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Rest in peace little buddy. by HotRod-302 Rest in peace little buddy. by HotRod-302
This is my little buddy, Birdie. He died today while I was at work. Just old age, he was 16. Not many little budgies make it to see that kind of age. They can live to 20, so he wasn't that far off.
He was such a cool little bird. He was smart and playful and I was the center of his little world. When I came home from work he'd be all over me, even licking my face. When I was going to work he would sometimes latch on to my back "DON'T GO! Stay and PLAY WITH ME!" He could talk... boy could he talk. Aside from birdie babble he would say "BIRDIE BIRDIE BIRDIE FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK!" doing his little dance. 
He was so funny. He'd be in the cage beside the bed as I was playing a game and I'd he "DING-A-DING-A-DING-A-DING" and I look over and he'd be humping the bell. 
In his later years he became a little cuddle bird. I thought he had a stroke because he could only fly going sharp left or fly backwards. You could see him analyzing his trip to the cage. Little head bobbing up and down as he's calculating and saying to himself... "I'm not going to miss this time! Just go straight! I can do this!" and then he'd LAUNCH and... hard left. As it turned he was actually going blind in one eye making it hard for him to navigate. 
I remember how I got him... I had another budgie named Blew Burd who died and I needed another bird. I can't imagine not having one in my life. We called around and no breeders were breeding budgies anymore. I wound up getting a love bird but it... kinda overdosed on drugs... (Long story. My mom had her "candy bowl" full of goodies like vicodin, xanax, zoloft, trazadone... The love bird was flying around the room and landed IN it and died a few hours later. We can only figure dust from all those pills got in his feathers and when he was grooming himself he ingested the meds and overdosed). The bird breeder we got him from felt so bad for me, and offered a free small bird. We asked "Are you sure you have no more parakeets?", she decided to check ONE last time and she heard a noise coming from a nesting box that had broken, the roof caved in and inside was birdie. Dehydrated ad hungry because the lid having fallen in kept the parents from getting to him. So she nursed him back to health and he was mine.
It's like he knew he wouldn't have survived had I not insisted. All he wanted was to be with me, whatever I was doing, he wanted to be part of it. He was my little ball of condensed happy. A little warm fluffy ball of love. 
Most people know I loved that little bird. Nobody can really know how much I loved him. He was my little pal. My little mascot. He cheered me on in everything I did and he was a parakeet I could actually PLAY with. He was fun to have around! We would do things together. He had this little game where I'd throw a wad of kleenex at him and he'd pick a fight with it. If I was eating, he wanted it. Even if it was going IN my mouth at the time. He LOVED Doritos to the point where I had found him inside the Dorito bag! 
I'll miss his Birdie babble. He own little language he'd sit there and talk his little head off. 
He even would give me kisses. He'd walk up and just touch my lips with his beak. For no reason I can understand aside from affection. He'd just walk up and stick that little head out and *touch* and then go back to what he was doing. 
All of us have had pets, I wager. We all go into pet ownership looking forward to the companionship and never thinking that there will be a day they wont be there anymore. But I don't regret any of it. It's hard losing him. But I still have Stewie, so I am going to do it again and again and again. I love these little birds. I have had so many and ALL of them were different. 

I gave him permission to die the other day. I knew he was struggling. He was particularly clingy. He was trying so hard to groom himself but he'd just fall over. He'd try to tell me he wanted to go back to the cage but his little voice was more of a screech than a chirp. So I told him as I held his tired little body and petted his little head and said "If you are suffering, you can go. You don't have to stay for me. You gave me almost two decades and it hurts me to see you like this. You can go now." and it's almost like he thought "One more day." and yesterday, my day off, we spent the whole day watching TV and cuddling. Just spending time with each other. When I went to work I said "Wellness check on the birdies!" and he was in the corner sleeping. When I came home he had passed away. 
Rest in peace little buddy. You were never my pet. You were my companion.
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Chateaugay Featured By Owner Edited Apr 30, 2017
Awww... I just found your page and I logged in to fave your photo Birdie 1 and Birdie 2. I just learned Birdie existed, and in literally the very next minute, I find out he's gone. :tears: Seriously, I'm filling up reading this.

My belated condolences to you. I'm so sorry. :cling: Birdie surely was one of a kind.

RIP Birdie. He is flying high with the angels and making them giggle!

I dearly love budgies. Everything they do is funny and/or sweet. :heart: :iconparakeetplz:
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
Birdiecuda was such a riot because she was so serious that it made her funny moments even better! Like I'd ring her bell in the cage, she would get mad and grab the bell and ring it real hard and glare at me "I dinged it harder than you!" 

I love these little birds, I can't imagine not having one with me. Stewie is just warming back up to me. I think when Birdie died he just knew I took Birdie away and never brought him back so he hasn't really forgiven me. He is warming back up to me, but he so far pretty much just tolerates me and talks to me. He wont come out and play on his own.
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Chateaugay Featured By Owner May 2, 2017
Birdiecuda sounds like she was a real little character! :iconomgsocuteplz:

:sniff: But that's so sad about Birdie and Stewie. We can't explain where they go when they die, or why we had to take them away.

Give Stewie time. I'm sure he'll warm up to you in time. :cuddle:
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner May 2, 2017
Yeah, she was. All of my birds were ad they all were so different from each other. Birdiecuda was protective of me. I sweat a lot at work because it gets hot and Birdie would be all over me when I got home just licking the salt off my face and he'd get carried away and sometimes bite. When I said "OW!" Birdiecuda would chase Birdie away. "Don't hurt the human!" 
Birdie didn't mean to hurt me. He just didn't know how to groom well. I remember poor Stewie, before Birdie died, he would groom Birdie and then he'd present his little head "Okay, I'm done grooming you. Now groom me!" and Birdie was just kind of "Duh?" I think Birdie didn't think he was a bird, I think he REALLY thought he was a human like me. 

I think Stewie needs another feathered friend. I just can't afford it right now. Busy Beaks has them for $100 with clean genetic history. No diseases or parasites either. I just don't have the money right now. 
I did play a Youtube video of budgies singing while I was at work. It sure got him wound up! It must have been a lot of budgies mating because he quickly romanced his reflection in the mirror.
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Chateaugay Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
Yes, budgies are flock birds and do better with other budgies. If there is no other bird around, they will bond with us. That is what makes them so charming, but really, they do need other budgies. I made a gif that shows one budgie preening another, and the description below it explains why they need another bird to do this for them.
Why Budgies Need Friends by Chateaugay

When you bring another bird home, I'm sure you will introduce the new one slowly so they have time to get used to each other. If the first one has been alone for too long, he can easily see the new one as an invader. The last time I brought home another budgie, I put him in a quarantine cage for a few weeks to make sure he was okay. It doesn't sound like that will be an issue if you get your next one from Busy Beaks. The lead budgie in the main cage flew into the room where the newbie was again and again. He really wanted to check out this new bird!

When I introduced the new bird, I let the old ones into the new one's cage, and they spent the night in the new bird's territory. All was okay after that. 
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
Yeah, I would give them time to sort of "talk it out" away from each other for a while for many reasons. Just to let them get to know each other, see how they'll behave, and a new bird might have an illness we haven't been able to detect and hopefully not spread. I think the standard is about a week.

I am sure you must have seen this one. www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUX-nh…
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MarcGo26 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those moments are awesome bro, the feels. :(
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
Thanks! I'll always miss the little goober! I still find feathers around when cleaning around the house.
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MarcGo26 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks like your little goober really wants that day something you should never forget :D
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ericthedread Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
Hey Rich sorry to hear about ya budgie mate :( .he was  beautiful colours..
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
Yeah, he was a pretty little bird. I still find feathers of his when I'm cleaning and it surprises me how bright he was. 
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Sorry to hear that
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Thanks! I do still miss the little fuzzball.
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DrunkardHu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Hi big guy. Sorry I am way too late on this and I've been very slow on my social media again.

My condolences to you and I am sorry to hear Birdie's death.  I want to say something to relate my experience with Dongdi but that is still pretty painful for me to mention. On the other hand, what you did for Birdie is incredible and as far as I remember from our conversations, Birdie seem to do pretty well all the way through until this Feb. I think you are amazing for your flock.

The last paragraph of your journal is truly touching and I believe Birdie would appreciate that very much. You are a great human companion this little green truly deserves.
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Thanks! 
I remember you ad Dongdi, and I cried when I heard he passed. He was lucky to have you, no matter what. 
I hope things are going well for you there!
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of us have had pets, I wager. We all go into pet ownership looking forward to the companionship and never thinking that there will be a day they wont be there anymore. But I don't regret any of it. It's hard losing him. But I still have Stewie, so I am going to do it again and again and again. I love these little birds. I have had so many and ALL of them were different.

I agree completely with this. It hurts when they go, but look at all the joy and love they bring into our lives. Birdie will always live on in your memories, swearing up a storm.

Also, I knew birds were affectionate, but I've never heard of one who licked their person before. Neat. :)
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
Yeah, I think he liked how I tasted. It gets hot at work and I'd sweat. But he'd latch on to my back when I was heading out the door for work "DON'T LEAVE ME!" He was a little angel.
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you're right. Animals are little salt fiends. Aww, he sounds too cute!
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illmatar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
I'm sorry you lost your friend.  :(  Also sorry it took me so long to get to this post. 
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Thanks, he was a special little guy. My little buddy through and through with all his little heart. 
And no worries, I know you're busy and got your own things going on!
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Balin84 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
I'm sorry to hear that he passed. Not many people realize how smart birds or how close they get to their owners. Sounds like he live a good, full life though. :)
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017
Thanks, he was a special little bird and he sure had a lot of life experiences.  He had a good life! 
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NettFox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
I'm sorry Birdie died. He was a badass bird everytime we talked about him. Hell I'm tearing up as I read this entire story. My condolences for your loss here. 
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
Thank you, I miss the little puffball. The second day after he passed was the hardest. Coming home and not hearing his little kiniptions "HE'S HOME! HE'S HOME!" 
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017   Photographer
Sorry for your loss and I wish you well.
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Thanks! It's going to be hard coming home and not having him gushing all over me like... Secret Lives of Pets. Stewie will probably get there, but I think he is afraid of me a bit because I took his pal away and never brought him back.
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017   Photographer
You're Welcome and I am still sorry to hear that. :/
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Verona7881 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a sweety. Im sorry for your lost... But 16? That means a lot. He had a very good and lovable life! <3
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Yeah, he was spoiled! But he deserved all the spoiling I gave him, he had a good life. Thanks!
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Verona7881 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome <3
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bobcatt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
wow, that just suck, my condolences.
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Yeah, it's been a rough few days. ALso my grandmother passed away, but I don't have any pictures of her and I haven't seen her in so long. I'm about to make the two hour drive to see the rest of the family gathering for her, but I may take a nap first...
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bobcatt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional General Artist
=(
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Drawing-4Ever Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I lost Charlotte, the husky, I was very sad and I cried like a child.
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Aw, I love huskies.
I have done my fair share of crying today.
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deathsonic Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
the bird had a good life, clearly, I just wish I was fortunate to have known one quite like him, your a lucky guy
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Yeah, he was a little blessing to me. People usually treat budgies like throw away pets. Lock them in cage, admire how pretty they are, and they only live a couple years like that. I always let mine roam free in a room (My bedroom is mostly free of dangers for birds. Maybe getting stuck behind a TV or dresser is the worst.) When I play with them and give them games and such that helps them grow personality, kind of like a human child. I had one bird once that loved TV, he'd sit at the foot of the bed and watch TV with me or sit on my game controller "The human is doing things with this thing so I'm going to do things to the thing too!" I stimulate their minds. 
Birdies girlfriend, who he is now buried beside, had a thing for toys. She would play with anything.
But birdie... he just wanted to spend time with me. Get petted, play with the buttons on my shirt, stick his head in my ear and do a happy dance when I laugh and shrug. He was a cool little bird.
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deathsonic Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
without a doubt he was, if only people could actually do what you did with him, they'd find out that birds, and judging from what I see here, his species in particular, can be very fun to be around, even interact with. May he rest in peace
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Yeah, Budgies can be a blast! A budgie holds the record for the biggest vocabulary and he can even form somewhat coherent sentences! You can tell he's trying, at least. I love animals in general, but these little birds will always be special to me.
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deathsonic Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
I can see that, and i'm sure by how emotional you were with him, so can your other watchers. I've had plenty of animals myself over the years, though unforunately birds are the least I have had, only two, kinda wish they were budgies after reading this though.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
ALL people should be as lucky to have an experience like this with a pet.
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Thanks, he was a hell of a little pal! I could write a novel about his exploits. He was free to roam the room all day, and there were days I come home and the room is trashed, DVDs scattered on the floor, game cases pushed off shelves, cans of soda (Half empty from the day before) spilled on the floor, and the bird covered in Doritos... and him sitting there looking all innocent like "What?" 
Then I see this video and it explained everything. youtu.be/Hqg4IdULbIQ
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Kajm Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
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