My deepest heartfelt sympathy in your loss of beautiful wee Joey. Your tribute to him was lovely and I know he will be truly and sorely missed.
I'll lend you,
for a little while, a bird of mine, He said.
For you to love while he lives,
and mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years, or maybe only three
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love - not think this labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.'
For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower him with tenderness and love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
Modified from poem by Edgar A. Guest
Fly high and soar freely sweet Joey; rest peacefully now wee man.
Thanks folks. One of his amazing tricks was this: whenever the cooker timer went off, he would tweet the house down if i wasn't in the kitchen until i emerged. But if i was in the kitchen, or the next room and he could see me, he would not tweet! Amazing! He was pretty handy when i was cooking something whilst doing something else in the house!
The grief my wife is suffering seems to have starting with delay and now hitting her hard. She, like me, keeps finding herself, out of habit,stopping at where his cage was for a chit chat. The house is so quiet now. I thought my own tears were all gone, but an avalanche came tonight. When the vet rang on thursday to break the bad news, i said to just give his cage to charity. But i really regret that now, wish i now had one of his toys as a memory. I also put away his cage stands up in attic, and put his food etc out of sight. Perhaps this was an error. Anyway i have ordered a lot of photo prints of him, should arrive next week.
My heart breaks for you and your wife and I wish I had some words to ease your pain. If you want Joeys cage back, have you tried calling the vet? Maybe he/she hasn't got around to giving it to charity yet, or can tell you where it was taken.
Joey was obviously a very special little bird whose absence leaves a huge hole. We'd love to see some photos of him, if you feel like sharing.
I rang the vets yesterday to see if Joeys cage was given away yet, and if not, therefore to retain a toy from it for me such as his bell. But no reply yet. I still have his cage blanket though. House still very quiet. Its the small things that sting as our lives were so intertwined. Eating an orange today and missed him bobbing up and down trying to attract my attention, so he could enjoy the pith.
You have some wonderful memories that you'll no doubt, treasure forever. Joey was a real little character and obviously a huge part of your family. I hope you're able to get Joeys bell but if not, you'll always have your beautiful memories, and they will stay with you always.
Its hard to believe its two weeks since i last seen Joey. On the long car journey up to vets, he did his tweet, on the whole commute, that he made when i brought him up to his bedroom every night. I rang the vets to ask about keeping me a toy. They hadn't the manners to ring me back as promised, so i rang back after a few days. But his belongings had all gone. But i found his old cage upstairs which i changed as it was a poor design. And to my great delight it had one toy in it - his bell! So i have that now hanging up as a keepsake. Well meaning people have been asking will i get another budgie. Time will tell. He will be a very hard act to follow. In fact my wife has a phobia of birds, unless they are safely in a cage etc. Yet she hand fed Joey in his latter days! Time will tell. Thanks,Colin.
That's a real shame that the vets never rang you back. If they had, maybe you could have got Joeys cage back. Still, I'm so glad you found Joeys old cage and his bell. It was meant to be! I understand how you feel about getting another budgie. You will know if and when the time is right.