Friday, July 27, 2007
our parakeet, Ms. DeBird, died.
She came to us from our next-door neighbors. They said that a relative of theirs had found this parakeet at their bird feeder, and caught it, and gave it to them, but they were going on vacation and would we mind keeping an eye on "Mr. Bird" for them, for just a little while?
and that became three years.
She was bossy, aggressive, demanding, pushy, not at all friendly. but she'd whistle back at you if you whistled at her just right, which was adorable.
She seemed not to have suffered tremendously, although her feathers were looking kind of rumpled over the past week. I thought she was just molting. I feel so bad that I was wrong.
It's sad to lose an animal. And you know it's dumb and foolish to grieve over a parakeet of all things, and embarrassing, yet it's sometimes easier to grieve for a pet than a person.
Antiprince is in charge of the parakeet sendoff to Valhalla, usually accomplished with The Big Spoon in the backyard under the mulberry. he did that this morning, nobly and bravely and with much dignity, unlike the first time we lost a flock member, where we wept like children for an hour.
my ladyfriend lost her rats last year (yes, she had pet rats; two of them) and she was very, very sad. she'd only had them for a year, even, and in that year she'd grown very attached.
a friend of ours just lost her rabbit of 9 years. she was devastated.
i'm sorry you lost your bird friend.
I think a Big Spoon is a much more dignified send-off.
yeah, bigger birds have significantly longer lifespans. don't parrots live to be, like 50 or 60? something ridiculously long like that?
now that things have settled down, though - we've noticed that the remaining flock seems, well, happier, if that term can reasonably be applied. they're chirpier, more active, everyone seems to be eating better. maybe we won't get a fourth bird after all.
yeah, we're all okay now. the remaining birds are totally NOT in mourning.
I wonder who's taking care of Winston Churchill's parrot. you think it's, like, the National Trust?
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