In my last post, I attempted to explain what was happening (had happened) in our fid's life. Sadly, this story does not have a happy ending. Echo passed away on December 9, 2010.
My hubby and I had spent the entire day with him and we were so excited because he seemed to be having a wonderful time with us, playing and snuggling. We'd put him back into his cage so we could make dinner that evening and then noticed a moment later that he didn't look quite right.
We took his cage apart in order to get him out and held him and talked to him, but he only wanted to snuggle up to my neck and sleep. My hubby noticed Echo was licking my neck, about an hour later, and we continued to talk sweetly to him, but we could see that he was leaving us. Then he was gone.
We are so saddened to lose both of our sweet babies. All we can hope for is that they are together again on the other side, happy.
Thank you all for the companionship and support you've offered us over the years, helping us create what we hope was a wonderful life for our little fellow, Echo.
Echo's stats: Lived for just about 13 years. Had no illnesses in his little life. Required no medications. Handfed by us (novices) from six weeks of age, approximately. Wings clipped once, then never again. Echo was well traveled; traveled the US extensively with my hubby and I, and his big sister, Chessy. His vocabulary included 'Mommy' 'Echo' 'Chessy' 'Hello' 'Night-night' 'Love you' 'Bye-bye' 'Momma's Baby' 'Good boy' and more, but his most impressive vocalization was his laughter. Echo laughed at things he found funny and it was the most amazing and delightful thing we've ever listened to, to date.
Echo died six months and one day following the death of his dearly loved sister (little dog named Chessy - 15-16 years of age.). Echo never stopped walking the house looking for Chessy after she died, though he was present when she passed away in my hubby's arms - from old age.
A special note to anyone considering ownership of a Quaker Parrot:
If you think you'd enjoy owning a Quaker Parrot and feel you can give them a good home filled with love, excitement and affection - and some great big strawberries from time to time - you should know this, they are wonderful creatures who can fill your home with love and laughter, capture your imagination and steal your heart away. We are heartbroken, but if we had a chance to do it all over again, we wouldn't change a thing about our decision to bring little Echo into our lives and our hearts. I hope you enjoy the same wonderful experiences we did with our tiny feathered fellow.