My best friend died today

by Angela
(New York)

I've been posting to this website for about five years now about my Quaker parrot, Rocky.

Rocky was a rescue from an abusive home and I spent every day of the last five years with her. She was the smartest, funniest bird ever. She ate breakfast and lunch with my husband every day, although she was my special bird. She would snuggle with me and loved being petted and would kiss me bye bye and good night every day.

Rocky didn't seem herself this morning and didn't eat. I was taking her to her avian vet for her beak trim and the vet noticed she wasn't herself. She was acting more scared and skittish than usual. After the beak trim she was back in her carrier and breathing heavily. I brought her home and she flew from the carrier before I could get her back into her cage. She landed on the floor and was walking around so I picked her up and put her in the cage where she stayed on the bottom breathing heavy with her beak down. I covered her up to calm her down.

I had to go out again and left her with my husband. Not five minutes after I left, my husband called and told me that Rocky died. He said she flapped around, screamed a few times and rolled over on her back. He tried mouth to beak resuscitation, but to no avail.

Even though I only had her six years, Rocky was my baby and my best friend. I haven't stopped crying because she was such a huge part of my life. My heart is truly broken. Rest in peace Rocky, my baby bird.

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Jul 20, 2016
How are you healing?
by: Anonymous

I just read your story and I hope you have found some peace and are perhaps considering bringing another feathered friend into your life!

Sep 11, 2015
Update on Rocky
by: Angela

Rocky died a week ago and I have been so distraught and couldn't think clearly as to what might have happened. After some thought, I believe her avian vet caused her death.

She was not sick and if she was, the vet should have noticed something prior to the beak trim. After he put her back in her carrier he said "I didn't hold her that long" as she was sitting there breathing heavily and in clear distress. He did nothing but tell me to take her home and ushered me out the door.

Rocky died within a half hour of taking her home. I know the vet must have held her wrong and caused injury that resulted in her death. How else can a healthy bird just drop dead?

If I had not taken her in for that beak trim, she would still be with me today.

Sep 04, 2015
by: Tracie

This is so sad for you and your hubby! ((Hugs)) Your contribution has been appreciated.

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