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#1 Posted : Monday, 19 November 2018 2:32:53 PM(UTC)
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Might sound corny, but just thought I'd share this, makes me feel a bit better anyway.

My white Cockatoo Clyde died this morning. She (yes she, will explain in a sec) was 35-36 years old.

I worked in a pet shop from about 12 to 18 years old (my parents owned it). We had a lot of birds, and people used to bring me in rejected babies that tame parrots had bred but couldn't look after. I used to hand raise them, I had help with a hand rearing formula developed by from memory a keeper of Macaws at Adelaide zoo. You name it, I hand raised it: Galahs, Rosellas, Lorikeets, Cockys and more.

But the most special was when one day around 1982-3 when I was in high school a customer chopped down a tree, and in it were two baby White Cockatoos, maybe a week old. I raised them both, they were called Leroy and Clyde. Leroy turned out to be Male and you guessed it, Clyde was a female. I had them both until they were about 6-7 when I tried to let them go. Leroy joined the wild Cocky gang living around us. Clyde didn't want to go anywhere, she just hung around. She has been with me ever since. The most gentle and loving animal you could ever imagine.

She had a complication with an egg yesterday, and she died at the Vets this morning. We tried to save her but not to be. I just finished burying her in the middle of the driveway circle right near where I buried my old Doberman Louis 14 years ago (geez time flies!).

RIP Clydee Bird, 19-11-2018.
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#2 Posted : Monday, 19 November 2018 3:44:16 PM(UTC)
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Commiserations on the loss of your long term pal. Sounds like Clyde enjoyed the best life and you couldn't have done any more.
The loss of a pet is never easy and l can relate a little as my brother lost his cockatoo (Joey) a couple of years ago.
Crazy bird used to love rolling about on the floor in a paper bag.
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#3 Posted : Monday, 19 November 2018 4:03:49 PM(UTC)
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Pets mean so much to us and when one dies it is heart breaking.

Sorry for your loss you did all you could.
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#4 Posted : Monday, 19 November 2018 10:57:59 PM(UTC)
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Sorry to hear about Clyde.
My wife and I sometimes look after a disabled galah. Our neighbour was out with her son about 16 years ago and the galah was tossed out of the nest as they were walking past and her son asked if he could take it home and look after it. They hand reared it. Part of its claws are upside down and it has a bit of trouble hanging off the wall of the cage by its beak and the part of the claws that are the right way up. It is a very placid bird but still pecks at our fingers if we scratch/tickle it too close to its neck! Babe is its name.
We are looking after a friends dog, Rosie. Her 'master' is in hospital in Toowoomba after being transferred from Melbourne after he suffered a stroke. They just started on the grey nomad thing in a converted full size bus with a salvage trailer for their car. They only got as far as Ballarat.
I still miss my old dog, Spud. The kids left the gate open one day and he took off. Five minutes later and he was hit by a car. The vet suggested putting him down but I asked him to wait a few days. He woke up after being sedated and when he stood up it only lasted a few seconds before he went down. After a week he was able to stand but could only walk in an anti clockwise direction. I walked him around the yard at the vet in a clockwise direction only for another week and for the next 3 months before he could walk in a straight line at least. MY ex wife put him down a couple of years ago. RIP Spud.
And RIP Clyde.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, 20 November 2018 5:16:58 AM(UTC)
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Thanks guys. You know it is always good to “talk” about grief or sad memories even if it’s simply a few words on a forum. Hearing other similar stories is cool and quite therapeutic!

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#6 Posted : Tuesday, 20 November 2018 9:04:43 AM(UTC)
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Condolences on the loss of your feathered companion Byron.
Pets become much loved members of our families so to lose them is very sad indeed.

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