the love of animals and birds!
How do you show your love? Have you loved an animal a bird or a fellow human being today?
- Donald Perez
THE HOUSE OF CRESTS 2013 & 2014 BREEDING SEASON - STABLE OF STARS - PARTS 1, 2 & 3 ARE READY FOR VIEWING!
The House of Crests presents the 1st, 2nd & 3rd parts in a series of several PDF Slide Presentations of its 2013 Breeding Season - Stable of Stars and the progress of the 2013 Stud! We also present the 2014 Breeding Season!!
Simply click on each of the graphics below to open the linked PDF file. When open, wait for the file to download then simply click on each arrow at the bottom or top where shown on your device to move on to the next slide or photo!
Stay tuned and stop back here often as this site is always being updated. More of the 2013 & 2014 Stud and their progress will indeed appear in new photos and videos along with new articles, as time allows!! Visit this site often to learn how to arrive at your "quest to raise the best"! Why read the outdated and erroneous information found in those old books when you can read and apply current information that has proven consistent success to back it up? Each picture on this site tells a story and since they don't lie, study them! I mean really study them to learn why understanding feather is key! But that's just one of the key answers many are still searching for!
My quest is to help educate you on your path to success, regardless of the breed of canary you raise! Scroll all the way down this page to view all my articles and focus especially on those known as The Winner's Circle of Stars Episodes 1, 2 & 3, starting with Episode One which begins by detailing the properly-revised explanation of the history of the lineage behind my line and the must-read article of them all, the Nine Steps To Success article, to get an honest understanding of what it takes to succeed!
Are you ready? Can you handle the challenge of the "quest to raise the best"? Can you "handle the truth"? The truth is in the telling!! Each page on this website tells it like it is! I appreciate your stopping by and wish you well!
There's lots to learn about the canary folks, and if you take anything away from this immense, concise, information-loaded website, please take this first bit of friendly advice to heart; "YOU MUST SPECIALIZE IN ONE BREED TO SUCCEED"!!
If you do not have ADOBE PDF READER installed on your device, get it for free by clicking on the red 'A' book image below.
The upper part of this Home Page is more of a 'Blog' to share about family, friends, canary experts as well as a place to spread the knowledge gleaned from years of studying not only canaries & probiotics but also my varied interests as relates to our planet with special focus on our environment and peace in the world.
By scrolling down this page, you will find an assortment of new videos, photos, articles on canaries and other items of interest which I hope you find informative. Read the content on this page carefully as it will guide you to where to find the bevy of answers that have years of proven success behind them!
You may also scroll all the way down this page to see a complete listing of all the many canary articles that are considered valuable for ALL canary aficionados whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fancier!
Essentially the articles at the bottom of this page are expansions of each of the Steps in my 1988 CANARY & FINCH JOURNAL article, "NINE STEPS TO SUCCESS". It's been said that it's an article that is just as important now as it was when I first typed it in 1987! It does not matter if you raise Glosters, Norwich, Yorkshires, American Singers, Fifes, Russian, Parisian Frills, Gibbers, German Rollers, Belgium Waterslagers, Border Fancy, Fife Fancy, Columbus Fancy, Old Varieties, or any other breed I neglected to mention, this is the site for you to expand your horizons!
I guarantee that there is always something new to learn at THE HOUSE OF CRESTS! Please visit frequently for this page and the site itself changes often and continues to grow larger ever since it was first created in 1998!
THE HOUSE OF CRESTS 2012 BIRDROOM VIDEOS
The following footage was taken during the 2012 breeding season to give you a 6-minute tour of the House of Crests breeding setup and pairings that were used to produce this years' 2012 offspring. This video was produced using QuickTime® video format which downloads quickly to play on your pc, laptop, notebook, tablet, I-Pad or mobile device.
Below this video are 4 one-minute, larger-format, MP4 videos that will take longer to download but certainly worth the patience required as they download for you to view. Note: if a window pops up on your browser with an error message, one solution may be that you may need to update your browser software. You might also try and lower your Privacy and Security settings found under the 'Internet Options' selection located in the drop-down menu of the 'Tools' tab in your Formatting Toolbar above.
Click on the photo below to open an ADOBE PDF file containing an assortment of large HOC photos taken on September 2nd, 2012.
If you do not have ADOBE READER, get it for free by clicking on the 'A' image below.
The next four photos are actually links to four different House of Crests videos taken August 28th, 2012! They were taken right after the 2012 HOC breeding season so know that many if not all are experiencing their annual molt. Each of the videos are a little over a minute in length. The first two videos are of the small HOC birdroom which houses some American Singers and Rollers (Simply because I love their song!) and their 2012 offspring plus additional 2012 Gloster offspring.
The second two videos are of the main HOC birdroom which house the adult Gloster Stud and 2012 Gloster offspring. Simply click on each photo to open a new window which will surely take a couple minutes to download to your computer or laptop. You will know when the download is complete when the video begins and you hear the birds singing! Your patience is required, however! But your patience will certainly be rewarded with the very latest videos of the House of Crest 2012 Stud and Gloster offspring.
Okay, click on all 4 photos below and get ready to enjoy these videos for your very own private tour of The House of Crests Aviaries!! More photos of "head & body studies" of the 2011, 2012 & 2013 HOC adult stud can be found toward the top of this page with more to follow!!
CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW OF THE SMALL 2012 HOUSE OF CRESTS BIRDROOM PART 1
CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW OF THE SMALL 2012 HOUSE OF CRESTS BIRDROOM PART 2
CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW OF THE MAIN HOUSE OF CRESTS 2012 BIRDROOM PART 1
CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW OF THE MAIN HOUSE OF CRESTS 2012 BIRDROOM PART 2
THE HOUSE OF CRESTS 2019 DIET PLAN CONTINUES TO BE THE DIET PLAN OF CHOICE BUT WITH A CHANGE OF THE FULL ORGANIC KIND!
THE HOUSE OF CRESTSDIET PLAN CONTINUES TO BE THE DIET PLAN OF CHOICE according to myself and many discriminating, serious fanciers the world over! The original diet plan was improved last year with the addition of a wonderful, super blend of Certified Organic Seeds specifically designed for easy sprouting and a highly efficient and more potent probiotic.
There were some fantastic changes made that you just might want to check out on how to keep your canaries in prime condition and keep them healthy year 'round! On this page you will find out what fresh, locally-grown, natural, organic foods are fed here and the filtered water that are used to keep the Glosters and other canaries in The House in tip- top condition. It also lists the best sources for those products which are considered most important in keeping canaries in prime condition not only during the breeding & molting seasons but year 'round.
Are you sprouting or grinding dry Certified Organic sprouting seeds yet? Certified Organic, home grown sprouts will insure that your birds are getting the live enzymes and essential amino acids (proteins) they need for a healthy digestive system and strong muscle strength which is important for flying and singing.
The 2015 diet has also been improved by the addition to these fresh, organic sprouts with the newly-developed, more potent and efficient blend of AVI-CULTURE-2-PLUS™, a live (viable), avian-specific, 10-strain, totally allergen-free and GMO-free, 100% Organic probiotic with a high-quality prebiotic added in the blend to insure that each and every canary absorbs most all the natural nutrients, amino acids and antioxidants they need for a strong immune system and great muscle fiber. The stronger the immune system and body, the healthier the feather, the canary and the healthier the canary, the happier both you and your canary will be! Learn more about what your birds may have been missing by visiting the HOC 2019 DIET PLAN PAGE .
Question: Are you still using highly-processed, commercial nestling foods be they imported or domestically-produced, not to forget those various extruded "complete diet" products of which most all contain loads of sugar in one form or another as well as synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace those that were lost along with essential enzymes in the over-processing of the original ingredients?
Question: Are you having issues with your birds not meeting your expectations in the nest and on the showbench, 'going light', dead-in-shell or not making it out of the nest at all and feel it may be time for a change?
Then I suggest you take the time to reconsider your canary diet plan and look at the healthy, holistic alternative that awaits you on the HOC2019 DIET PLAN PAGE . You as the companion pet owner or breeder must insure your birds will be healthy enough to experience a long productive life and your youngsters will develop to their fullest genetic potential!
Only you have control over two of the most important items in what should be a successful birdroom; environment and diet! Find out more now!
Learn more now by clicking on the professor below:
THE HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS
Is filled with photos of some of the best HOC 2004 Gloster youngsters, the birdroom, the bonsai and The 2005 Stable of Stars.
A "program" note: additional pages of annual photos of the Stable of Stars series have been temporarily halted since Microsoft has long since, stopped their support of the FrontPage software thus preventing me from adding additional pages to this site plus the fact that I simply had not taken any photos because of some personal issues with family health matters principle among them. The move to another home in January of 2009 had it's own issues with my own health but we are on track and so I will be adding some shots taken of my 2013 stud in the hope that you may enjoy the progress and development of the Glosters here in the House of Crests.
"Go ahead, make my day!"
Click on the Gloster Consort to go to that page now!
NINE STEPS TO SUCCESS ARTICLE IS ALSO A PDF FILE!
An Adobe Acrobat PDF file of the article, NINE STEPS TO SUCCESS has been added to the page by the same name. This article may be accessed by scrolling down to the bottom of this page and clicking on it. The PDF file can be opened immediately if you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer by clicking on the little magazine cover. If you do not have this software, you may download it free on this same page. This will allow you to view the article and print it for later reading off the Internet! The Canary & Finch Journal magazine cover as well as the original Kellogg Seed endorsement ad are also in this file for printing and framing should you desire to do so!
Click on the image below to go directly to that page.
THREE MORE IMPORTANT ARTICLES WORTH READING
STUDY THE FEATHER OF YOUR GLOSTERS! In order to continually succeed with Glosters one MUST understand feather texture and use proper specimens in their birdroom. Here are some fine examples for your study purposes. Learn a little about long and short feather right here and now. Either click the underlined text above now or scroll down this page to continue reading and visit that page later by clicking the button toward the bottom of this page.
GLOSTER EXPECTATIONS One must also understand the expectations of each pairing when setting up a line of Glosters. This link will take you offsite to the UGB website but close the window to return here after you read that article.
Click here to visit THE GALLERY OF STARS to try out The Viewer! This is another way to be able to enlarge any of the Gloster photos. This was added due to the tremendous amount of pirating of photos from this site and other sites like mine without regard to copyright infringements.
Many more exciting and educational articles may be found at the bottom of this page. Simply scroll down but please visit the various links located on the way down!
THE HOC WEBSITE IS MORE THAN JUST ABOUT RAISING CANARIES FOR COMPETITION
This site is also on the Internet to help people with the desire of having a lovely companion pet that would bring their household happiness and joy. Sometimes I have a spare canary or two available and when I don't have any available, I send them to others in their area who may have a canary for them. This time I was able to assist one such couple in their quest of obtaining a companion pet.
Let me share a story with you about this sweet, elderly couple who came to my home on Friday, November 12th, 2010 to collect their young, Gloster Canary.
They had originally e-mailed a couple weeks or so ago asking if I had a Gloster Canary for sale They described in detail what they wanted and I told them I might have just the perfect Gloster available for them. They were so thrilled to hear the good news and were anxious to come to see him. They especially wanted him before Thanksgiving to impress their dinner guests with their new family member.
My quest of fulfilling their hopes of finding such a canary for them came true as they fell in love with him immediately! As my gift to them I set them up with a couple pounds of basic canary seed, a pound or so of song/condition seed mix, as well as drinkers, feeders, a treat cup, 3 twist-on perches, a traveling bird cage and even a CD of canary songs to help "set the mood" in his new home. They also wanted to purchase a 2-ounce bottle of AVI-CULTURE as they had read of its value and wanted only the best diet supplements for their new pet bird.
Well, they left The House of Crests both impressed and overjoyed! It gives me pleasure to share their e-mail of appreciation to me a little over 2 hours later when they arrived home and their new family member was settled in:
Thank you so much for the LOVELY, LOVELY bird. He has made it safely to his permanent cage. I put on the CD as soon as we walked in the door, let him listen for a bit while I did the food and water, then moved him to his cage. He is quiet, listening and looking. He seems so intelligent, not crazy flying and nervousness.
When the grandfather clock chimed, he looked around to see where the sound was coming from. John and I are delighted, so much delighted with him.
It was wonderful to meet you. You are indeed a special man with a special mission. You have brought a beautiful soul to us, and we appreciate your sharing the beautiful picture of your daughter Stephanie Sue. We will look at her video later today. Right now we are just watching that food and water are being consumed. He did drink water and snack a little on the song food.Thanks again, Marty & John
Another "mission" accomplished! Don
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IN 2012 A SCIENTIFIC CONTROLLED STUDY WAS CONDUCTED ON AVI-CULTURE-2™!
Dr. Gianluca Todisco, has a degree in Veterinary Medicine and specializes in the Physiopathology of Reproduction focusing on domestic animals. He also has a Ph.D. in Biotechnology of Reproduction from the University of Teramo. He has always had and continues to have a keen interest in the birds, particularly Finches and, by the age of 12 years, with great passion dedicated himself to the breeding of canaries focusing on quality of feather, shape and position. Everyday, from his farm and aviary he draws inspiration for new protocols of action aimed at improving the health management and their overall care with continued research and study. So far the results are very encouraging.
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VETERANS DAY IN THE UNITED STATES TO BE OBSERVED ON NOVEMBER 11th, 2019
Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.
Veterans Day is officially observed on November 11. However, if it falls on a week day, many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend closest to this date. This is to enable more people to attend and participate in the events. Federal Government offices are closed on Monday, November 11th, 2019. State and local governments, schools and non-governmental businesses are not required to close and may decide to remain open or closed. Public transit systems may follow a regular or holiday schedule.
Learn more: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/veterans-day
Please return to this page and scroll down as we pay tribute to our U.S. soldiers in words and music. As John Lennon sang in his well-known song, "All we are saying, is GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!" Then pray daily for world peace.
*Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
...Martin Luther King, Jr.
*Peace is possible. Think it. Plan it. Do it.
...Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict & Violence
*Non-violence means positive action. You have to work for whatever you want.
You just do not sit there doing nothing and hope to get what you want.
...Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
*For it isnï¿½t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it.
And it isnï¿½t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
*When peace has been broken anywhere, the peace of all countries everywhere is in danger.
...President Franklin D. Roosevelt
*Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations - entangling alliances with none.
...President Thomas Jefferson
*Ah! when shall all menï¿½s good Be each manï¿½s rule, and universal Peace, Lie like a shaft of light across the land,
And like a lane of beams athwart the sea,
Throï¿½ all the circle of the golden year?
...Alfred Lloyd Tennyson
"You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one"
Imagine by John Lennon with lyrics click on images and turn up the volume:
'Please Bless the souls of all who have come before us to blaze the path and secure our lives and freedoms and watch over all our troops now who are in harms way. Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'
A poem for fallen war veterans:
In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Give PEACE a Chance by John Lennon with lyrics click on image below and turn up the volume:
Give PEACE a Chance by John Lennon longer version without lyrics click on image below and turn up the volume:
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power,
the world will know peace."
... Jimi Hendrix
Will you "Stand By Me" - Playing For Change - Song Around The World
as we pray and hope for peace?
Click on the hands for peace below to listen to Playing For Change sing Stand By Me
Click on the banner below to contribute to the Playing For Change Foundation
Click on the Peace Sign below to listen to Playing For Change sing War/No More Trouble
Click on the hands below to listen to Playing For Change sing One Love
Click on the dove and earth below to listen to Playing For Change sing Don't Worry
Click on the dog below and know that He watches over all of us, each man and living creature.
An inspiring movie that will amaze you by Ine Braat of the Netherlands
Click on her name above and visit her unique website too!
WED India Programme
Click on the Forest landscape below to learn more and enjoy all the beautiful music of WED:
OCEAN'S ANIMALS - A GREAT PROGRAM!
There was also a program on PBS the other night hosted by Matt Damon which described the current impact of global warming on birds, ocean life and life as we know it. The glaciers in the Andes in Peru alone are forcing the native people to move closer to coastal areas and the raw sewage is being dumped into the sea polluting the waters and creating dead zones! These dead zones, if allowed to increase in size, will impact areas like the Canary Islands, the original home of the ancestors of our sweet-singing birds we love so much.
See a short video of Matt Damon hosts "Ocean's Animals" on PBS:
Learn more about State of the Planet's Oceans on PBS:
A GOOD FRIEND...
...sent me a wonderful blessing in the form of a lovely movie. I would like at this time to share that blessing with every single canary-loving person who visits this website. Simply turn up your speakers and click on the words or image below:
A Blessing Just For You
AN ARTIST YOU SHOULD KNOW
Below are three clips each representing a different video featuring the works of the artist, Ilana Yahav. These clips certainly can be considered part of our continued awareness of Earth Day which should also include World Peace! Please click on the Baby Sandy DVD to visit Llana's SAND FANTASY website and purchase what is certainly a magnificent DVD! Enjoy the clips and have a wonderful Earth Day now and always!
Just turn up the volume on your speakers and click on each of the drawings then wait for them to download to see the video clip.
Just Imagine Clip Let's Get together Clip Baby Sandy Clip Baby Sandy DVD
THE VOCA PEOPLE!
The Voca People are "Canaries in their own right" and that's why they're here! The Voca People is an international vocal theater performance that combines vocal sounds and an A Cappella singing with the art of modern beat-box. Artistic Director: Lior Kalfo Musical Director: Shai Fishman Producers: Revital & Lior Kalfo Created and Directed by:Lior Kalfo.
The Voca People is a new phenomenal international vocal theater performance that combines amazing vocal sounds and an acapella singing with the art of modern beat-box which imitates the sounds of drums, trumpets, guitars and other instruments and musical effects without using any musical instrument on stage, performed in a humoristic way and with audience participation.
Who are The Voca People?
The Voca people are 8 friendly aliens from the planet Voca, a musical planet that has no verbal communication but use vocal expressions only.
They have heard the music from earth for decades now and with their imitation abilities they have decided to pay a one evening tribute to humanity and to perform the songs they love as musical- gratitude.
The Voca People is an ensemble of 8 talented musician-actors; 3 female singers that bring the very best female sounds (alt, mezzo, soprano) and
3 male singers (bass, baritone, tenor. In addition there are 2 beat box artists that create extraordinary human beat box sounds and are considered to be the best performers in their field.
This innovative performance is one of the only acts in the world that combines singers and beat box performers to bring an entire orchestra without any musical instruments.
This unique comical and theatrical framework and the mega mixes they bring to the stage - distinguish them from other vocal groups.
See their video by clicking on the image below:
Learn more: http://lidorproductions.com/vocapeople
OR VISIT THEIR OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
THE VOCA PEOPLE!
NATIONAL BIRD DESIGNS, INC. INFORMATION
My good friend, Kimberly is shown here holding and promoting our probiotic at the National Cage Bird Show held in Schaumburg, Illinois. There was plenty of this high-quality probiotic for sale direct from the NBD deep freezers. It was amazing just how many fanciers out there have become more and more educated about being 'proactive' with their birds! Visit the National Bird Designs, Inc. website and learn ABOUT US, MISSION STATEMENT and NEWS & EVENTS! There is also a Legal Notice & Disclaimer Page as well as a Testimonials & Endorsement Page on this site!
"PMS" PREMATURE MORTALITY SYNDROME ARTICLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH!
An article that has appeared in the Border Convention Journal in the United Kingdom and in EL Canario Magazine in Argentina, titled, "PMS" PREMATURE MORTALITY SYNDROME is available for you to read in English as well as in Spanish.
Check them all out by clicking on the NBD, Inc. logo below:
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GLOSTER CANARIES AS ART?
The art exhibit concluded on April 20th, 2013 so I picked up my two Gloster Corona Males. They were singing like crazy when I got them home and in their stock cages and are certainly ready for my 2013 breeding season which is just starting! Here is a photo I took of the exhibit while there to pick up the two birds. Learn more about the artist, Mr. Andrew Norman Wilson and the exhibit at his website by clicking on the photo below or the following URL:
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PET BIRDS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a CD and a Video DVD containing valuable information on Biosecurity for the Birds . I encourage everyone visiting my site to visit their site and see how you may obtain one or learn more about this effort on " pet bird biosecurity!" Please help to spread the word on how to keep ALL birds safe and healthy, not just here in America but everywhere! Help promote this important campaign by clicking on the icon above or below! Thank you for your kind support!!
VIEW THE GENETICS AND RNAi SEGMENT THAT APPEARED ON PBS
Transcript available as well to use as a great bird discussion topic at an upcoming club meeting that would be of interest to ALL bird breeders!
PBS WTTW Channel 11 TV ran a NOVA segment back in July of 2005 devoted to Genetics and more exactly, RNAi. Learn how RNAi is being researched in the hope they may hold the answer in possibly trying to cure diseases with gene replacement or manipulation.
One of the reasons I wanted to write about genetics with our canaries was for us to understand that when we pair our birds, we need to focus attention to preventing the passing on of those genes that may promote the proliferation of disease that may be inherent in our birds already.
This segment will give you an idea of just what is involved when scientists experiment with advanced methods in genetics.
Click on the petunia below to learn more:
SPEAKING OF GENETICS, HAVE YOU READ THESE THREE PAGES ON GENETICS AND JUDGING YET?
The House of Crests is pleased to announce that there are three new pages in the Gallery of Articles! The first two pages contain the original articles that appeared in the September and November, 1984 issues of AMERICAN CAGE-BIRD MAGAZINE, written by and offered to you here in memory of my wife, Claudia Perez called, LAWS OF INHERITANCE - Part 1 & Part 2.
The third new page contains an original article that also appeared in the November, 1984 issue of AMERICAN CAGE-BIRD MAGAZINE written by yours truly called, HERE COME THE JUDGE! There is also a sample classified advertisement page showing what adverts looked like 20-plus years ago! To access those articles, please click on their titles or scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the vast array of articles to help you in your "quest to raise the best!".
"YOUR MASTER PLAN" - PART ONE & PART TWO ARTICLE
This is a two-part article on how to evaluate your youngsters with ease and purpose! It is also an article on the best way to pair your Glosters in the coming years with success as the end result! Anytime is always the right time to evaluate your Glosters! Study this two-part article and start right now! If you want to succeed in this sport, you must follow the articles on this site in order to insure your success in your "quest to raise the best!"
Click on My Sweet Baby Gloster Corona to go to Part One now!
THE DEMAND CONTINUES TO BE HUGE!
Yes, huge! In fact, the amount of requests I've received has been amazing. Fanciers worldwide have been asking when the page on how to build the English-Style, box-type, canary breeding cages I use in The House of Crests would appear on this site! I'm pleased to inform you that it's finally ready for viewing! How To Build a Breeding Cage - Part One can be accessed by clicking on the carpenter below:
SPEAKING OF HUGE!!
Now these are huge and I mean really huge files! The first two thumbnails are just a couple of the many photos taken on Saturday the 6th of May at The Chicago Botanical Garden. The second two are but a small sampling of shots taken a couple of days later of "Cloud Gate" affectionately known as 'The Electric Kidney Bean' or just 'The Bean' and designed by artist, Anish Kapoor. "Cloud Gate" is one of the highlights of Millennium Park in Chicago. Millennium Park is located just north of Grant park and south of The Prudential Building. I snapped these photos along with other shoreline shots from the 32nd floor of The 150 North Michigan Avenue building across the street from the Park.
Again, these thumbnails will take a while to open as they are indeed huge! Even when they open, some of you, depending upon your browser will be able to click on the icon in the lower right-hand corner to enlarge the image even more! Go ahead, click on one of these four photos to enlarge it then click on the 'back arrow' to return to this page!
ARE BIRDS AND DINOSAURS RELATED?
LEARN ABOUT SUE AT CHICAGO'S FIELD MUSEUM
They say that dinosaurs like Sue were indeed "our very first birds"! What do you think?
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On May 17, 2000, The Field Museum unveiled Sue, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. rex fossil yet discovered.
The skeleton on display is the real thing. Not a plastic model or a plaster cast. Not a patchwork or composite of bones from different specimens. Sue stands 13 feet high at the hips and 42 feet long from head to tail. One of the only pieces of Sue that is not mounted is her 5-foot-long skull, which is too heavy to be placed on the steel armature that holds together her more than 200 fossilized bones. In its place, the Museum has installed a cast replica. Sue’s real skull is on display in an exhibit on the second-floor balcony overlooking Stanley Field Hall.
Learn what's new with Sue Continue >>
This spring remember to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden and lose yourself in an oasis of beautiful springtime flowers. Flowering bulbs, including narcissus, tulips and grape hyacinth, are at their peak at that time. Crabapples and azaleas will be showing color and waiting to burst open as soon as the weather warms up. Perennials including bleeding hearts, Virginia bluebells and Siberian bugloss will be in full bloom. McDonald Woods is carpeted with delicate native wildflowers, including trilliums, spring cress, toothwort, buttercups and the showy yellow marsh marigolds. Fantastic color combinations of annuals and bulbs in raised beds can be enjoyed in the Sensory Garden and many other areas. Catch spring fever at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Admission is free. No pets are allowed. Parking fees apply
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
The Chicago Botanic Garden is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
THE GALLERY OF FLORAL STARS
Check out some photos I've taken at the world-famous Chicago Botanic Garden and other places in a page aptly named, The Gallery of Floral Stars! This page has some huge files which will take a while to download but certainly worth viewing!!
Click on this rose to access that page.
MASTER CRAFTSMAN, ERNIE COBB HAS HIS OWN INTERNET PAGE!
My good friend and Master Craftsman, Ernie Cobb, impressed me so at the National Cage Bird Show, it was decided then and there that a page on this site be dedicated to his craftsmanship! Ernie had a booth beside mine at the National Cage Bird Show in 2006 and I'd watch in amazement as he built a Frill show cage then a Yorkshire show cage. In fact, he sold everything he brought to the event including the two cages he built there!! He had several show cages on hand which indeed displayed nothing but the best in master craftsmanship. I could not believe the countless number of fanciers who came up to his booth to chat with him and watch him solder up the wire and purchase examples of his 'artwork'!
A full series of photos of Ernie building a Yorkshire show cage and the final results can be found on this page dedicated to Ernie and his craftsmanship!
Click on the photo to go directly to that page now!
GEOFF WALKER & DON PEREZ IN 1980!!
Someone wrote me privately asking when author and C.O.M. Judge, Geoff Walker and I first met. He and I judged canaries in Texas in the mid-late 80's some years back. He did the Colorbred and I did the Type Canaries. But it was really in 1980 when I first met Geoff in Miami, Florida where he had judged Colorbred and I the Type Canaries. Here are three photos for your review of how young manly men looked back then! I was 30 years of age but have no idea how young Geoff was then. I also have no clue as to how old Ignacio Perea is. His company, Higgins, is the main sponsor of the National Cage Bird Show.
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Geoff & Don Geoff & A Winner Ignacio Perea, Geoff Walker & Don Perez
ARE YOU PULLING YOUR EGGS?
Yes, do you pull your canary eggs?
If so, where do you put them for safekeeping until you put them under the hens?
I use a wooden shadowbox for knick-knacks (also spelled, nic-nacs which were creations from the mid-century period of the 1950s to the 1970s) which holds the eggs of up to 24 hens at a time. I purchased mine for $12.00 from a local Wal-Mart store. I cut up a manila file folder into strips to slide down into some Aspen-chip bedding material which supports the eggs until I decide when to place them under the hens. I can then use a superfine Sharpie marker to write down the cock and hen band number and the date the first egg was laid and a similar manila 'chip' is attached to the cage housing the hen so each day I know where to go to begin my daily 'egg-collecting'!
The next three thumbnails are images of my nest-base-units, nesting material racks and nesting material which is washed and shredded natural jute
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THE MIRACLE THAT IS MY DAD!
A TOUCHING STORY BY DON PEREZ
My Father suffered a massive heart attack whilst attending a baptism party on May 5th. He went with some friends of the family and was sitting down at a table when he asked for a bottle of water. As it was brought to him he fell forward and was immediately placed on the floor so that the young, 16-year-old nephew of the friends who brought my Dad to the event who just happened to not pass his CPR training in high school because he had a cold that day, began performing and keeping him going while his own Mother pumped my Dad's chest until the ambulance arrived and took him to Lutheran General Hospital. My Dad had to be hit with 4 jolts of the defibrillator paddles before arriving at the hospital where he was rolled into the ER.
Once there they worked to stabilize him in the ER they then prepped him for a catheter angiogram where the doctor found one artery 100% clogged and the "Widow maker" left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery 85% clogged where they immediately placed a stent. He still had another artery clogged as well. He was also found to have no brain activity. From what I know, coronary artery disease is among the nations top killers and he is very lucky to be alive today!
What is sad is that this young boy of 16 while he was busy saving my Father, his very own Grandfather in Mexico at the very same time had suffered a massive heart attack as well but had no one to perform CPR on him prior to his arriving at the hospital where he ended up dying the next day! What bittersweet news which in the end has brought this 16-year-old and his parents much closer to my Father than you could ever imagine! While he could not be in Mexico to save his own Grandfather, he was instead, saving my Grandfather's life in the meantime!My Dad and all of our family were indeed Blessed with these Angels who were there to help keep our Dad alive that night!
The miracle that is my Father, Alejandro, who has seen death and beat it and even though we were told by the head cardiologist that my Dad would pretty much be a 'vegetable' the rest of his life, the doctor was proved wrong this time. It simply was not his time!
As you can see from the photo below which was taken on May 22nd, he is alive and improving daily to the point that he can now remember, talk well, move his arms and hands and can stand and take steps (with a little help) and is beating he odds! He can't wait until the feeding tube is removed so that he can begin eating on his own!
Believe in a higher power for indeed it exists!! God is powerful, prayer is powerful, and belief and hope are also powerful tools!
Now for the real 'kicker' to this story of the 'Miracle Man' as my Dad is called at the hospital, which I share with you!
I just found out today from my sister, Laura that the 16-year-old boy who kept my Dad alive that night is named JESUS!! I kid you not! I am happy to report that it was JESUS in whose hands my Dad was in that day and to this day in more ways than one!
How's that song go? Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water...
Here is our Dad in a powerful photo my sister Laura took May 22nd, 2012, a Tuesday morning of our Dad hugging a son who couldn't be happier!
This extraordinary photo where I am in the hands of my Dad is living proof of that fact! I hope that doctors learn to close each drastic diagnosis mentioning the fact that though the situation may be dire that there is indeed such a thing as a miracle, and that prayer, positive reinforcement, hope and yes, even a God who cares that may change the outcome for the better! Thank you Laura for capturing this moment that I shall cherish forever as I wipe the tears of joy from my eyes! Today, August 31st, 2015, he is now 78 years young with many more years to look forward to!
Photo by Laura/OSC Photos©2012
My Dad, a year later on his 75th birthday giving me a kiss! God is good!!
PLEASE COME BACK!
Whether this is your first visit to this site or you are a frequent visitor, welcome! Begin your tour of The House of Crests by clicking on the above Gloster photos or by scrolling through this Home Page and then selecting one of the many exciting pages of this site dedicated to the Gloster Fancy Canary! The House Of Crests continues to be the premier website with the largest and most concise collection of what I would like to think, are some of the finest examples of Glosters on the planet today!
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ARTICLES FOR YOUR SUCCESS!
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ERNIE COBB - MASTER CAGE-BUILDER
YOUR MASTER PLAN - PART ONE!
YOUR MASTER PLAN - PART TWO!
THE 2005 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE 2004 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE 2004 STABLE OF STARS - CONSORT STUDY! PART ONE
THE 2004 STABLE OF STARS - CONSORT STUDY! PART TWO
THE 2002 KOREAN TANGO & CANARY BIRD EXHIBITION
THE 2002 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode One
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode Two
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode Three
THE GALLERY OF STARS
THE GALLERY OF STARS - Page Two
THE GALLERY OF STARS - Page Three
THE GALLERY OF FLORAL STARS
HOW TO BUILD A BREEDING CAGE - PART ONE
HOW TO BUILD A BREEDING CAGE - PART TWO
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page One "ENVIRONMENT"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Two "KNOWLEDGE OF THE IDEAL"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Three "DIET PLAN - 2019"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Four "UNDERSTANDING FEATHER"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page FIVE "CINNAMON & FAWN PAIRING"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Six "LAWS OF INHERITANCE - PART ONE"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Seven "LAWS OF INHERITANCE - PART TWO
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Eight "HERE COME THE JUDGE!"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - IS SIZE REALLY AN ISSUE WITH GLOSTERS?
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - GLOSTER EXPECTATIONS
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