It was a typical bin-o’-budgies at one of the big-box petstores. After trying, unsuccessfully, to locate a breeder in the Maryland/Virginia area who would return my phone calls or emails, I gave up and began scouting every pet store within a 25 mile radius looking for my new friend.
When I finally settled on which store I was happiest with, there were two beautiful little boys who caught my eye.
With great difficulty, I finally decided that although I wanted them both I should choose only one. Sunny came home with me that day. Not too many days later the little fellow had barely moved or chirped and I knew he needed his buddy.
I rushed back to the same petstore'sbin-o’-budgies, hoping against hope.
How happy I was when I saw little Shelby was still there – almost as if he was waiting for me to come back for him.
I talked to him all the way home about his brother and how happy Sunny would be to see him again. The minute I walked in the door with the little pet-store box, I could hear Sunny was chirping upstairs. This was practically a first! Then, little Shelby answered him.
As soon as they were reunited it was as if Sunshine flooded the room. The Sunshine Boys were back together and as happy as any two little budgies could be. They slept together on the same swing for the first two weeks of Shelby’s arrival.
Finally, when they realized that it was REAL and neither would disappear overnight, they chose to sit on identical swings, side by side to sleep each and every night.
While at first I thought Sunny might be the more dominant of the two, it soon became evident that Shelby could easily hold his own and they came up with a system of taking turns on who would boss the other around and scold if things weren’t done his way. Shelby began to shine with his own special bright spunky personality. He would be the first to a new dish of seed, to try a new veggie treat and to enjoy egg food with Sunny following right behind because if Shelby did it, it must be good!
Shelby and Sunny did everything together, playing with the same toy, rubbing their heads or beaks on the same perch at the same time,
swinging, sleeping, you name it and the Sunshine Boys were inseparable. Of course they had little brotherly spats from time to time but
usually it was a rollicking adventure of games of tag in the flight cage, wild flights around the room during out-of cage time and
sharing their happiness through constant budgie talk.
The first time they were allowed into Peachy’s cage (under extremely close supervision) Shelby immediately dived into Peachy’s
pellets stuffing himself as if he didn’t have the exact same variety in his own cage. He was even so brave as to try to sneak up behind Peachy
and attempt to pull his tail!
Shelby was by turns the most shy, most outgoing, quietest, noisiest and most adventurous of my Sunshine Boys.
My world, and Sunny’s, is a better one for the time you shared with us. That time was much to fleeting, but filled with joy and fun.
Although I miss your beautiful presence, I know you are now in a wonderful place; free from pain and suffering.
Now you are once again whole, healthy, happy and shining brightly soaring free and strong through sunshine, starlight and moonbeams.
Sunny sends his love to you and wants you to know he misses you very much. Sparky has tried to help Sunny cope, but there will never
be another budgie as special as you Shelby, in your brother’s eyes.
Rest peacefully my sweetest most precious beautiful Shelby.
I will always hold you close within my heart and hope you know how very much I love you and how hard it was to say “fly free!”
Oh No, Deb - I am stunned and devastated to hear about poor little Shelby - I've been in tears ever since. It feels like I've lost my own budgie friend with him, as you and I have shared pictures with him and my Princess for all the time he's been with you.
I know you did the right thing for him - to end his great pain and suffering; and I also know how excruciating that was for you.
My heart is very heavy right now, as I know yours must be, too. I loved your story about him, and am so sad it ended like this.
I believe your little Shelby is flying free and happy right now, and I know you will be comforted with your memories of him in time.
Please accept my deepest sympathy, Deb - I am so sorry
Unending Thanks, Ms FaeryBee, for the Absolute Perfect Picture!
OMG!!!!!!!! This makes me so sad He was only a month younger than Julio. Poor little thing, I am so sorry for your loss, Deb, I can't even imagine how you are feeling. I know I lost little Pink very early, but we did not have the time to bond like you did with your dear Shelby. My heart goes out to you and the rest of your flock, who I'm sure are missing him too Fly free little guy, you will surely be missed by us all!
I know how hard it is to give that nod to let them fly free.
But what a wonderful life he had with you and Sunny! No
budgie could have been loved more, or given better a better
family life. Your love for him shines through your words
as well as all the beautiful photos you've shared with us.
He will always be a part of TB as he's always going to be in
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