Last week we welcomed two new members to the family. Helmut the budgerigar died recently, leaving his boyfriend Herbie all alone. We went to the pet shop to get him a new friend, and came back not only with a new budgie, but also a cockatiel. After four pets' names coincidentally starting with 'H', it's become a tradition, thus our new friends are called Himmel and Hello. Himmel means sky in German and the new budgie is blue, plus there's the novelty value of calling him Him. We think the cockatiel is female but wont be sure until she matures, so we needed a gender-neutral name. After repeatedly saying hello to her for three days, we decided that may as well be her name.