From my brother, Lloyd Williamson:
Mrs. Davidson's dishwasher quit working so she calls a repairman. Since she
has to go to work the next day, she tells him, "I'll leave the key under the
mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I'll mail you the
check. Oh, by the way, don't worry about my Bull Dog, he won't bother you. But,
whatever you do, do NOT, under ANY circumstances, talk to my parrot!"
Finally the repairman couldn't contain himself any longer and yelled, "Shut
up, you stupid ugly bird !"