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My little Cockatiel Smokey passed away yesterday. I had just come back home from a 2-week trip to Europe, and Smokey was her old self until about 10 hours after I came home. Then she came flying into the kitchen, landed on the dish rack and looked a little dizzy. I picked her up to put her up on the curtain rod where she liked to hang out, and noticed that she couldn't stand on her legs. After about 20 seconds she opened her wings and died in my hands. She must have had some kind of stroke, and I'm thankful that it didn't happen while I was away, but most of all I'm thankful that it all happened very fast and she didn't have to suffer.

Smokey was a rescue bird who came to live with me 6 years ago. June 3 would have been our 6-year anniversary. She was almost completely naked except for some feathers on her head, wings and tail. She was very outgoing and liked to fly around the house and check on whatever I was doing. And brave....boy, was she brave! She'd open her little wings and hiss at the dogs(Rottweiler, Pit Bull, Doberman, ACD)and the dogs would back away immediately! I never could have imagined that one could miss a naked little bird so much, and that a house could feel so quiet and empty without her. I brought her body over to show the other birds, don't know if they knew she had passed, they are all very quiet today except for Harriet, the Grey, who keeps calling for Smokey. It breaks my heart.

I buried her under the big Mulberry tree in our yard and planted some pretty flowers on her grave.

Fly free little one. We'll miss you. I'll miss hearing your little foot steps on the book case. I'll see you soon.


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I am so sorry about Smokey.  I am sure that she is flying around with all of the other birds at the bridge.  Di xxx


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I am so sorry to hear about your dear little Smokey. I just lost my sweet Sammy (19-year-old cockatiel), just as suddenly on May 10 so I know how you must feel. Though sadly I was not with him when it happened.

The bond we have with these delightful, intelligent creatures is deeper than many people realize. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that you gave her a happy and loving home in her last years. She must have had a pretty rough life before you rescued her and let her into your heart.


Sammy's Mom


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Dear Maria,

Smokey sounds like a little love.  She felt so safe with you that she could pass away as you held her and really fly free from her little body.  She sounds like a character.  I would love to hear more stories and I am so very sorry for your enormous loss.

Many hugs,


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Dear Maria,

My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your Beloved Smokey.  I'm so sorry you lost her. You are an angel for rescuing her and opening your heart and home to her.

It sounds like she was quite a little character, I'm imagining her hissing at the Big Dogs - that truly must have been a sight to see.  She no doubt left you with many wonderful memories.

Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever


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Dear Maria,

The bond we share with our parrots is a stong one.  I have a few of my own, and I've had 2 pass over the last few years.

It does sound like a stroke and i am so glad you could be there with Smokey during the final moments.

Fly free Smokey.

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Thank you everyone for your kind words. I imagine Smokey at the bridge, fully feathered, flying around in the sun making friends and singing. She really was a character and I keep imagining I hear her walking on the book case and on the fridge, the pitter patter sound of her feet would crack me up every single day! She'd sit on top of the book case and preen a stuffed animal, and every so often make a trip down to the couch to check on me and the dogs. She also loved the ceiling fan. She'd sit on a fan blade and flap her wings a little, just enough so the fan would start spinning very slowly, and she loved her slow carousel ride around the room. I'm sure going to miss my little nekkid chicken, but I'm so very grateful that she didn't have to suffer.

Again, thanks everyone for being there. This is such a wonderful place filled with so many caring people. I know each of you have also lost a beloved pet and my heart goes out to all of you.


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