Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pippi Birdie is Gone


Pippi Birdie 2000 - 2012

Yesterday started as a perfectly normal day for Pippi Birdie and me.  At lunch time, I fed him, put a new paper in his tray, gave him water. Then in the afternoon, he started to fall off his perch, I noticed he never touched this food. He didn't look sick at all -- he was sick once, so I know what that looks like. Instead he got sort of possessed. It was horrible. It took several hours for him to quiet down. My husband was in Los Angeles, so I went through this by myself. When my husband got home, Pippi was quiet on the floor of the cage. It was clear he wasn't going to make it. But we gave him some water with a dropper, put some seed by him, and put him in the back bedroom and covered him up. This morning he was gone.


Neither my husband nor I like birds in cages, but I am still so glad we got a chance to know a very special one. It started one evening in 2000 when my husband spotted something green in the street in Los Angeles. He stopped his truck, got out and rescued a little green parakeet. His sister told us they like company and gave us Pippi Birdie. The green bird was not nice to Pippi, who was a very young bird when we got him. She'd peck on him all the time, so when she died, we decided to let Pippi live alone. Something I believe he was most grateful for and certainly knew how to make the best of, constantly playing, arguing and fighting with his mirrors. 


We will miss your twitters and songs very much. You were a very sweet and lovely bird and I am glad to have been your mom all these years.

25 comments:

  1. Sorry for your loss, Inger. Our animals are so much a part of our families. Sad day.

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  2. Sorry for your loss of Pippi Birdie. That's sad : (

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  3. How sad to lose a member of your family. You will miss the sounds, I'm sure. Pippi has a colorful origin...I wonder where he escaped from?

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  4. i am sorry, inger. we always had parakeets when i was growing up - my father was their greatest whistling companion.

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  5. Va trist! Det är ju ett liv det med...vi har haft 22 gr idag, rena sommarvärmen....

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  6. I am sorry you lost your feathered friend. I know he had a wonderful home with you :O).

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  7. There's nothing I can add. I'm so sorry........

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss.

    You gave little Pippi a fine life, and he rewarded you by sharing his joy with you. He will live forever in your heart.

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  9. Oh Inger, I'm so very sorry! Pippi Bird was a beauty! He was lucky to have you! I once had a parakeet, Pete. I only owned him for about 6 months before he caught pneumonia and died. I took it very hard... I loved Pete in that short time I had him, as I know you loved Pippi and you had way longer to grow attached... So sorry for your loss..

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  10. I'm so sorry Inger -- and I'm sorry you had to go through most of the crisis by yourself. But I'm happy you had so many good years with Pippi Birdie. xoxo

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  11. I've never had a bird so I don't know how long they are supposed to live but it seems like Pippi had a very long happy life with you.

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  12. I join the others in sorry at the loss of this member of your family.

    Blessings and Bear hugs in a sad time.

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  13. I can just imagine that was hard to go through we have done that when we had various parakeets over the year. They became just like family to us. I was so lonely when I got married and was away from home for the first time we got a green parakeet for me. His name was Dippy because he would have a fit seeing himself in the toaster reflection then accidently run off the end of the table! He lived for many year and was very dear to us. Nan

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  14. Awww, Inger, I'm so sorry. It is so hard to lose a family friend. Not hearing Pippi's chirps will be hard. If you are like me, you never really noticed them. They were just part of my world. But, when they were gone, it was so empty.
    Bless you. RIP Pippi Birdie!

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  15. i am so sorry to read this. Pippi looks just like the one my grandmother had, hers lived for many years and she lived alone and the bird cage moved from porch to porch or room to room where ever Ganny was. we were visiting her when it died. sorry you had to go through this alone.

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  16. So sorry to hear this. Losing our pets is one the hardest things to go through.

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  17. I am so sorry. He certainly was a part of your family for a long time. Losing a pet is so hard.

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  18. Thank you so much for your comments and for caring so much. I always thought he would just drop dead one day, I mean he was 12 after all. In captivity they can live to around 15. But I never thought he would have to go through so much horrible trauma before he couldn't fight it any longer. That's what got me. Helplessness is an awful thing in a situation like that. But Nan, your Dippy story made me smile. Thanks for sharing it.

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  19. Inger, I'm so sorry...I'm glad you've found comfort from those who left such caring words before mine. I know how I felt when we lost my Mom's bird a few years ago--I remember her words that day, when she said 'there are other worlds to sing in.' I know this is true for your precious Pippi Birdie.

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  20. Pippi Birdie was a lovely house companion for long a time Inger. He will be missed indeed.
    I had one when I was a teenager and he would wait for me to come home from school and fly up to my room, sit on my chest, and walk up to my chin and stare at me! This happened every day! I missed him very much when I found him one day on his cage floor.
    Take care and I am sure you will remember all those lovely songs.

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  21. What a sweet story, Inger! I'm so glad this little bird passed through your life.

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  22. Dear Inger .. how very sad - but so pleased you gave Pippi Birdie a home and love ... all the very best - Hilary

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  23. So so sorry for your loss, Inger. I am sure it was terrible for the both of you and I am glad he is at peace now. My grandma had a birdie like Pippi, blue feathered and his name was Piki.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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