Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Well said MollyJean........I also think that all animals deserve a happy life. I had a cockateil bought for me when I was 5 years old...... I only lost her this year she lived to be 18 and 1/2 years old. She was poorly and neglected before I got her but she soon picked up. When she got older the last five years of her life she got bad arthritis in her legs and it crippled her. She could no longer walk or climb to reach her food and water. She had her peculiarities though and did not like change so I could not move her food and water dish to sit near her. So several times a day I would lift her over to her food and water so that she could drink and eat and I would sit her back in her favourite spot when she was finished. She learnt to 'ask' me when she wanted to eat or drink so she never went hungry or thirsty. Despite her disability she was a very happy bird, she would get excited when ever she saw me and she loved a scratch (I gave her regular scratches to keep her happy) and would happily preen her feathers ever day and I gave her lots of treats (cornflakes were her fave). In winter she started to get cold so I put a 'night light' on her and covered her cage to keep her warm and happy. When I lost her I felt so lost... I had done so much for her for so long......She was such a big part of my life for a very long time, we grew up together.