My first ever budgie, Sky died in my hands on Monday evening. It's now thursday, and i still can't get used to seeing him fly around with his missus.
He used to sit on my shoulder and tweak my hair, and i remember the first time he flew out of his cage and sat on me (ok, admittedly he sat on my toes and had a good peck, but it was still cute despite the beak marks on my tootsies!)
He was with me for over 8 years, and i'll miss him loads.
Jake was with me almost 11 years. It's so tough when you build a bond over so long a time. My thoughts are with you, 8 years is a long time. Try and remember the times that made you smile, or some of the unexpected silly things he did that made you happy. He was as lucky to have you as you were to have him.