We are on a long weekend (4 days/3 nights) trip and we are all missing Petal sooooo much! I was so worried leaving him and this is our first time doing so.
My daughter is very good with animals and used to work for a large pet store chain training dogs. She has had parakeets and I trust her with him (as well as our other pets!). Not to mention, she has been somewhat house sitting and spending a few hours a day hanging out at the house and playing with him.
I am enjoying taking this time away as a last little fling before the kids go back to school. However, I'm going to open that door and run straight to his cage! I miss my little baby bird!
Has anyone felt similarly? She leaves Animal Planet on in the background for him when she isn't there. She says when she walks in the door he is like a puppy and gets excited running around and talking incessantly. Yup, that's Petal!
The way you feel is perfectly understandable and it's even more difficult when the pet bird is very much bonded, attached and dependant on you.
I have no problem in leaving my flock under my mother's expert care when I have to be out of the house for a few days, the only exception is my Khaleesi.
When I have to be more than 1 full day and night away, for my very own peace of mind, I have to take my super bonded lovebird Khaleesi with me.
As to real vacations, I don't take them. I prefer to spend the extra time with my pets.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
I went through the same thing last weekend, Cheleya, when I went on a two night trip to the mainland to visit some friends. It was only the second time I have left Apollo for that long and I was totally nervous about it.
The first time I went away for a weekend I left him at my mom's house, but when I got back he was noticeably mad, squawking like crazy and even biting me when I tried to calm him down. As soon as we got home though he started singing and dancing and playing like normal.
This time around my boyfriend was recovering from dental surgery so he was happy to bird-sit at my house while I was away. On day two I was missing Apollo so I picked up my phone to check in, and found that Chris had already sent me a picture of what looked like Apollo smiling! When I got home the next day I found the two of them excited to show me a new game they'd invented where Chris tapped out a rhythm on a small bell, then Apollo hit a bigger bell to finish off the tune.
So I'm sure that since your daughter and Petal are already buddies that they are having a blast while you're away, and that he will be very happy to see you when you run to his cage tomorrow
In classical mythology Apollo is god of the sky, truth, music, and healing,
and is defender of flocks.