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Old 10-16-2016, 08:16 AM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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Jojo was my hand raised Cockatiel and he suddenly passed away last night. I feel like I jinxed him in a way because when I was on the phone that morning the person I was talking to said they could hear him in the background, and i told them he was a cockatiel and that they live a long time. Jojo was 10. He was pretty young for a cockatiel. He was fine in the morning, but then by evening I noticed him laying in the bottom of his cage and he was very listless. A short time later he died. It was so quick.

For those that aren't familiar with Cockatiels.. They're sort of parrot like in that they mimic what they hear. Jojo used to mimic the sound of our phone or our cellphones and the only way to get him to stop 'ringing' was to answer him and say 'hello'.. He was so funny. My grandson would dance and bob his head up and down and Jojo would dance along with him, not very well but it was hysterical to see.

One time I had just come out of the bedroom and I heard loud geese and I thought they were outside, but it was just my Jojo pretending to be a flock of geese. When the doorbell would ring, or if he heard the front door open, he'd start barking so I always knew when someone was coming in the house. He was like my watch bird. He was never quiet. He'd whistle the tune to the Munsters, or just whistle his own little tune. He was so much more than just a bird.
He'd greet me every morning with his squawking so excited to see me and he'd ring his toy bell, but not this morning. The house is so quiet now, the silence is deafening. I miss him.
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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It's so hard to lose our friends. They build their lives around us and love us so much. I firmly believe that you will be with Jojo again in a far better place. For now, don't be afraid to cry. He is still alive in your heart.
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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Thanks. I thought I did all my crying last night but when I cleaned out his cage and heard his little bell ring, I just kinda lost it. I never thought I'd get this attached to a bird but he was part of our family, and that was his choice. We couldn't even hold a conversation without him doing something that commanded our attention.
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Old 10-16-2016, 10:00 AM
 
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Jojo was my hand raised Cockatiel and he suddenly passed away last night. I feel like I jinxed him in a way because when I was on the phone that morning the person I was talking to said they could hear him in the background, and i told them he was a cockatiel and that they live a long time. Jojo was 10. He was pretty young for a cockatiel. He was fine in the morning, but then by evening I noticed him laying in the bottom of his cage and he was very listless. A short time later he died. It was so quick.

For those that aren't familiar with Cockatiels.. They're sort of parrot like in that they mimic what they hear. Jojo used to mimic the sound of our phone or our cellphones and the only way to get him to stop 'ringing' was to answer him and say 'hello'.. He was so funny. My grandson would dance and bob his head up and down and Jojo would dance along with him, not very well but it was hysterical to see.

One time I had just come out of the bedroom and I heard loud geese and I thought they were outside, but it was just my Jojo pretending to be a flock of geese. When the doorbell would ring, or if he heard the front door open, he'd start barking so I always knew when someone was coming in the house. He was like my watch bird. He was never quiet. He'd whistle the tune to the Munsters, or just whistle his own little tune. He was so much more than just a bird.
He'd greet me every morning with his squawking so excited to see me and he'd ring his toy bell, but not this morning. The house is so quiet now, the silence is deafening. I miss him.
You've made me cry.
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I'm so sorry you lost your little feather-friend. I lost my first conure when he was eight, and it was hard to take.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:44 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I am so sorry for the loss of JoJo. It is so very hard when we lose our pets. For me, getting another one within a month has helped a lot but that's just me. I focused my attention on the new pet rather than on my sadness.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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What a wonderful little bird your JoJo was. I am so sorry you lost him suddenly, but I know you'll see him again when the time is right. In the meantime, as Happy in Wyoming said, cry your eyes out. It does help.
And know that JoJo is in a good place, waiting for you.
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:21 AM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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Thank you! I put my name on a bird rescue site and the lady said she'd contact me if any birds became available.. but I think I'm going to wait on that until I find out what's going on in my house.

I posted another thread in the pets forum because right after I buried the bird, I went to feed the guinea pigs and they were BOTH dead and I was looking for suggestions on why that would happen. One of the posters there mentioned checking the carbon monoxide level in the house. It's too much of a coincidence to have 3 small animals die at the same time.

I'm going to check the carbon monoxide levels and see if that's it.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Oh so very sorry for you. To lose so many so quickly must be devasting.
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Old 10-25-2016, 07:13 PM
 
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I am so sorry for your loss,OP
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