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Old 06-10-2014, 07:26 AM
 
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My 15-year-old little buddy, Soldier, is passing away. I've had him since college, and he's always been such a sassy and smart, loyal companion. I've taken him everywhere with me.

He's slowed down the last few years. We live in the country now and he loves watching the birds outside. This morning suddenly I could tell he was near the end. Not able to stay on a perch, sort of having wing spasms.

I know him well enough to know that it's his time. I called in sick to work and now he's resting comfortably in my hand, his favorite way to snuggle. I'm talking to him softly and remembering all the fun we've had and the different places we've lived, and all the people who've been charmed by his confident and sassy attitude. I'm telling him that I'm here and that it's ok for him to go. Of course, I'm not keeping it together.

Not really a question, just some reflections on how much a 2-ounce friend can change our lives and how hard it is to watch them go.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I am the owner of a 16 year old lovebird, syringe and spoon fed by me..
It's amazing how we can bond with these little birds and them us..
I am not looking forward to the day when my little friend starts to go..

I'm so sorry for what you are experiencing now..
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Sorry for your loss. I have had many birds, from small to large and it is never easy losing any of them.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:28 PM
 
Location: In The South
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So sorry for your loss. I have tears in my eyes reading your post. Hugs.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:53 AM
 
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My 15-year-old little buddy, Soldier, is passing away. I've had him since college, and he's always been such a sassy and smart, loyal companion. I've taken him everywhere with me.

He's slowed down the last few years. We live in the country now and he loves watching the birds outside. This morning suddenly I could tell he was near the end. Not able to stay on a perch, sort of having wing spasms.

I know him well enough to know that it's his time. I called in sick to work and now he's resting comfortably in my hand, his favorite way to snuggle. I'm talking to him softly and remembering all the fun we've had and the different places we've lived, and all the people who've been charmed by his confident and sassy attitude. I'm telling him that I'm here and that it's ok for him to go. Of course, I'm not keeping it together.

Not really a question, just some reflections on how much a 2-ounce friend can change our lives and how hard it is to watch them go.
I am so sorry. It makes me tear up remembering my peach-faced lovebird that I had a number of years ago. It is wonderful that you had so many adventures and good times with him, but I am so sorry you are losing him.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:07 PM
 
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I am so sorry. It makes me tear up remembering my peach-faced lovebird that I had a number of years ago. It is wonderful that you had so many adventures and good times with him, but I am so sorry you are losing him.

He passed comfortably snuggling in my hand. It's amazing how big of a spot such a small creature can take up in one's heart. As I said in the OP, we have lived in the country the last few years, I found a nice spot in the woods, buried him with his favorite toys in a Christmas cookie tin, and planted a nice hosta over him.

Thank you all for the condolences.

This is one of the last pictures of him alive.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:19 AM
 
Location: so cal
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We have a Peach face just like yours. Jerimiah is 7-8 years old and is one of the best pet birds I've ever owned (I've had many). Ours was also hand raised and we actually smuggled him into a hotel room at a casino when he was a baby. That was his first road trip. To this day he is the only bird in our group who is never nippy and always wants attention.
Sorry for your loss but feel privileged that Soldier gave you so many years of love and he was lucky you did the same for him.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:11 PM
 
Location: so cal
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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He passed comfortably snuggling in my hand. It's amazing how big of a spot such a small creature can take up in one's heart. As I said in the OP, we have lived in the country the last few years, I found a nice spot in the woods, buried him with his favorite toys in a Christmas cookie tin, and planted a nice hosta over him.

Thank you all for the condolences.

This is one of the last pictures of him alive.
::hug:: I'm so sorry for your loss. It looks like he has lived a wonderful life with you! You're in my thoughts during this difficult time.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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My 15-year-old little buddy, Soldier, is passing away. I've had him since college, and he's always been such a sassy and smart, loyal companion. I've taken him everywhere with me.

He's slowed down the last few years. We live in the country now and he loves watching the birds outside. This morning suddenly I could tell he was near the end. Not able to stay on a perch, sort of having wing spasms.

I know him well enough to know that it's his time. I called in sick to work and now he's resting comfortably in my hand, his favorite way to snuggle. I'm talking to him softly and remembering all the fun we've had and the different places we've lived, and all the people who've been charmed by his confident and sassy attitude. I'm telling him that I'm here and that it's ok for him to go. Of course, I'm not keeping it together.

Not really a question, just some reflections on how much a 2-ounce friend can change our lives and how hard it is to watch them go.

I'm sure being cuddled in your hand was the kindest, most comforting way for him to pass. Little Soldier was a lucky bird who had a great life, and was blessed with a great human companion. So very sorry for your loss.
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