I was watching reruns of the Brady Bunch today.....hey! don't judge...it was early, and I couldn't find the remote
Anyway, Little Bobby sprained his ankle. So Mike, in his infinite wisdom, brought home a parakeet to help him feel better. The remainder of the episode, Bobby carried the bird around in a little travel carrier, except for the two scenes where the dog was chasing it.
Impulsive pet shopping....not new, and not seeming to improve even since the 70's. I wish all people put the necessary thought into bringing a pet into the family.