"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I kissed his head and told him he was the prettiest bird ever............

for the last time.......
Today, Cookie,  this sweet little bird of 32 years .......that's right.......he's been with us since 1983..........
has died.
Monday morning I found him lying on his back in his cage. I scooped him up and wrapped him in a soft towel and made him comfortable in a box and fed him drops of water and baby food throughout the night hoping he would get stronger. He lived through the night........which gave me hope so I started seeking information and help yesterday......


After talking to 2 vets, who told me they do not handle "exotics" and could not help me, I found 2 bird rehabilitators and breeders . They were shocked to hear that this bird has lived so long. They have raised birds for over 20 years and have only seen them to be 8.  After hearing about how he was acting.......they told me he was shutting down and was preparing to die.. 



 This morning, I placed him in an old tin and buried him underneath a stone in my garden path.
I have posted about this wonderful bird in our life a few years ago.
You can read his story by clicking onto this link
I am heart broken..........although I knew this day was going to come.......
bye, bye, sweet birdie.

19 comments:

Sherri Farley said...

So sad. We had a cockatiel that was the same coloring as yours. We called him Baxter. He passed away this summer and he was 22 years old.
That tells me our birds had a happy life!

wenhkc said...

How wonderful for you to have shared 32 years with your lovely Cookie. I hope your memories will help your sadness and healing. Cookie's final resting place is beautiful.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I'm so sorry Cookie passed away. She was a beautiful bird. I know your heart is broken. I always cry, and mourn the loss of an animal. I know she was like a member of the family having her for so many years.

Kathleen Grace said...

I am so sorry, after over 30 years his loss is going to leave a big hole in your heart and household! My deepest sympathies. He was a pretty bird!

Daisy said...

Oh Kathleen, I'm so sorry to hear this. I know how much he meant to you. You gave him much love and a happy home where he lived a very long life. Hugs to you, my friend.

c. Joy said...

Sorry to read this post. Our pets are such a big part of our lives, it is heart breaking when the time comes to say goodbye. May you have happy memories of Cookie all of your days.

Chip Butter said...

"Pretty Bird" is a good read; kind of sums up life, I guess. It was Cookie's lucky day when you took him off the principal's hands. You will think about him every time you walk down the garden path.

Nancy J said...

Darling Cookie, a whole lifetime of love and loving, fun and laughter, whistling together, you will miss him so, but were there for all his hours at the end. I know his place will be one you'll visit often, and you'll whistle and talk to him there.Thank you so very,very much for sharing with us, your Cookie. Hugs.XXX Jean.

Betty Lou said...

So sorry to hear about Cookie. Our pets are our family and for Cookie to have such a long life shows how much he was loved. I pray that your loving memories of Cookie comfort you now..

1st Man said...

32 YEARS. WOW! That was one loved and lucky bird. I have shed a few tears for you. Sending you peace and hugs from across the miles.

Sally Crowe said...

Awe - such a precious pet to have so long. I know it hurts you so bad, and I'm sorry. :(

xoxo

Nancy Mahlendorf said...

I am so sorry for your loss. To have a bird live such a long and wonderful life is a blessing.

Muddling Through said...

I am sorry, Kathleen. You will miss seeing and hearing him I know. I'm praying for you.

ina said...

A time will come when we have to say goodbye no matter how painful it is.

Debra said...

Oh I'm so sad to read this-I pray that hole his absence leaves will be filled with just the sweetest memories. You gave him a wonderful life and love-he was a blessed bird!

peggy said...

I'm so sorry you have lost life-time friend.

Jane Smith said...

So sorry. I was just telling Mike about him yesterday.

KathyB. said...

32 years and a good life for him. He had a good life and even more-so knowing he will be missed. So many of us would love knowing our life meant so much , to be missed when we die. A good and grand life for sure !I am sorry for your loss. You are so blessed Kathleen with so many good years with him.

Debbie said...

Kathleen, I'm so sorry for your loss.You had him for a long time and you'll miss him a lot. I claim I'll not get another dog when Beau's gone, but he'll leave such a hole in my life I can't imagine anything would help except another little dog who needs a home. Loveing is hard, yet so wonderful. I'm thankful for compassionate people like you.