Sunday, September 28, 2008

Skitter the Budgie

When a friend of ours became ill, we took her birds for her. The doctor said she couldn't have them any more. There was Mirage the cockatiel, and the two budgies, Skitter and Sherbert.


We loved them, and they got along well with our cockatiel Pearl. Unfortunately, Mirage was an elderly, unhealthy bird who died after we had only had her about six months.


Well, Skitter was also elderly, although we only learned about that when he fell ill recently. I told his former owner, and that was the first thing she said. He's old. He's had a good life. Please don't feel bad about not taking him to the vet (my decision) because there's almost no chance it would make a difference. (Did you know vets will now do MRIs on birds? I couldn't go through that without a stronger chance of a good outcome making the emotional and financial cost worthwhile.) Thank you for giving him a loving home.

Skitter died early Saturday morning. I held him for a long time on Saturday; it was clear he wasn't going to make it but he hung on for a long time. Maya and Ziad decided not to eat meat on Saturday as a gesture of respect and remembrance.


He was such a sweet little bird. Friendly and happy in that adorable budgie way. We'll miss him.
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Blogger Vivian said...

So sorry to hear about the passing of Skitter. It's always sad to say goodbye, a bird, a crab, or a foster dog, all the same.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

And Skitter wasn't alone...What was it Vivian called that? A happy send off?

11:34 AM  
Blogger zelda said...

Oh no. Sorry to hear it. Losing a pet is hard. Best.

11:50 AM  

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