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In Memory Tributes and Memorials to Budgies which have moved on to the Rainbow Bridge

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Old 12-16-2013, 05:25 AM
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Two weeks ago my father-in-law came to visit us. Coming from Alaska, this was his first trip to Australia, his first time meeting his 2 little grandkids. He spent a couple of weeks with us when we lived in Oregon in 2009 and it didn't go well so we were expecting a lot of drama.. He and my husband are complete polar opposites, FIL is a chain smoking, womanizing, alcoholic who didn't have much to do with his kids after he divorced their mom. He's a difficult person to deal with but we wanted to try and make his trip as pleasant as possible. He wanted to spend a week at the beach so my husband rented a house and I had no choice but to go along with it.

I arranged for my mom to come and take care of our pets except for Ark our Currawong, I asked my brother in law (Trev) to care for him because he was hand raised by Trev's good friend. Ark knows him, is nervous around strangers and Trev has always been good with him. My mom suggested that Trev (the brother in law) watch all the animals since he had to come out daily to feed Ark anyway.

I agreed to that because he really didn't have to do much and every time his family goes on vacation (several times a year) we take care of their pets which is no small feat: cats, dogs, turtles, snakes, lizards, spiders, scorpions, fish, frogs, rats - the list goes on. We pick up their mail, put out their bins for collection, anything they need. In fact next week they're going on a cruise over Christmas and New years and half of their pets will be staying at our house..

My sister helped me write out a detailed description of what to do. Ark needed to be fed meat, berries and meal worms everyday. Trash goes out on Sunday. Dogs, cats, conures, budgies and bunny only needed water levels checked because they had plenty of dry food. I put seed bells up for the parrots and water in fountain style holders to prevent them from getting dirty. Easy right? Apparently not.

I came back to find Ark with an inch of filthy water left, the budgie's water was mostly dried up and had never been checked, the Conures had knocked down 2 of their fountains but still had one left and it was pretty clean thanks to ACV. He had only fed Ark 3 times and didn't put out the trash.. The only water he changed was the dogs water ONCE and that's only because HIS dog was staying at OUR house. UGGGH.

The first thing I did was role call on the budgies, all were accounted for and looked fine. I cleaned out the aviary thoroughly and gave them fresh water with ACV in some and probiotics in the others.

The following day my daughter came to tell me that Quiche had a pasted vent. I went out to check on him and he was fluffed up and had a large amount of poo stuck around his bottom. He's always been a sweetie but I was concerned when he didn't object to me clearing his vent..
After I isolated him in the hospital cage he started to vomit. Because it was late Saturday I had to do a phone consult with our emergency vet who's office wouldn't be open until Monday. She said he probably had a bacterial infection from the dirty water and we arranged for some antibiotics to be picked up. A day later, meds and ACV wasn't working, he continued to vomit and by Sunday night he was gone..

As if losing Quiche wasn't bad enough, my FIL kept going out to take his smoke breaks by walking through the aviary out into the backyard, which he didn't need to do. I asked him politely to please go out through the front door or back door NOT through the aviary and my husband did the same but he continued to do as he pleased, especially when we weren't looking, going in and out all day long. I ended up putting a padlock on the door but the damage was done. After dropping off the FIL at the airport I found Whirl covered in blood from an injury I assume was caused by getting his foot stuck in the aviary door and today during feeding time I noticed that Bower is gone. He probably even noticed that he let him out and didn't bother to say anything. I'm so freakin upset right now. I didn't like the guy to begin with but now I don't ever want him coming back here. I keep sitting outside trying to see if I can find Bower but I know it's pointless. Tomorrow I'll try putting up fliers and contacting animal shelters but it's not likely we'll get him back.

I miss them both terribly and I feel like I should have been able to prevent all this from happening, I wish I hadn't gone with them but I know I didn't get a say in it.

We got home Friday afternoon, it's Monday night now and no more Budgies have shown any sign of illness so I'm hoping that Quiche was an isolated incident. Whirl is doing well which is surprising because he lost a LOT of blood.

Sigh.. this is why I prefer the company of animals to humans. People almost always let you down.

Rest in peace my beautiful fluffy Quiche and fingers crossed for someone to find my lovely little Bower bird.



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Old 12-16-2013, 05:36 AM
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Oh no, how terrible What a situation and to think you were trusting your brother in law and he did this to you and now you have to turn around and look after his pets. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Quiche, I do know how much care and devotion you show to your animals I would be very angry and upset as well. I do hope Bower comes back you never know
Aisliyna, please take comfort in knowing how deeply shocked and sad we all are feeling for you and your flock. How rude can a person be and so cruel to not even mention that one of your budgies got hurt and another was let out. Hugs and and best wishes to you and your loved ones hope things are better soon .
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Oh my god, how awfully stressful and heartbreaking to find your beloved pets in such a way... I'm so sorry for your loss of Quiche and now Bower is missing too... You have my deepest sympathies.
I do hope and pray for Bower's safe return to you.

Rest in peace, sweet Quiche. You were much loved and will be missed.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:52 AM
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Allie, I'm so so sorry

It's happened at the worst time of year, just before Christmas.

I can't believe you put your trust into these people and they completely broke it... I always worry that if I go away something would happen to my birds. I always planned to ask my grandfather to birdsit the aviary but thinking about it, he wouldn't use the double door system and the flock would all fly out... but I wouldn't trust my brother too either, he's not responsible for someone who's nearly 30.

I hope your flock recovers well and no more illnesses appear.

On a brighter note, I hope you enjoyed your vacation.
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Well call me crazy but we haven't been on a vacation since I saved Budget because we don't trust anybody to be able to look after him and the others who are outside in the aviary. If we do go anywhere budgies will have to be allowed to go as well.
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Oh no, how terrible What a situation and to think you were trusting your brother in law and he did this to you and now you have to turn around and look after his pets. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Quiche, I do know how much care and devotion you show to your animals I would be very angry and upset as well. I do hope Bower comes back you never know
Aisliyna, please take comfort in knowing how deeply shocked and sad we all are feeling for you and your flock. How rude can a person be and so cruel to not even mention that one of your budgies got hurt and another was let out. Hugs and and best wishes to you and your loved ones hope things are better soon .
Thanks so much Cathy, I know everyone here understands. My husband keeps apologizing and asking what he can do to make me feel better but it's not his fault. He keeps offering to "replace" them for me but he doesn't understand that he can't..
I can't refuse to look after my sister's pets because it isn't her fault her husband didn't do what he was meant to while she was with us at the beach. It's a messed up situation.

I'm glad I'm back here now and the nightmare is over.


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Oh my god, how awfully stressful and heartbreaking to find your beloved pets in such a way... I'm so sorry for your loss of Quiche and now Bower is missing too... You have my deepest sympathies.
I do hope and pray for Bower's safe return to you.

Rest in peace, sweet Quiche. You were much loved and will be missed.
Thanks so much Aluz, I just hope if Bower doesn't make his way back to us that at least someone will have found him and given him a good home.

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Allie, I'm so so sorry

It's happened at the worst time of year, just before Christmas.

I can't believe you put your trust into these people and they completely broke it... I always worry that if I go away something would happen to my birds. I always planned to ask my grandfather to birdsit the aviary but thinking about it, he wouldn't use the double door system and the flock would all fly out... but I wouldn't trust my brother too either, he's not responsible for someone who's nearly 30.

I hope your flock recovers well and no more illnesses appear.

On a brighter note, I hope you enjoyed your vacation.
Thanks James

It's hard having birds because they aren't as simple to care for as other pets. Going away causes a lot of problems. I think they would have done better if I just put out more water fountains and left them to fend for themselves to be honest.

Anyway the trip had it's ups and downs. I mostly spent the whole time watching the kids and cleaning up after everyone while my husband tried in vain to entertain his father. I could have done that from home but there were some positives and I took a lot of pictures, especially some great parrot pictures for everyone here so I'll make another thread to share those.

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Well call me crazy but we haven't been on a vacation since I saved Budget because we don't trust anybody to be able to look after him and the others who are outside in the aviary. If we do go anywhere budgies will have to be allowed to go as well.
I completely understand not trusting anyone with your precious Budget.
I'd be happy not going anywhere at all but having family so far away, we're expected to both visit and be visited. I could have taken them this time but it's a bit hard to travel with such a large flock.
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Allie I must confess I shed a tear reading your thread , I am so upset and to think it was a family member they are so precious these little guys and you have a wonderful husband by the sounds of things even though he doesn't quite understand the feelings involved.
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Allie I am so very sorry but your Brother in law sounds like he isn't very good at looking after animals or your pets....How rude can a person be and so cruel to not even to tell you that one of your budgies got hurt and another was let out.I send you Hugs and and best wishes to you and your loved ones hope things are better soon... Have you put flyers out to see if someone has caught your budgie or put an add in the paper or put flyers in the letter boxes maybe a carer has found your budgie or maybe the shelter home has found your budgie i wouldn't give up someone may find your budgie for you.. We can only pray that he comes home safely... But that is so cruel your brother in law should no better than that that is not nice what he did to you... I would be very mad and upset to if my brother in law did that but i only have sister in laws so if one of those did that to me i'd be mad also.... I hope your flock recovers from the illness and don't get sick again..I do hope and pray for Bower's safe return to you. This is so stressful for you and heartbreaking. I wish there was something that i could do to help you but i am in Bundaberg... Indi and i send you hugs and we are thinking about you at this hard time. If you need to talk we are here for you send a message to us and we will try to help by listening..
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Oh my gosh Allie. I can't even begin to imagine the horror and devastation of being in this situation. It is so shocking to me that anyone would have such disregard, especially while in someone else's home. I am beyond words. And I'm so sorry this happened.

I hope that Bower returns; don't give up yet.

Fly high and free Quiche. What a beautiful budgie you were.

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