My budgie, Paddy, who was nearing eight years old, passed away on 12th January 2011.
I was writing at the computer when I heard him making breathing noises which were more audible than usual. I turned to see him rocking/swaying backward and forward on his perch, as if trying to maintain his balance.
I tried to bring him out of his cage, but he wouldn't come, wouldn't even chirp when I played his favourite budgie video (which usually got him very excited and happy).
When I did get him out, I let him sit on my knee for a while, then lifted him onto my hand, to see if he would/could fly back to his cage. Instead, he tumbled onto the rug below.
At that point, I took him downstairs, where he simply sat slumped forward on top of his cage, with his feet wrapped tightly around the bars, refusing to move.
Whenever he did eventually move, he stumbled and, once, in a random spurt of energy, half-flew and crashed a little. The grip of his feet slackened after this and he lay down on his belly on top of his cage.
I took him and held him in my hands, because I knew it was almost time, and I could feel his heart beating against my palm. He had one eye closed, but the other was half-open...as if listening while I spoke to him. I think he was.
Finally I lay him down on top of his cage, where he squawked three or four times, and passed away. I phoned the vet today and she said it was a stroke.
I'm heartbroken, feeling guilty and everything else in between. I apologise for so much detail, but I needed to get it out. Hopefully I'll feel better in time.
I'm sorry for your loss. This story made me close to tears. Paddy will be at rest now.
I looked after my old budgie Flick in her last moments and it was heartbreaking. Rest in peace beautiful Paddy.
I hope you are ok x
I'm so sorry to read of your loss and offer my condolences.
After eight years I can only imagine the bond between you and Paddy, and you must have some wonderful memories to draw on.
Rest in peace little Paddy.
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