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In Memory Tributes and Memorials to Budgies which have moved on to the Rainbow Bridge
Thread Description:Lost both my 'keets

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Four weeks ago, on May 21, I took my little yellow girl Castiel and blue-boy Asher to the vet. They'd been fluffy, lethargic and vomiting for a couple days. Little Asher had the worst of it, so the vet did a crop wash and took some blood. Poor baby was really stressed by the procedures and new people, and unfortunately stopped breathing and couldn't be resuscitated. It was so sudden and so devastating, I did nothing but stay in bed and cry with Cas next to me all that day and half of the next.

The necropsy didn't show anything-- no parasites, infections, nothing to explain Ash's sudden death. For two weeks, Cas seemed to be grieving but otherwise healthy. Last week, she started to get quiet ..TOO quiet.. I slept in the same room as her, and one night I heard her vomiting and spraying food/seeds around the cage. Back to the vet we went. Nothing was really conclusive one way or the other, I suspected trichomonas or AGY at that point, but there was no evidence. We got an antibiotic on THursday for what the vet did see, and I was cautiously optimistic by Sunday-- she was eating, singing a little, beating up her toys..almost back to normal.

This morning, though.. I heard her vomiting around 4 am, turned on the light and she just looked SO sick and so listless, I got really worried. I tossed and turned, got up a few hours later and moved her cage back into my computer room where we spend a few hours each day. About 10 AM, I saw her hunched over her favourite perch, almost horizontal, and I got a sick, sad feeling..Like I just knew she didn't have much time left. So I took her into my room where we laid down, I put her on my chest and talked to her, cried, petted her head the way she loved, and just told her how much I loved her. For the next 2 hours I felt her get progressively weaker and weaker, and when she couldn't grasp my fingers any more with her feet I knew it was close. I cuddled with her, kissed her head, told her about all the good times we had together.. At 12:15, four weeks and almost to the minute of the time Asher died, she stopped breathing in my hand and I felt her heart stop. I kept loving on her for a few minutes after, just crying and talking to her. After she passed, I wrapped her in her towel and buried her under the tree in my backyard. I want to plant a little yellow flower over it, the same colour as her pretty face.

These two were my first birds. I rescued them from a home where they just weren't cared for, they were terrified of people and hands and completely wild. In just short of three years, they went from terrified to absolutely tame.. loved head scratches, would eat in my hands and fly to my shoulders when I called them. Asher had started to talk a little when he died, and sweet Cas had changed from a frequent biter to the most loving little girl you could imagine. It's just not fair. I did everything I could to take good care of my budgies and it just wasn't enough. It was too soon, they were only about 6-7 years old. Too soon, too sudden. I'm wrecked. I take a little comfort in knowing that I could be there for her the way I couldn't be there for Asher, that she knew I loved her and she was safe and warm to the very end, but it still hurts so much. Losing these two tiny little birds has ripped out a huge piece of me.

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Old 06-18-2012, 03:49 PM
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omg jenoahn i am so so sorry you have lost your two little friends may they both RIP and be together flying high and free to rainbow bridge, remember all the special times you shared together and keep their sweet faces and songs close to your heart, they know you loved them but wanted to be together to fly free
RIP little Castiel and blue-boy Asher RIP
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:51 PM
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You poor dear, losing both of your little feathered friends
so close together. I can imagine how much your heart hurts
just now, and how quiet your home must be. I am so very sorry
for your loss. You certainly did all you could for them, and
you gave them your love and a wonderful home, which is
all a budgie could ask for. They were very lucky to have found
you and shared this time and love with you, even though it
must feel like far too short a time. I know it doesn't make
it much easier to cope with just now, but please remember
you gave them everything they could want, including your heart.

I hope that you will consider perhaps adopting other budgies
in the future, to honor the love you shared with Asher and
Castiel. Loving homes as special as yours are too rare for
little birds, and it would be a shame to let yours stand empty
forever.

For tonight, I send you much sympathy and
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I am so sorry and sad for you. Losing your two lovely babies so close together must be heartbreaking for you.But try and think they will both be flying and playing together at Rainbow Bridge, Not in any pain anymore, and free to fly everywhere they want to.They will always be in your heart, and you in theirs. They will remember how well you looked after them.I am sure you will see them again one day.
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Thank you, everyone. It helps to share the loss with others who love these little creatures.. no one I know has ever cared for birds, and I don't think they really understand how deeply the bond goes with our tiny feather friends.

Someday, I will be ready to bring some new budgies into my life and make new memories, but it is too fresh and raw to even consider it anytime soon. I just am grateful that Cas held on as long as she could, and that we got to say goodbye peacefully in a warm, safe, familiar, loving place. Rest in peace, sweet keets. Fly together high and free.
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I am so very sorry for your losses. My heart sank as I read your post... To lose two of them so close together, I can only imagine. Your love for Cas and Asher is vividly apparent by the way you wrote about them. They were your little darlings.

I too hope that someday you will bring new little budgies into your life, though I realize it is much too early to even think about that now. Take the time you need to grieve your losses and please know that you have all kinds of support from everyone here. As you said, not everyone understands the bond we have with our feathered friends, but we sure do.

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Old 06-19-2012, 12:12 PM
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I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like you did all you could and they had a good life with you. Try to find some comfort in the fact that they are no longer suffering or grieving for each other.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:29 AM
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Four weeks ago, on May 21, I took my little yellow girl Castiel and blue-boy Asher to the vet. They'd been fluffy, lethargic and vomiting for a couple days. Little Asher had the worst of it, so the vet did a crop wash and took some blood. Poor baby was really stressed by the procedures and new people, and unfortunately stopped breathing and couldn't be resuscitated. It was so sudden and so devastating, I did nothing but stay in bed and cry with Cas next to me all that day and half of the next.

The necropsy didn't show anything-- no parasites, infections, nothing to explain Ash's sudden death. For two weeks, Cas seemed to be grieving but otherwise healthy. Last week, she started to get quiet ..TOO quiet.. I slept in the same room as her, and one night I heard her vomiting and spraying food/seeds around the cage. Back to the vet we went. Nothing was really conclusive one way or the other, I suspected trichomonas or AGY at that point, but there was no evidence. We got an antibiotic on THursday for what the vet did see, and I was cautiously optimistic by Sunday-- she was eating, singing a little, beating up her toys..almost back to normal.

This morning, though.. I heard her vomiting around 4 am, turned on the light and she just looked SO sick and so listless, I got really worried. I tossed and turned, got up a few hours later and moved her cage back into my computer room where we spend a few hours each day. About 10 AM, I saw her hunched over her favourite perch, almost horizontal, and I got a sick, sad feeling..Like I just knew she didn't have much time left. So I took her into my room where we laid down, I put her on my chest and talked to her, cried, petted her head the way she loved, and just told her how much I loved her. For the next 2 hours I felt her get progressively weaker and weaker, and when she couldn't grasp my fingers any more with her feet I knew it was close. I cuddled with her, kissed her head, told her about all the good times we had together.. At 12:15, four weeks and almost to the minute of the time Asher died, she stopped breathing in my hand and I felt her heart stop. I kept loving on her for a few minutes after, just crying and talking to her. After she passed, I wrapped her in her towel and buried her under the tree in my backyard. I want to plant a little yellow flower over it, the same colour as her pretty face.

These two were my first birds. I rescued them from a home where they just weren't cared for, they were terrified of people and hands and completely wild. In just short of three years, they went from terrified to absolutely tame.. loved head scratches, would eat in my hands and fly to my shoulders when I called them. Asher had started to talk a little when he died, and sweet Cas had changed from a frequent biter to the most loving little girl you could imagine. It's just not fair. I did everything I could to take good care of my budgies and it just wasn't enough. It was too soon, they were only about 6-7 years old. Too soon, too sudden. I'm wrecked. I take a little comfort in knowing that I could be there for her the way I couldn't be there for Asher, that she knew I loved her and she was safe and warm to the very end, but it still hurts so much. Losing these two tiny little birds has ripped out a huge piece of me.
How lucky these two darlings were to have you. I am so sorry for your loss of both of them, and so close together. Your heart is broken and I understand just how hard it is, having just lost my SweetPea. Fly free sweet Cas and Asher!
sending you hugs...
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I am so heartbroken for you. You gave them the love and care and sadly they passed. You are a kind and wonderful Budgie person and I give you Karma for the love and care that you gave them
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I'm so sorry for you to lose your lovely birds like that! I can tell how much you loved them. My eyes were tearing up just reading your post. You did all you could, and gave them a wonderful new life. You're truly a saint. I'm sure your love and kindness didn't go unnoticed by your dear feathery friends.
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