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

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Old 02-21-2015, 02:13 AM
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My little Gus girl died today. Both my budgies are gone.
She'd been unwell for a few weeks, but she went way downhill overnight. Last night she was eating and up on her perch. This morning she was so weak. My normally spunky, independent bird didn't even try to get away when I picked her up. And when she tried to fly she just fell to the ground.
We've been to the vet several times recently and she even spent the weekend at the vet because I had to go out of town. When she first got sick we started her on meds and she improved, but then the meds started making her throw up. When I took her in again, I actually saw a vet tech, not the vet, who said to stop giving her the oral meds. I agreed because they were clearly upsetting her tummy, but also asked multiple times if we could give her an injectable antibiotic, a suggestion she brushed aside. I'm so mad at myself - it seemed like she thought I was being some sort of overbearing bird mom and that nothing was wrong with Gus except that I was giving her unnecessary meds. I knew in my gut there was more to it. When I picked her up from boarding a few days ago I even asked again and she told me, "leave her alone - she's eating." Why did I doubt myself? I should have demanded to talk to the actual vet, but the vet, who I actually like and think is a good doctor, was the one who said to see the tech. Clearly I am trying to make sense of everything, but I can't blame them. I don't doubt the tech thought she was doing what was best, and maybe it wouldn't have helped anyway. At the same time, I really don't think it should have gone this way.
When I saw how Gus looked this morning, my heart just sank. I didn't immediately take her in because it seemed hopeless and I didn't want to put her through the stress of a vet visit if I was going to lose her anyway, even though I also didn't want to give up on her. I thought about going to my other bird vet, who is farther away, but they just had a crazy hot water pipe disaster and their facility is not open. So I got her to drink some water, went to work, and she was gone when I got home. I talked to the vet when I was at work and she thought it sounded like she was beyond help, but thought I should bring her in to put her to sleep. I'm really glad she died at home. She was warm and had parakeet sounds playing in the background.
I had Gus for almost 8 years. I thought she was a boy at first, but the name stuck because she was a little bit grumpy and Gus was a perfect name for a grouchy girl. She wasn't hand tamed, but I was attached to her just the same. And I do think she liked me a little bit. She didn't want to sit on me, but she'd run over to me for rescue if she got stuck under the bed or on the floor. And especially since Paisley died, she seemed excited and animated when I was in the room with her. She'd start preening and playing with her toys. I think she knew I was her friend. Over the years, a few times when I was sitting on my bed using my laptop, she flew over and sat on the top of the screen. It was such an honor, I'd practically stop breathing. She wasn't a cuddly bird, she didn't talk or do tricks, but she was a perfect Gus. I loved how excited she got about carrot tops and her pretty scalloped back and how she was the world's tiniest, cutest paper shredder. Here she is:

I'm so sad. I miss them both so much.

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I'm so sorry for your loss.

R.I.P. Gus - the pretty hen.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:33 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Gus. I hope that your happy memories together will overshadow your grief shortly.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:35 AM
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I'm so sorry for your loss... I'm sure your Gus knows how much she was loved and taken care of. You relied on the vet's and did your very best to cure her. The pain from losing your beautiful Gus is already more than enough, so try not to blame yourself. Gus is now playing and flying free with Paisley on rainbow bridge
Time will heal the hole left in your heart by Gus' departure and soon you will be able to remember fondly the memories of all the good times you had with her.
Your sweet girl and Paisley will always live on in your heart.

I hope you will feel better soon and when your heart is healed enough and you feel you are ready, you may even consider getting another feathery friend to brighten your days once again.

Rest in peace, beautiful Gus. You were much loved and will be missed.
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Rest in Peace, sweet beautiful Gus. Keep her cute face and happy song close to your heart and she will be with you forever. You and Gus had 8 fun years together, filled with love and good care. As you said, she was the perfect Gus. I am so sorry for your loss.
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Beautiful little Gus. It hurts so much when we lose them. Remember all the joy she gave you. And now she will be flying high with Paisley. They will always be in your heart.RIP little budgies. You will all be together one day.
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Aww - so sorry to read you lost your cute, grumpy little Gus - I loved reading what you wrote about her - she sounded like quite a character! Just because she wasn't tame clearly has no bearing on your attachment - she was a big and constant presence in your life for many years. I have also lived with a similar budgie girl before.
I doubt there was much more you could have done for her in the end - even a vet cannot necessarily prolong life in every situation...
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So sorry to hear about Gus. You did everything you could for her and she knew that. What a beautiful little girl.At least she was at home when she passed. I take a tiny comfort that my little Lily(who passed a couple of wks ago)was where she wanted to be. I just feel bad I was not there at the time but I am glad I did not have to take her in either.
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I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful blue girl. Little Gus is happily chirping with Paisley, and I know that they both knew how loved they were. You did all you could and unfortunately some vets don't understand how delicate birds are. I'm glad she was comfortable at home when she passed, and I hope soon your sadness will give way to happy memories!
R.I.P little Gus and Paisley!
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