I lost my dear budgie Josquin four days ago. I was on a work trip abroad, and my wife told me that he looked unwell. They went to the vet, who prescribed a medicine, which they applied over 5 days. Apparently he was looking better and gaining strength and weight, but then inexplicably he died during the night on Friday, it seems that he just dropped off his perch. His female companion Bluebirdie was standing by him, looking on.
I found out the text message from my kids while I was taking the airplane back home. I couldn’t stop tears flowing for the duration of the trip. When I arrived home, there was Josquin, lying lifeless in a box. I put him to rest in the ground by the flowerbed. Even now I feel a sense of loss, like a big hole in my heart. And I feel the worse for having been away while it happened. It is amazing, how big a spot I had in my feelings for him.
Meanwhile, Bluebirdie looks silently at Josquin’s empty perch, he sits there all day, like waiting for him to come back. Bluebirdie is healthy, he eats normally, but obviously she misses her companion. She sleeps on the swing where they once slept together, tucked into a corner like making room for the missing bird. We can no longer hear the joyful chirping that filled the house. This is so very sad. A huge feeling of loneliness has invaded the house.
I want to remember Josquin’s company over the three years that we had him, and share it with you, because he was such a special bird. He flew to my shoulder, singing into my ear and climbing over my head. He played ‘climb the ladder’ in my hands, and I would kiss him in the chest and he would ‘kiss’ back. He was full of life and Bluebirdie and him were such great companions, inseparable, always flying together inside the house. I remember the first ‘handshake’, the first time he learned to step up, when we brought Bluebirdie to him and they hit it off so well together, always grooming each other. How many times when I had a sad mood he came to my side, how he loved his treats and how beautiful he was with his bright yellow, green and turquoise plumage. I also remember with joy the first time that he climbed to my shoulder, and how he loved his bath and his toys. And he was a great musician, like his namesake. Alas, this is all gone now.
I know it is time to move on, and transfer this loving energy to another budgie that may become Bluebirdie’s new companion, but right now all that “get over it” talk that I keep hearing just rings hollow. So I place my memories of him here, and some photos so you can see how lovely Josquin was, and I say thanks to him for all the wonderful friendship and happy moments shared, as I imagine him flying into the rainbow.
Thank you my friends, for your comforting replies and the poem. Now I move to positive thoughts in the form of getting a new companion for Bluebirdie this weekend, as i can see that he really needs one. I have two cages so i will start first with one on each cage in opposite sides of the room and let them talk, then after a few days see if they can meet during flying time in the living room, and after a few days of that leave the cages open and see if one moves in with the other...this is how we did it with Josquin and it was a great success. This is the actual photo of what happened in that first meeting.
Oh, Jordi - I was so very sad to read about your loss of the wonderful Josquin; I know only too well how attached we can be to these little feathered darlings - they are precious beyond measure.
Pleas accept my deepest sympathy on your great loss - I am so sorry.
May little Josquin rest in peace, and may you and your sweet Bluebirdie find comfort in a new companion
Unending Thanks, Ms FaeryBee, for the Absolute Perfect Picture!
Jordi, I hope you and Bluebirdie can cope well. I fully understand your situation, and how hard it is to lose a best friend like that. I just hope Bluebirdies health wont be affected also. My deepest sympathies to you and Bluebirdie
How precious and it is so hard when we have to say goodbye to our feathered friends. The pictures are lovely and your memories will keep Josquin close to you. Trust you will be able to help bluebirdie and maybe a new companion will help a little later.