Yes that stupid bird was important. Juni v Gingi is a very long arc that I'm sprinkling here and there. Juniper is that type of person that is incredibly blasé with concern to what's important to others, but then becomes hyper bent-out-of-shape when her own efforts or feelings aren't immediately catered to. She's dumbed down everyone's expectations of her so much the smallest action on her part should be met with uproarious praise and adulation. This leads to Ginger's reaction. She's a vet. Just like any of you who have your own Junipers. Her reaction is "I have a full life with other things going on. I am not your emotional doormat and I'm not recognizing this tantrum." Juniper, you make the effort. YOU have to follow-through.