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My special little girl passed away shortly after returning from the vet. We had her for a little over 8 years and she has left a big hole in our hearts.
 

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I am so sorry that you lost your little girl! I know how hurt you must feel! That is because you loved her so much and she loved you!


She is now with my Bogie and Ricochet at the Parrotlet Rainbow Bridge.:(:(:(



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Thank you. It means a lot coming from people who have been through it. Keira will be a wonderful companion for Bogie and Ricochet. My wife and I are homebodies and she was always there with us, until now. Luckily we still have our 27-year-old Yellow-Naped Amazon.
 

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My wife works from home because of the virus going around. I am retired. I got Bogie back in 2008 and he passed in 2018. We had to put him down. His lining around his lungs grew real thick and he just couldn't breathe well. I am almost finished writing a Book about my experiences with Bogie. So, you have had Keira 8 years and I know what you are going through. They become part of you...part of your heart....part of your soul. Losing Bogie and Ricochet hurts...God, it hurts~~~~


Post anytime you feel you want to talk about Keira. Talking about her life will honor her and make you feel better.


David and Vicki, in the Spirit of Bogie and Ricochet:(:(:(
 

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I am sitting here looking at the spot where Keira's cage should be sitting with the cover over it for the night. Now the table is empty. Attached is a photo of Keira in her cage. In the upper left corner, you can see her favorite toy. It has felt strips hanging down like an umbrella. You can see her tail sticking out of it.
She would go in there when it was time for bed, when she wanted to be left alone and when I sprayed our Amazon with water. Her cage was next to his and she HATED to be sprayed with water. When she saw me headed to his cage with the spray bottle she would immediately hide in that place.
Also, she would go crazy tweeting and running around when I would return home after being gone for an hour or more. She would do the same thing when I put a coat on since she apparently figured out that meant I was leaving. She only did this with me.
As you can probably tell, I feel that I need another parrotlet to fill the void caused by Keira's passing. How do you keep from trying to make the new parrotlet into a clone of your past one and not be upset when it doesn't happen?
 

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I am sitting here looking at the spot where Keira's cage should be sitting with the cover over it for the night. Now the table is empty. Attached is a photo of Keira in her cage. In the upper left corner, you can see her favorite toy. It has felt strips hanging down like an umbrella. You can see her tail sticking out of it.
She would go in there when it was time for bed, when she wanted to be left alone and when I sprayed our Amazon with water. Her cage was next to his and she HATED to be sprayed with water. When she saw me headed to his cage with the spray bottle she would immediately hide in that place.
Also, she would go crazy tweeting and running around when I would return home after being gone for an hour or more. She would do the same thing when I put a coat on since she apparently figured out that meant I was leaving. She only did this with me.
As you can probably tell, I feel that I need another parrotlet to fill the void caused by Keira's passing. How do you keep from trying to make the new parrotlet into a clone of your past one and not be upset when it doesn't happen?
Mainly because you can't make one parrotlet anymore like another any more than you can do so for a human friends. Parrotlets are unique beings, each their own little spark of fire. It is easier to accept them as they are and develop your friendship.
 

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It was great to read about Keira and her antics! I thought I would never get over Bogie's death because of the pain, but the pain reduces itself the more I talked and thought about him.



Keira was a good observer. She watched you and remembered your routines. This is one of the things I love about them! Of the dozens of budgies I had over 4 decades, I had only 2 or 3 that paid attention to my routines. This shows me that the p'lett has unique observation powers.


If I had Bogie on my finger and I smiled real big, he always lowered his head and leaned forward like he was going to take off and fly. It was funny! This is what I love about the p'lett.


You just showed me and the forum just how much in tune Keira was with you and her surroundings. It is obvious that she loved you very much! I hope you read the book I am putting together about Bogie's life and loves. I kept a very detailed life journal about everything he experienced. If you read it, you will identify many, many things in the book that will relate to Keira's behavior. You will say, " Yeah! Keira did this or that! " or " I remember her looking at me in the way Bogie looked at David! "


You will feel better as you go along. The hurt will never go away, but you will realize, like I have, that our parrotlets loved us deeply, just as one human loves another. They appreciated their time with us as we did with them. They were family and God told us that we will see our families again one day. I can't wait.


Keep posting. I love reading about Keira! I feel like I am getting to know her already!:):):D


David and Vicki;):rolleyes:
 

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You and everyone else here have really helped me get through this terrible time. I will definitely read your journal on Bogie's life. I look forward to learning more about him.

I got a late start with Keira. For the first 18 months, she was our son's and her cage was in his room. When he got too busy with college, I took over her care and her cage was moved to the kitchen/family room area. She was pretty aggressive for a while and her little beak could puncture my finger like a hypodermic needle.

We finally learned to trust each other. I figured out what she didn't like and she no longer felt the need to attack. When I put my hand in her cage she would just ignore me. She didn't bite me once in the past 3+ years. What I really want is to develop that kind of relationship with a new parrotlet. I want that bond where we both completely trust each other. As long as we develop that, I don't care about doing tricks or talking. Keira could say a lot with just chirping. Her only trick wasn't really a trick. When she was sitting on my lap I would say "Keira Kiss Kiss" and she would run up my chest and peck me on the lips.

I really miss her.

Thanks for listening.
 

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That is a great story about Keira. The kissing is wonderful! It is evident she bonded with you. This is why, when you get another p'lett, that you must be choosy! You can find a breeder who hand tames the bird ( there's a nice breeder in Florida who trains the bird before you get it). They guarantee it. Since your Amazon has a 200 word vocabulary, if you get a male p'lett, I will bet you that your p'lett will start saying some of the Amazon's words.


I had several budgies and a mynah bird. One male budgie started imitating the mynah bird! It was so funny!


David:cool:
 

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Seeing a budgie imitate a mynah would be hilarious.

The place where we got Keira won't have any parrotlets for a month or two.
Still trying to decide between male and female. Definite pluses and minuses to each. Found a couple of females a couple of hours drive away.

We took Keira's body to the vet today. He is going to do an autopsy to see if he can identify what killed her. They are also going to cremate her and return her ashes to us. We took one last look at her when we got to the vet's office. I lost it at that point.
 

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Seeing a budgie imitate a mynah would be hilarious.

The place where we got Keira won't have any parrotlets for a month or two.
Still trying to decide between male and female. Definite pluses and minuses to each. Found a couple of females a couple of hours drive away.

We took Keira's body to the vet today. He is going to do an autopsy to see if he can identify what killed her. They are also going to cremate her and return her ashes to us. We took one last look at her when we got to the vet's office. I lost it at that point.
I don't know how you got through it! We had to put Bogie down and it just about killed me! The vets office lit a candle in the waiting room and everyone was whispering when Bogie passed. The vet made a plaster cast imprint of Bogie's feet with Bogie's name above the feet along with his hatch day and RIP day. The casting was in the shape of a heart....I lost it big time! So did my wife. I can't see the keyboard right now.....memories!:(:(:(:(



Dave:(



 

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I never want to go through that again. My wife never had a pet until we got Keko and Keira. I haven't had one since I was about 13. That's over 50 years ago. So we were caught by surprise by how intense our grief is.

I knew that I loved Keira but I didn't realize that over the years she had become a bigger and more important part of my life. My life changed as our son moved out and I stopped playing certain sports or participating in some hobbies. Apparently, these changes left holes in my life that Keira filled perfectly. She had become an important part of my life without me noticing.
 

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It's the saddest thing to have a very beloved pet pass. Very sorry you have such a loss.
Over the 7 years I have had Oliver, we have gained a lot of trust with each other. First thing in the mornings he wants to chomp down on my finger----telling him "gentle beak" ---most of the time he doesn't hurt me. He is annoying with constant chirping in the daytime---trying to figure out what will satisfy him without him being on my shoulder constantly. Feeding him from my shoulder has become a bad habit ----he was very hungry tonight. He gets very sweet and cuddly at night----best part of my day.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. It's never easy.
 

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Thanks for the kind words. Your "Little Prince" is beautiful.

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Also, thanks for the kind words. It does hurt a lot. It's been about 50 years since I had a pet die. I didn't realize how strong an emotional attachment you can develop.
Keira was aggressive in the first few years and gave me some painful bites. However, I hadn't been bitten for the past 3+ years. If it was our playtime, I would reach into her cage to get her to step onto my finger. If she wouldn't I would just scoop her up in my hand. Keira would yell for a few seconds but not try to bite me. I greatly hope to be able to eventually develop that kind of trust with a new parrotlet.
Oliver is beautiful and looks like he could be quite mischievous.
 

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Hi~~~~


When I got my first p'lett, Bogie, it was at a time in my life that I was really down. I had to retire 10 years earlier than I wanted due to my health. I worked a career and volunteered to help charities, along with my wife and we raised our only child. This meant I was a Scout Master and Little League coach for 10 years, ran a side business and taught music in a church! And had plenty of pets.



When I had to give all this up, it almost killed me! I became depressed ...the worst depression a man could have....I faced the barrel of a gun and contemplated suicide. Then my wife said..." I know a secret! You need to decide what kind of pet to love and cherish instead of sitting at home alone all day long!"



Then, along came a parrotlet named Bogie......!!!!~~~~~~!!!! The rest is history! I kept a daily life journal on that little guy. Now, at age 66, here comes a book!:cool:


P'letts are Powerful!


Dave;)




 
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