My budgie Holly died yesterday afternoon, and I am absolutely devastated. It's amazing how you can become so attached to such a tiny animal, but she brought so much joy to my life. She had been on medicine for a respiratory infection, and I was ecstatic because I thought it was helping and she looked better than ever. But she suddenly took a turn for the worse on Sunday morning. Our nearest avian vet is 1 1/2 hours away. In desperation I was preparing to go to all the local pet shops to see if I could get more medicine of some sort, but I just knew in my heart that she would die while I was out, and I felt that she deserved to have someone with her at that time, even though death is something I'm not keen on watching!
It was a very very difficult decision, but my husband and I decided to hold her until she passed away, rather than just letting her waste away at the bottom of her cage. We had her nestled in a towel on top of a warm water bottle. It was so difficult to see my "baby" suffer and fade away. But the moment I am most thankful for, and that I will never forget as long as I live, is just seconds before she died. She opened her eyes wide (she had had them shut tight for at least 30 minutes, and half closed for hours before that), and she looked at us both, moving her head around like she was watching us. At that moment she looked alert, and completely healthy, like the Holly we used to know. She reacted when we talked to her. For a moment I thought that perhaps she was going to make it, but seconds later she closed her eyes for the last time.
Holly was such a special budgie. She had a very gentle and trusting personality. She was the first to try out new things. She broke her wing sometime before we purchased her and it healed wrong, so she couldn't fly very well. She loved to run around on the floor like a chicken, but when she decided she was finished she would sit and look for a hand to take her back up to her cage. She knew she could trust me to handle her when I needed to. She shared a cage with Buddy, and I can tell he misses her terribly. They were best friends. He always tried to take care of her like she was his baby. While she was in her hospital cage they would talk to each other every few minutes. Every once in a while he still calls for her, but I think he's understanding she isn't going to answer anymore.
We planted some yellow mums and daffodil bulbs outside to remember her by. I can't wait until the daffodils come up in the spring! I hope my little budgie knew how much she was loved...I think she did.
I'm sorry to hear about Holly, She sure does know how much you loved her, Just think of it this way, she's not flying with no problems, she's breathing normally again - she's living the normal life you wished for her in your world
I am so very deeply sorry to hear about your precious little sweetheart Holly. Our pet budgies really do mean so much to us; sometimes we don't even realize just how much until they are no longer with us. I am so glad that you and your husband were with her until the end. May she rest in peace.
I think dying alone is one of the saddest things of all. I am glad you were able to hold her while she left.
Cutie Pie, Olive, Budgie, Baby Boy, Star, Pepper, Ariel, Oscar, Charlie, Little One, Chiclet.
Cutie Pie, Olive, Ariel, Little One and Chiclet are children of Budgie and Oscar.
Budgie and Star left us in 2009. Pepper and Oscar left us this year, 2010. 2018 and all are gone. Ariel and Cutie Pie died this Feb and March. Both over 11 years old.
A good day is a day all your birds are happy and healthy.
I am so sorry to hear that you lost your precious budgie. You did what you could, and now she is in a better place.
If anybody understands what you are going through - it is the people on this forum. We have been there, and we know how you suffer...it takes time, lots of time.....
So very sorry to heard of the passing of your Holly. Only the passing of time will lessen the pain. Then you will be able to remember the good times with your Holly and I know that will bring a smile back to your face.
It is very hard to lose a pet, especially one you loved so dearly like Holly. I am so sorry, I can't imagine what you're going through. Just remeber the good times you had together. They will always be in your heart. Monitor Buddy closely because I am sure he is finding it hardest to lose his friend and soulmate.