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Flying in Our Dreams..

There comes a time when we must part ways with those we cherish, even if for a little while.. but they never leave our hearts

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Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember then in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from you heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.........

Author unknown

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SHASTA
Rescued 8-1-04
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge. 8-6-04 
 
Shasta was a sweet tiel with a sad story. I rescued him and his male cage mate, Diablo, but sadly, Shasta was very ill.  After his condition deteriorated, it was decided it would be in his best interest for him to be humanely euthanized to end his suffering.  It broke my heart to do it, but he's free of pain now. 
 
The song on this page is "Flying Dreams", the song I somehow managed to sing to him through my tears at the vet's office, to keep him calm.  The last verse of the song is "Love it seems made Flying Dreams.. to bring you home to me."  Maybe every night, he does fly home to me in my dreams.
 
This page is inspired by my sweet Shasta and dedicated to all of our pets out there, waiting on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
 
 

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DIABLO
Rescued 8-1-04
Re-homed 9-6-04
 
 
Diablo was Shasta's cage mate, who I rescued at the same time.  Though he is still alive, he mourned Shasta's passing so much I had to give him a spot on this page.
 
Sadly, Shasta's passing brought out the worst in Diablo and he became completely unmanageable.  Though he was not a bad cockatiel, he had suffered abuse and neglect, which led to behavioral problems that were further amplified by the grieving he was undergoing. 
 
He began to attack me, but once he came out of quarentine Diablo began to attack my other cockatiels and scream incessantly when seperated from them.  Though I felt sorry for him and tried my best to rehabilitate him, I had to think of the safety of my other birds, so I made the decision to re-home Diablo with someone who has alot of expertice dealing in parrot rescue.  He has since bonded with another tiel who has many of the personality traits Shasta had. He's much happier now and I get to visit him too, which is a BIG plus!  At least Diablo's story has a happier ending.

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Jackie-Bird
1997 - 2002
 
Jackie-Bird was My step-mom Linda's Lutino male. He was the sweetest lil dude.  He knew a multiple of phrases including, "Hey Bird Brain", "Jackie-Bird", "Pretty Bird" and others.  She bought him when she lived in Ca. and he and his cage mates made the long trip via car to Oregon when they moved.  Though only six when he passed away, he has left the biggest impression in her heart of all of her tiels.  As lutinos are prone to night frights, so too was Jackie-bird, which is what called him over the Rainbow Bridge before his time.  He left his legacy with his mate, Lacey, who kept a secret. (she too, could talk!)  When he passed away, Lacey began saying all of the phrases Jackie-bird knew!  Perhaps it was Lacey's way of keeping Jackie-bird alive. 
 
*Nov 2004  Lacey has now joined Jackie across the Rainbow Bridge.

In Loving Memory of Maurice
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Maurice
Rescued 8 - 04
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 12-28-04
 
Maurice was a sweet, shy little Fischers Love Bird who had a difficult time finding his niche in life until he found his forever home with Nikki.  Though, his little heart gave out him, he'll never give up his place in Nikki's heart. (Or Bartok's, his GCC buddy).  And.. just for you Nikki... always know that you gave him the gift of happiness.. something he never knew before you. He's flying free now, with the gift you gave him, his to keep forever. 

Addison, the Sweetest of Rosy Bourkes
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Addison
July 2004
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge Feb 24, 2005
 
Tragedy struck twice in the same flock in a short amount of time.  Sadly, Addison has joined his flockmate Maurice across the Rainbow Bridge and will keep him company.  Perhaps its the only measure of comfort their birdy mom, Nikki, has to hold on to.  His sudden death while she was away left her broken hearted.  Meanwhile, his sweet, quiet Bourke ways and gentle personality will be missed by all.  Especially his cagemate Sophie.  "Taken away so young.. taken away without a warning."    
*Think of Laura, Christopher Cross
 

Feathered wings so they can fly...
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Sometimes...
Tragedy strikes before we ever anticipate it.  These wings are for those beloved birds, whose wings captured the warm breezes on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge before a camera ever captured their image...
 
Dos & Tres: The clutchmates of Uno (Dani's Mickaboo rescue). Though Uno was blessed and somehow survived the odds, his clutchmates and their Mother succumbed to the malnutrician and poor conditions they endured prior to Dani's rescue of them.  Dos & Tres were just a week old when they crossed on June 6, 2004. They never had a chance to spread their wings and fly... so these fully fledged wings are for you.  May your memory live on through the strength of your brother, Uno.
 
Tiki - On Oct. 5, 2004 an accident took sweet Tiki away from his loving companion after they'd only been together for three weeks.  Though they're time was together was short, Kristina will always love her Tiki, who was so friendly, from day one.  Since she never had a chance to snap any pictures of him, she'll carry his picture around in her heart forever, and these wings are dedicated to him as well.  Fly free, sweet Tiki.

Beautiful Blueberry
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Blueberry -
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge
September, 2005
 
Blueberry was one of Christy's first budgies.  Bought at a local pet store, its hard to know exactly how old she was.  Blueberry paired with Keeter and together, produced many beautiful babies. She was a wonderful mother to her chicks and though gone now, a testament of that will live on forever as she is pictured in "Parrots for Dummies" 2005 edition, tending to her young. After a sudden illness, Blueberry slipped away of unknown causes.  She is preceded in death by Miri, her first chick and the only chick she ever lost.  She is survived by Keeter, her doting mate, Kokomo (see Jodi's budgies), her handsome son, China, a beautiful daughter, and many other lovely budgies she raised to fledge. You will be missed by many and loved by all Beautiful Blueberry!

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