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In Memory Tributes and Memorials to Budgies which have moved on to the Rainbow Bridge
Thread Description:RIP Nova, 10-31-09 to 11-16-10

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Old 11-17-2010, 10:52 AM
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Nova came to us on Halloween of 2009, about six months after we bought our first budgie, Luna. He came at a time when everyone in our home was depressed....I'd just been diagnosed with a crippling disease and had to stop working, my hubby was upset over all my health problems and his own job situation, and even Luna was despondent and lonely. We decided in order to help Luna we would get her a male companion for company....thus came our dear Nova.

Nova was the "X factor" in our family. He had such a big personality....he was fearless of humans, jumping on our camera and on our heads his first day here. Him and Luna took to each other like soul mates the second they were introduced....they touched beaks within 30 seconds and were inseparable forever after. There was in fact so much budgie love going on between them that everyone who came to our home said it was like living in a romance novel! Nova knitted our little family together and we were all so inspired by his spirit and playfulness....it took all of us out of our depression.

About a month ago Nova started looking ill....sleepy and fluffed up, barely active at all, lots of diarrhea and even a little vomiting. We immediately took him to the vet. They tested his droppings and gave him a full exam....the vet said his lungs sounded a tiny bit congested, and he was slightly underweight, but there was nothing they could find wrong with him. Nova was sent home without treatment. A funny side note: we took both Luna and Nova into the vet together so they'd be less afraid (they don't like to be separated), and whenever the vet would put Nova down Luna would rush up and kiss his beak.

Weeks passed and while Nova had a few hours of playing and looking happy, he was obviously not himself. He was tired and not very active, and seemed to want to get away from Luna as she was always begging him to feed her. Late yesterday afternoon he flew out of the cage and sat on the floor of our living room in the dark, while Luna remained in the cage. My hubby and I thought this was definitely a sign of bad things to come, as he has never done this kind of thing.

About 6 pm Nova had been back in his cage when he suddenly fell from a high perch, and we rushed over to him. He was struggling to walk on the cage floor with one wing slightly dragging, but he still managed to climb up the side bars and situate himself on the lowest perch. We lined the floor of the cage with soft towels so he wouldn't hurt himself if he fell again, put a heating pad under the grate, and put millet and water right by him. Luna was still staying away from him and she looked scared.

Just before 9 pm Nova suddenly plunged forward off his perch onto the cage floor again. My husband and I rushed over...he was gasping for air, unable to move, and looked so scared. We knelt by him and whispered sweet nothings to him, and were also able to reach in through the cage and gently pet his head (normally our birds don't like to be held in our hands, so we were afraid we'd alarm him if we picked him up completely). It took about 3-4 minutes of us whispering and petting him, and then his gasping began to slow. His eyes went from open to closed. I felt a small shudder in his body and then he was gone.

Luna doesn't seem to know what to make of this....we left his body in the cage for awhile and she did look at Nova closely, but I'm not sure she really understands what happened. She is alone in the cage this morning, calling incessantly for him. I worry about her so much....she's awfully young to be a widow.

Nova will be so terribly missed....honestly he was the coolest budgie EVER. Today we'll bury him under our tree in the backyard, with a little millet and one of Luna's flight feathers which she lost in her last molt. Someday they'll fly together again, and we'll all be reunited.

Please send blessings to heaven for our sweet Nova. In the attached picture, he is the beautiful dark blue bird.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:06 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss.
Nova was such a special little soul. It always amazes me how these little angels come into our lives and hearts.
Budgies do mourn and it will take Luna some time before she accepts Nova's passing.

Fly free little Nova.
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Rest in Peace, little Nova. Keep his memory close to your heart, and he will watch over you, your husband and Luna forever.
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This story nearly made me cry, my Talola has the same symtoms as your bird (she is at the vet) but she is not getting better much This little normal grey will be happy at rainbow ridge R.I.P Nova
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Thank you all so much for your compassionate words....it's very comforting. We laid Nova to rest under our tree this afternoon, and stuck a bouquet of blue silk flowers in the ground over his grave. This is terribly heartbreaking, yet I know Nova is at peace and flying free in heaven. God bless all our dear budgies who have passed on....
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Thanks for sharing your story with us LunarLass; I'm so sorry for your loss.

It brought tears to my eyes, and my heart goes out to you and little Luna.

Isn't it amazing how much joy these little friends can bring into our lives...rest in peace little Nova.
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That is so heartbreaking. I know the feeling, been there too many times

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I am so sorry for your loss, it is so hard to loose one of our little friends, they wrap themselves around our heart and take over completely, it is devastating when they leave us.

Please keep the happy times with your family all together in mind, remember Nova for the massive personality that he always will be, as he will be in your hearts forever, and never be far from your side in spirit

We are all here for you if you need us (Big Hugs)

R.I.P Nova, you will be missed sweet heart, fly high, fly free, fly forever
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Tears are literally streaming down my face. So,so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your husband and little Luna. Nova will be waiting for you guys at rainbow bridge. Take care xxx
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