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Ron

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It's been 4 weeks now and we're still devastated.

 

My wife and I never had children but we did have 3 birds, Fred, Henry and Cleo.  Fred, our cockatiel, is 24 years old and in excellent health.  Henry, our Yellow Collared Macaw, is 23 years old and also in excellent health.  Cleo, our umbrella cockatoo was only 12 years old when we had to have her put to sleep.  Prior to her illness she was happy, playful and in excellent health. 

 

Cleo came into our lives when she was only a few months old.  We hand fed her and loved her like a child.  Cleo was our baby, our love, our daughter.  We loved all three birds very much and still do, but Cleo was special and knew how to communicate with us unlike Fred and Henry.  Cleo was such a big part of our life.  She knew how to communicate like no other pet we've ever had.  Cleo's love for us was so strong it was truly amazing.

 

Cleo had lost her voice one Sunday morning.  We called the vet on Monday morning to get her in as soon as possible.  The vet believed Cleo caught either a viral, bacterial or fungal infection.  We treated Cleo with multiple antibiotics and anti fungal medications for weeks and weeks, but God wanted her to come home to Him.  Cleo was reborn on September 24th. 2006.

 

I don't know how we'll go through life without her.  I feel so empty, so cold, and so alone.  I know God must have a plan and He will care for Cleo until my wife and I join her again in the after life.

 

Even with a positive attitude and a strong faith, the pain of her loss is almost unbearable.

 

Ron

luvmyhound

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Dear Ron,

I am so sorry to hear about your Cleo. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your wife. I have 2 sweet little parakeets that I adore. They bring such joy with their tweeting and chittering. I completely understand the companionship and love they give. It is a heart-breaking loss. Find comfort in knowing that you and your wife provided Cleo with a forever home. A life full of care, love, and comfort. I know it hurts terribly and nothing feels the same. Grief takes time...sometimes lots of time. Remember, they are always in our hearts and souls...I am a firm believer we WILL see them again. I am sending prayers of peace and strength......Tuckers Mum

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Dear Ron,

I am so, so  sorry for the loss of your bird-baby.  Especially , I think, for those of us couples who do not have human children together, our animal children are one of the bonds that join us.  My husband and I loved our Puppaloo so much, and the love the three  of us shared was one of the strongest things in our lives.. we often shared 3-way cuddles and relied on that small circle of love, and it brought me and my husband even closer together to share the overwhelming everyday love we had for our furbaby. 

   When she was killed it seemed to intensify the grief, though, because we each hurt for each other  as well as ourselves, knowing how much the other missed her too.  It kind of doubles the grief, while at the same time it takes away some of the alone-ness because there is another person who understands exactly what you are going through.

  I've never had a bird.. you are lucky that they have a long lifespan, for the most part.  But I know what it is like to be so close to an animal that you only want to join her in heaven.  The hole in your life is so big and the sadness so deep.

  While I have cried so much over my Puppaloo that I was hoarse for a week after she was taken from us, I have been going through different stages.  Lately I have been feeling only the great love and the soul-closeness we had.  I look at the pictures of her, in all her beauty and her big brown eyes, and I can absolutely, literally feel her love for us in the present tense.  I feel peaceful, and it is quite surprising to me that the grief is eased by a VERY strong feeling that the love and the soul-connection is very much still present, although her physical body is gone.  She loved us so much--- how could it be otherwise?  The love and the soul-bond endures, and I feel her with me in spirit, although of course I still yearn to cradle her warm furry body in my lap and feel her enthusiastic kisses and see the joyous look on her face as she would run across a field to me.

  I know that you miss the physical presence of your baby, but I hope you get to the place where your grief opens up to let you still feel her spirit with you.  When the love is that deep, they are with us forever.

carolschmoker

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Ron, I'm so sorry you lost your previous Cleo.  It sounds like you did everything possible for your much loved featherbaby.  Know that she is now at the Rainbow Bridge, young & healthy & whole, probably flying overhead teasing our cats & dogs, & watching over you with you.  My thoughts & prayers are with you, your wife & your remaining featherbabies.

Ron

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Thank you everyone for responding to my post, it's been comforting to read your responses.  I now know we're not alone in the love and loss we've experienced.

 

Cleo has given us so much!  The love between my wife and I has grown like never before.  My faith in God has become so strong, I can feel His presence like never before.  Our love for our other two birds, Fred & Henry, has also grown very strong.  I no longer fear growing old...I was so worried about who would take care of Cleo when my wife and I grew old and passed on.  Cockatoo's normally have a 70 year life span, Cleo would have still been around 30 years after we pass.  Since we have no children to care for Cleo, we prayed that God would help us find someone to care for her and to love her the way we loved her.  Now I know that my worries were unfounded and my prayers were answered.  Not exactly the way I wanted, but who better could take care of Cleo than God himself?

 

Cleo we miss you...

-Ron & Sue

luvmyhound

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Dear Ron and Sue,

I am so glad to hear how God is taking care of you! You are so right...who better to look after cleo than God! I am a firm believer that my Tucker, Cleo, and all the other loved ones have been "promoted to glory" and will be right there when it is our time to go. So very glad to hear your words of hope and faith. Love, peace, and healing to us all............Tuckers Mum

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