My first post is a RIP. I'm having a really hard time dealing with this loss because we had an incredibly close bond.
RIP Piggy. I raised her by hand, her sister is still living with my sister. She would have been 9 in April.
She had massive problems with her sister growing up and we had to keep them in separate cages - over the years we tried socializing her but despite attempting the right thing she completely rejected other budgies. As a result my sister has blooming voliere full of budgies and I got Piggy. It ended up being the love of a lifetime between us - the amount of trust and unconditional love from such a small bird is truly amazing. It didn't matter where she was, whether traveling with me on holiday or on a train trip to the vet - if I was with her she was happy and trusted me. She didn't approve of my boyfriend, she was terribly jealous of having to 'share' me with someone else. She loved teasing/annoying her fellow cockatiel (who sadly also passed away this year in March) and I was concerned that she'd be too alone, but instead she was even happier because she got my undivided attention.
She had hormone and liver issues. We were treating the liver regularly but the hormone problem was tricky. The shots she got last year are no longer produced. An crop infection showed up 2 weeks ago but the vet couldn't determine a primary cause and the antibiotics didn't help enough. We wanted to continue with a different hormone treatment but at this point she was too weak and they kept her at the vet overnight but she passed away quietly in her sleep. I can only hope she didn't suffer for very long and I know that she had a very happy life and I'm sure she knows that was very, very, loved.
I knew that this day would come and I tried preparing myself for it but now it's here and I can't cope. My cockatiel Big Bird passed away in March and it was so unexpected that I was in shock for about a week, even though this was gradual and I was expecting it it's still the worst feeling in the world. My boyfriend lives on the other side of the country and when I'm alone in my flat I'm now very alone. There was nothing nicer than coming home and being greeted by an excited budgie.
I hope she's waiting for me and is keeping Big Bird company until I can join them.
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I'm very sorry for your loss... We are never quite prepared to part with our beloved little ones and it's certainly very difficult to say the last goodbye to them. You have my deepest sympathies.
Time will ease the pain from no longer having your Piggy and hopefully soon, as you begin to heal, the memories of the good times you had with your budgie girl will give you comfort. Piggy will continue to live on in your heart.
Rest in peace, Piggy. You were much loved and will be missed.
Despite the heartbreaking circumstances, welcome to the forums.
Maybe one day when you feel better and emotionally prepared, you will welcome another little budgie friend into your life.
Piggy sounds wonderful and yet another tale of a sweet female budgie. 9 years is a long time, as I've been reading of many with a lot shorter lifespans. My sincerest empathies, and I can understand how hard it is. You sound like a wonderful pet parent and you two were lucky you found each other. Welcome, and all the best...
I am very sorry to hear of your loss, and I understand your heartbreak. It is so difficult going through it, and I am truly sad that you lost both of your birdies this year. Wishing you comfort and peace.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your darling Piggy as well as Big Bird. Both of them were clearly much loved, the bond you had with Piggy was a great testament to your nine beautiful years together. I hope that your grief will soon give way to fond memories of your little ones.
May both of them forever live in your heart. Rest in peace, Piggy, and fly high with your friend Big Bird.
Thank you all so much. Any budgie lover knows how close this kind of a bond is. I know she's always with me, and I feel very lucky that I had her for almost 9 years. It was certainly a bigger shock with Big Bird, who was 8 at the time which is actually still quite young for a cockatiel.
My heart goes out to all other budgie families suffering a loss. It's a pretty crummy feeling.
Wow - how heartbreaking to hear of both your losses. It's true that 9 years is a long time to live with a budgie, but, of course, it always seems painfully short when they are gone. We can never really be prepared...
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss of sweet little Piggy and Big Bird - I am so sorry