Artoo update and a question/concern about travel and boarding
Hi everyone! So…I’ve had my sweet-rescued-budgie girl Artoo for 3 months now. We’re making progress slowly, she isn’t ready to step up yet, but will eat millet from between my fingers.
Just this week she’s decided that (sometimes, of course, heh) she’s SUPER interested in me and will call to me (or ack-ack-ack if chirping doesn’t work fast enough) then jump on the side of her cage and lick my nose and preen my hair through the cage when I go over to her. I love this little bird so much.
Anyway… next month for Thanksgiving I’m taking a trip to visit my mom who lives 1200 miles north of here. My husband and I will be away for 2 weeks. We do this twice a year…but now we have a bird to take care of (and worry about!). This is all new territory for me…
I don’t think anyone I know would be able to take care of Artoo properly. But my avian vet also boards birds, and since I trust him and his staff this seems to be the best option for her care while we are away.
The thing is…I feel really terrible about leaving her for 2 weeks. Will Artoo understand what’s happening? Will she think I abandoned her? Have any of you had to do this before? How did you handle it? How did your bird(s) cope?
I've had to board my birds with the vet on several occasions and they were always very forgiving on my return don't worry Artoo will have plenty of company in boarding and will be happy to share all his stories about his new friends (or frienemies ) when you get home
Just make sure to check with the vet well in advance about what tests need to be done prior to boarding as some tests can take a bit of time to come back and a good practice will want all boarders health checked prior to approving boarding requests.
No matter what kind of pet we have, it's never easy to leave it with someone else when we go on a vacation.
I totally understand your concern about leaving little Artoo for two weeks. I believe leaving her with your vet is a very good option.
She'll miss you but she'll be fine. Hopefully, there will be other birds there to talk to her from their cages and I'm sure the vet's staff will talk to her as well.
Niamh has offered you very good advice.
I've never boarded birds, but I've boarded my dogs a lot.
It's hard to leave them, but with a vet you know your baby will be in good care just give Artoo lots of millet and new toys when you return and I'm sure he'll forgive you
Thanks for the advice everyone! <3 Artoo had 3 vet visits after I rescued her in mid-July (she had scaly mites pretty bad, poor thing) and I had the vet do all the tests to make sure she didn't have anything else. They will require another checkup when I board her, just to be sure. It's really a great place.
I'm not leaving until 19 November but I'm already feeling sad about having to leave her...
Ella everyone here shares your concern with these predicaments.
I must say having a great vet to board her with is extremely good.
I have my son move back in when we go away and we still worry
It is natural for you to feel how you are. Perhaps you can ask them to send you a picture every now and then and she is in the best possible hands after all said and done.