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OllieBudgie 01-31-2015 05:06 PM

In memory of Ollie; aka 'Mister Budgie'
Ollie joined us on Dec 6th 2009, he was 5 months old at the time. He wasn't tame, and after being relentlessly pursued by the pet shop assistants hand around the cage there, he was needless to say, nervous and shaken at first.

He soon adjusted to our fairly busy household (my daughters were 8 and 4 at the time) and we found he would do almost anything for a nibble of grape. In time he became hand tame and would land on each of us for a few seconds in turn, which was funny.

I developed a real bond with him, and him with me in return, we became inseparable for the rest of his too short life, and if I was at home he was on my head or hand chattering his newly learned phrases. I went to work on a few occasions with his 'calling card' smudged on me somewhere I hadn't spotted, until someone would ask "is that bird poo on you?"

A few months on his vocabulary grew massively, as well as his personality. He could barely hide his joy when we were at the mirror together whistling our song. He would dance in perfect time, only pausing his singing to throw his head back and utter quiet squawking noises of approval as his happiness peaked.

He would sit on my head wherever I was and go through his repertoire, only stopping if a camera started recording him, we did still manage to get a lot of video's of him thankfully.

We moved house when he was a couple of years old, this was a strange experience to him, and it took a while before he wanted to venture out of sight of his cage, eventually he found his favourite haunts though, particularly the bathroom, where he would ambush unsuspecting visitors who went in there. To have a budgie plonk himself on their head as they are halfway through the 'performance' was met with a whole range of responses. We had a 'Beware of the Budgie' sign on the door in the end, as not all people are like us; comfortable with being flapped around.

Ollie was learning various objects around the house by name. I'd ask where something was and he would land on it, I was teaching him "go home" to land on his cage, when during November 2013 he fell ill with a stomach infection after a heavy moult. This was a worrying time, he lost a lot of weight, but after going to a few different vets one found the cause and we got him better.

It took a lot out of him though, and he always seemed 'older' afterwards. It took a few months before he was back to normal, and then he really started to surprise us. Occasionally he appeared to speak in context, landing on me when I got home from work, telling me he'd missed me and asking how I was, or I'd say "Hello Ollie" he'd reply in his deep little voice "Mister Budgieeeee".

Words he'd learned from me, but he was seeming to know when to use them.

He was still learning at a good rate, right up until November 2014 when I noticed his breathing was more laboured after flight, other than that he was still a chatterbox and full of happiness. He flew less though, preferring to sit and have a nap on me. Then we had a couple of good weeks until he went downhill just after Christmas, so it was back to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics for a respiratory infection. They didn't help, and the ordeal of getting them into him left him drained and confused that we would handle him in that way.

After a week with no real improvement we stopped the course and boosted his vitamin intake, turned up the heating and hoped for the best. But he still got worse so it was back to the vets again to be given some very strong antibiotics.

Ollie never uttered a sound after this, and 2 days into the new antibiotics he landed on my wife (she was near him) but couldn't get his breath.

My poor boy died in my hands on 28th January 2015, he was 5 1/2 years old.

Ollie was a member of the family (or us his flock), he'd eat at the table with us from his own meal (he loved boiled rice or pasta), and he interacted in our lives as fully as he could.

Losing him was like being hit by a truck. It still is. I'm a grown man but have been experiencing full on grief since he went, I knew I'd miss him when that day came, but letting go has proved harder than I could of imagined.

Thanks for reading this far, I hope I didn't go on too much, I just needed to share a small part of Ollie's life, as he deserved to be remembered, I'll never forget you Ollie, that's for sure. R.I.P Mister Budgie x

A couple of video clips here:

FaeryBee 01-31-2015 05:23 PM

I'm SO very sorry for your loss of darling Ollie (aka Mister Budgie).
Your tribute to him was very moving and I must confess I'm crying now as I'm trying to type my response.
What a wonderfully close bond you had with Ollie! Very few are fortunate enough to share such a strong connection. :hug:

The pictures in Ollie's album show how vibrant and full of life and excitement he was.
I'm sure he's now at the Rainbow Bridge entertaining all the other budgies with the tales of his exploits and encouraging them to to take part in some fun games with him.

Fly high and free darling Ollie; rest peacefully now sweetest boy.
When tomorrow starts without me,

And I'm not there to see;

If the sun should rise
and find your eyes

All filled with tears for me;

I know how much you love me,

As much as I love you,

And each time that you think of me,

I know you'll miss me too
So when tomorrow starts without me,

Don't think we're far apart,

For every time you think of me,

I'm right here, in your heart.
~David Romano

OllieBudgie 01-31-2015 05:51 PM

Thank you :)

We had an incredible bond. He'd perch on my finger and lean in the direction of whatever he wanted us to go to (usually a mirror for song time), or just to be closer to me. I never taught him to do this, or was even aware that budgies did this, but it worked. He had me trained as I would let him guide me to whatever it was he wanted to do. :)

justmoira 01-31-2015 06:40 PM

I'm so sorry for you loss, but I'm not sorry he entered into your life. *big hugs*

Jonah 01-31-2015 06:53 PM

Very sorry to hear this. What a wonderful relationship you and your family had with the little fellow, and the emptiness you all feel now, will gradually be replaced with joy at remembering the special little guy...:hug:

SamanthaJ 01-31-2015 07:15 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss :upset: My heart goes out to you.

Peetysmom 01-31-2015 07:15 PM

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story about Ollie. What a wonderful little bird. I am so sorry for your loss. Hold your memories in your heart. Hugs

OllieBudgie 01-31-2015 07:34 PM

Thanks all, much appreciated :)

dsavino 01-31-2015 07:37 PM

What an awesome and wonderful tribute to a beautiful little bird. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your touching story of your life with Ollie makes me feel like I knew him too, and I cried as I read his story and share your grief. What precious memories you have of Ollie and because of them, he will always be with you in your heart. I believe Ollie is with the One who created him now, sitting on His finger, singing Him songs and soaring with angels. What a glorious sight it must be! Thank you for sharing Ollie with us. God bless you and heal your broken heart.:hug:

Pretty boy 01-31-2015 09:00 PM

Through my tears as I read your tribute to dear Ollie I managed to smile when I came to the part of his leaning in the direction he wanted you to go :D I do know how it feels we are never ready for the time when it comes but Ollie shared so many wonderful happy times with you I am sure to him it was a full and loving experience.
So happy you have pictures and memories to recall, Fly free Ollie where the eagles fly way up high.

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