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09 May 2011 @ 11:31 pm
Goodbye, Miss Tweet  
Well, the news on Miss Tweet, it is not particularly good.

She looked very bad Thursday morning and I was not willing to leave her home alone but I had a formulary submission due by 4PM, so I decided it was Take Your Birdie to Work Day. I covered her bin with my snood (most unusual use ever for a snood, I imagine) and carried her in my jacket between the car and the office.She seemed to be shivering, so I kept her on a handwarmer or in my hand all day. My officemate was really the only one who knew for most of the day - people come and go from our office, but Tweet was so quiet in her bin or in my hand that no one noticed her.

I made a vet appointment for her for the afternoon, but then ended up canceling it when at lunchtime she could not be awoken for more than a moment or two. I figured it would not be long after that. However, she hung on through the afternoon and when we got home, she rallied and was pretty active for awhile, though clearly not even attempting to fly and having real mobility issues.

She surprised me by hanging on through the night, but in the morning she still was not eating or drinking, so I made another vet appointment as soon as they opened and took her in at 10:30AM. The vet confirmed what I suspected - it was neurological (either a stroke or brain cancer) and it was bad. I had the vet euthanize her since I didn't want her to suffer or starve. Poor budgie. I'll miss her, but at least it was a pretty clear cut case that it was time to let her go. :/

She'd had a crazy life - found in the bushes in Minneapolis, survived living with kitties, ruled a flock of five budgies, survived a horrific egg binding incident, assaulted a cat and won, and had a wild lesbian fling. That's a big life for a little bird. Goodbye, Miss Tweet.
Current Mood: sadsad
whymcwhymc on May 10th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
That is a big life for a little bird. In a slightly different world, she'd have earned a tiny flaming longboat.
eithni: excellenteithni on May 10th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
Hmmm. They do that at Pennsic. I'm half tempted.
valkyr8: Stewartvalkyr8 on May 12th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
That does seem rather fitting....
Erinkaige_of_ct on May 10th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Sorry you lost your friend :( but honestly I think she lead a more exciting life than some people I know lol
jtdiiijtdiii on May 10th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)

She was a brave and unusual budgie. You loved and treated her well, she had a good life.

Although, with all the talk of viking funerals I do have this image of her wearing a small viking helmet though..
judithsewstoojudithsewstoo on May 10th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It's never easy to say goodbye to a family member - be they covered in skin, fur or feathers.

She had a wonderful life with you... and you helped her at the end so she didn't suffer. That's the best any of us can hope for.

Splottsplott on May 10th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Aww. condolences. :/
Phatchick: Zen Hugsladybrigid on May 10th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
My sympathies. It's so hard to lose a friend.
former_callixte on May 10th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
so sorry to hear about Tweet. But like you said, she did have a big life. And I'm sure she was very happy living with you.
Aaron (Rusty) Lloydrustmon on May 11th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
*HUG* sorry to hear this.
dread_exdread_ex on May 11th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to hear about tweet.
She lived a more interesting and exciting life than most people and was very lucky to have you as a birdie mom.

Fly free Miss Tweet!
valkyr8: Stewartvalkyr8 on May 12th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Goodbye little bird. You had a pretty good existance despite starting out in the wilds of our front yard. I don't know from where you flew, but I hope you enjoyed the life you lucked into. You seemed to be pretty happy.