My bird buddy for the last few years passed in my hands around noon today. He didn't appear to be in any pain, just terribly tired. He lived at least 26 years, I suspect that he was closer to 30 or 31 as he was with his first human companion Annaliese for several years before he adopted my mother in 1991. She put that down as his hatch date I believe. I thanked him for letting me share his life, and for all the fun times he created through his quirky personality. I found a nice spot to lay him to rest and if the weather cooperates will do that later today (it has been unusually wet and stormy this summer).
Thank you. He was a well traveled bird, including the move from Maryland to Colorado, many trips to Albuquerque and Omaha, all of which he seemed to enjoy. I think the only trips he raised serious objections toward were the ones to the vet for his beak and claw trims. Once he knew he was past the vet's office, he would act bouncy and chirpy. I am not certain how he knew that we were past the vet's office or heading in completely the opposite direction; somehow with few clues he figured it out.
I hated to read this, Bruce. I am glad for you that it didn't come down to a euthanasia decision, and I think holding him as he passed was the best possible, under the circumstances. Still, they take a piece of our hearts with them when they go.
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
I do have many good memories of Chuckie, and according to my vet he was a decade older than any other QP he had ever cared for.
Chuckie became a really sweet bird in his last few years, and even warmed up a bit to my housemate.
I have found a nice spot in the back wilderness of my lot that various birds visit every day for him. He loved hearing the wild birds and they 'pollinated' his chirping with some of their calls. He even had a blue jay that would perch on the railing of the deck and look in the window at him. I often wondered what they made of each other.
Post by beccilouise on Nov 4, 2017 14:04:20 GMT -5
Sorry to have come to this late to the event, but I am so sorry to hear this, Bruce. It sounds like Chuckie was an extremely happy little bird, and very healthy to have lived the long and exciting life that he did. My thoughts are with you.