People & Their Pets III

Valerie Barkley de Pearson




Valerie Barkley de Pearson with macaws Paris & Hector and Cocker Spaniel Kiwi
(John Bouma Photography)
Valerie Barkley de Pearson is a French actress who was nominated to the Cesar award for her role in The Takeover with Murray Abraham and Robert Hossein. She lived in Paris most of her life and has been living in Florida for the past ten years. She and her family have been living in Miami Beach surrounded by ten pets: two parrot Macaws, six cats that she rescued at shelters, and two dogs. She loves animals and she regrets that their rights are not respected well enough around the world.

How did you come up with your pet’s name? I named one Paris after the town in France where I was born, and Hector after the prince of Troy in Greek mythology.

Share with us where you rescued Paris and Hector. What are they like, and what made you decide to bring them home? One day I found myself in a bird shop with exotic birds. As I wandered through the store I came across two one week old baby parrots stuck in a plastic box. I could not believe they were left in those conditions so I adopted them, nursed them (every three hours) and, eventually, they became my babies. I moved to Giverny, France for a year with all my pets to spend time with my mother-in-law. She was the curator of the home and garden of Claude Monet, the impressionist painter. My parrots became the super stars of Giverny. It was great to see tourists more interested in taking pictures of the parrots than the famous gardens. A year later we all returned to Miami Beach – the 2 parrots, 6 cats, our German Shepard Sunny and our little Cocker Spaniel Kiwi. They all get along well. They spend their time in the house, on the edge of the pool or in the aviary.

What activities do Paris and Hector like? What commands does your pet understand? Paris loves to dip her head and wings in the pool and shake. Hector loves to be on my shoulder. He is a mama’s boy! They both speak French and English.

When did your interest in pets/animals begin and how long have you been a pet owner? I have been a pet lover since I was a toddler. I used to hide in our German Shepard’s dog house. I have always had pets. Recently I rescued five cats from a shelter that was going to euthanize and a skinny cat off the street who was about to be poisoned.

About Paws 4 You Rescue

Paws 4 You Rescue is a Miami-based non-profit 501(c)3, all volunteer, donor-subsidized animal rescue organization. Its top priority is to save animals from euthanasia at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Rescued animals vary from being sick, injured, homeless and surrendered to simply lost. All animals are sterilized, vaccinated and ID micro-chipped to prevent future loss. Some require major surgery from a specialist to repair broken limbs while others may need additional rehabilitation time and specific medical care - ranging from respiratory illnesses and skin infections to cherry eyes and heartworm treatments.

Paws 4 You offers programs for adoption, fostering and senior citizens. Paws 4 You supports its mission by hosting numerous fundraising events throughout the year and through community donations.

Please visit www.paws4you.org for current information and additional details.