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

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Old 05-22-2008, 09:21 AM
 
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I can't believe I have to put my sweet, little Poofer's name in this section. Duke passed away last thursday, and I knew it upset Poofer. He clung to the side of the cage, trying to get out to where Duke's cage used to be. I gave him lots of millet (which didn't interest him) and spent as much time as I could with him since I had to work.

I uncovered his (and Bijou and Louie's cage since all three were cage mates) on Monday morning, and I thought I was going to die when I saw poor little Poof on the floor of the cage. I couldn't believe it. He had no signs of illness, no poofiness, no abnormal poops, his vent was clean, he was active. If anything was different, it was that he was too active because of how upset he was about Duke not being there anymore. I just thought he would eventually come to grips and move on...

I got Bijou and Louie out of the cage, and looked online for the nearest CERTIFIED avian vet, which is 3.5 hours from where I live. I called and told them what happened and asked if they should do a necropsy on Poof (which I really didn't want to do). They said to just bring in Bijou and Louie for a checkup... So we took care of Poofy and took Bijou and Louie to the vet.

The vet said that Bijou and Louie were ok (after several tests and physical exams). There was just a small touch of bacteria in the grahm stain which she said is usually normal, but we're treating it anyway with two .05 doses/day of baytril and a drop of probiotic gel.

She said that often if two birds are incredibly bonded and one passes away, the other will just stop eating and starve itself to death I had never heard of this before, but it explains what happened to Poofer. I didn't think to pay attention to whether or not he was eating. He just acted ok, nothing out of the ordinary, and then all of a sudden he was gone. I feel so horribly for not having thought of this and for not doing more. I just didn't even know.

So not only did we lose Duke to a long-term illness which we had been battling so hard against, but we lost Poofy because he starved himself to death. I just don't even know what to say. Every morning when I wake all of the birds up, I'm so afraid someone is just going to be gone. It's gotten to the point where I'm afraid to wake the birds up, I have been asking Nate to wake everyone up. I just can't get over seeing Poofy laying there. I wish I had known to look for that. I wish I could have saved him. He was such an active, funny little bird with so much personality. I just can't believe he's gone.

I'm sorry for the novel. I just can't even believe it.

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Old 05-22-2008, 09:26 AM
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Budgier, i'm so sorry to hear about Poofy, especially after reading about Duke just a few days ago.

Hang in there. I know it's going to be difficult. These things happen, unfortunately, and you weren't to know. It could have happened to anyone.

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im so sorry for your loss i know how hard it is, just try and remember what a good life they both had with you try and put all your engery in to your other birds this will help to come to terms with duke and poofy, we all thinking of you and if you ever need to talk im here R.I.P Duke and Poofy
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:33 AM
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i am so sorry for poofy and duke.. i made a thread about a pair of birds and if one flies away would the other one die? they said its only a myth.. and from your story i think its true.. specially if they have a strong bond.... they would rather die than to be with another or be alone... thats so sad im really sorry... i think they are happily together now...
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I'm so sorry to hear about Poofy

I remember reading some where ( can't recall where now) that 2 birds who are bonded really well if one passes the other might die shortley afterwards they called it "broken heart sydrome) - it acutally happens in humans as well


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Oh dear.....I am so sorry for your loss of Duke and now Poofy..... It is incredible how bonded they can become to each other, and how attached we become to them. Sometimes it is just out of our control what life brings our way, and even if you had known, I doubt you could have forced Poofy to eat, so Poofy is with Duke now where he wanted and needed to be, and you did all you could for them, and now you move on with the wonderful birds that are still in your care. Fly free sweet birdies....
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I'm so sorry to read this. My heart dropped when I saw this thinking she just lost Duke.
R.I.P. Poof Fly High with Duke
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I am so sorry to hear that, hope they're flying over Rainbow Bridge together.
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Oh Karen how my heart sank when I saw Poofy's name here...I'm in tears and could barely even get myself to open this thread. I'm so sorry for your loss and so close to your loss of Duke!

I remember how you would tell us about the ways that Poofy would comfort Duke when he was sick...such a sweet little guy!
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Oh no I'm so sorry to be reading this.... my thoughts are with you, big hugs!
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