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23 Jun, 2010

R.I.P. our friend B.B. the budgie

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Everyone should get to know a bird, because what you find out would surprise you and change your outlook on the whole animal kingdom.

Dear B.B.,

Monday March 8, 2010

You made us all laugh. You were an avian comedian.

When you were a baby you liked to hunker down under my hair.

You knew you name and liked to say things like PRETTY BIRD PRETTY PRETTY B.B.

You had your moments of vanity.

You liked to visit your friend in the mirror.

You liked to sit on my finger.

We had a special song.

You took baths in a big glass pie plate and liked to make a huge mess.

You always bit Mark on the neck. We called you ATTACK BIRD. It’s like you were pretending to be a hawk.

We still chuckle over the time that you tossed a plastic clothespin on Piper’s head.

You did something we called The KLING KLANG.

You like to play repeated games of I Will Drop The Ball And You Will Pick It Up.

You were a good friend.

You got sick. We brought you to the bird hospital yesterday but the outlook was not good. The vet didn’t know what was up, only that you had lost of lot of weight. We guessed at digestive issues. We think you ate too much grit, which, interestingly enough, is sold at all pet stores even though domestic budgies don’t actually need any grit.

I shouldn’t have complained about the $168 dollars we spent on your health care yesterday, because you were a good and valued member of our family. This expenditure was an unwritten part of our contract with you.

I held you in my hands and fed you baby bird formula all morning. You looked like you were on the mend, and then you started to fret. I brought you over to the window so you could see the sunshine. You gave a few weak flaps and quietly died in my hands.

Strangely, Piper had come over and had lain at my feet, watching, maybe even understanding.

I have shed tears over your death my little friend. Some may say that you were just a bird, but you were much more than that to us.

16 Responses to "R.I.P. our friend B.B. the budgie"

1 | Just An Ottawa Dad

June 23rd, 2010 at 12:05 pm


Well said.

(Interesting that WordPress insists that I say more than that.)

2 | Stephanie

June 23rd, 2010 at 12:09 pm


A pet is always more than just a bird/dog/cat/fish. So sorry.

3 | Lee

June 23rd, 2010 at 12:36 pm


Sorry for your loss.

4 | betsy mae

June 23rd, 2010 at 12:39 pm


oh andrea, i’m so sorry. xo

5 | Donna

June 23rd, 2010 at 12:40 pm


I agree, a pet is so much more than a dog, bird, cat, fish – they are family. I am so sorry for your loss

6 | Caroline Ives

June 23rd, 2010 at 3:35 pm


So sorry for your family.

7 | Marla

June 23rd, 2010 at 3:35 pm


Aw, I’m sorry.

But um…am I wrong to think that one little blue feather tied with a wee silver wire (or in a little glass vial) hanging from a dainty silver chain would make a very pretty (memorial) necklace?

8 | Laura

June 23rd, 2010 at 4:12 pm


Oh, I am sorry. No wonder B.B liked to look in the mirror – what a beautiful little bird!

9 | coffee with julie

June 23rd, 2010 at 7:10 pm


Oh no. This is so sad. So sorry to hear about B.B.

10 | Ginger

June 23rd, 2010 at 8:07 pm


I am so sorry…

12 | Finola

June 24th, 2010 at 8:17 am


Sounds like a very sweet bird. Sorry to hear.

13 | andrea

June 24th, 2010 at 8:20 am


Thanks everyone. It certainly was a rough day. We had a little burial service last night and the girls went to bed with heavy hearts.

I’m hoping today will be better!!

14 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

June 24th, 2010 at 9:01 am


So sorry, Andrea. He wasn’t just a bird.

15 | Jen

June 24th, 2010 at 11:21 am


I’m so sorry for your loss. Our blue and white budgie, Benny, was our last. I thought my heart was breaking in two when he died.

16 | Sherry

June 24th, 2010 at 9:42 pm


I’m so sorry. They’re never ever “just” an animal. I’m glad you were there with BB. :(

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