I think only August should answer this, because she knows the history of my bird. I can wait till tomorrow if that works. - Thank you,Becky
Hi August - You've been so helpful to me in the past. I am in need of some discussion with you about what to do with Woodrow my cockatiel while I am out of town. I'll be gone a week, and I am starting to have serious concern about Woodrow's happiness and safety while I'm gone. At first I thought my boyfriend would be here to watch him, but he is going to be focused on a project that may keep him away for 3 or 4 days at a time while I'm gone. I have a great vet who helped me through a crisis (we almost lost him in early April, not sure what the culprit was) and they do board at his facility. It looks like I'll need help for a full 7 days, and even tho the vet is great, I'm not sure how great it will be for Woodrow to be in a cage the whole time in a strange place. He's used to walking around and climbing his ladder to the lamp perch. I'm just so nervous about leaving and am convinced that my stimulation is what makes him live. (What an ego I have!) I can't imagine him hanging in there until I get back. I can't think of anyone who can look in on him if I leave him at home, which is where he would be most comfortable. I even considered taking him with me! But I think an airplane ride to the northeast from Texas would be too much stress. Besides, I've never flown with him - I think we are both (!) too old for that option. Do you have any ideas? And, can you comfort me in any way that he will be ok without me for a week? Thanks so much - Becky
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX has been a touchy year for Woodie, so I am particularly paranoid about his health while I'm gone. I'm sure you remember he is 18 (actually 19 this summer). He was stepped on in January, recovered from an eye allergy in March, and in early April he became ill and spent 2 days at the bottom of the cage. My avian vet, Dr. Campbell, gave me antibiotics and compassion. We really didn't think he'd make it. He pulled himself through it, but it took a good 3 weeks to get back to 100%. He tried hard to get well. He would give me tiny peeps to let me know he was ok, then sleep the rest of the day. It was a long recovery.
So that's why I'm concerned - his overall constitution is iffy.
OK, thank you for commiserating with me! Makes me feel much better!
Hi August - Sorry for the delay responding - decompressing from my trip. As it turns out, Woodrow stayed only 1 night at the vet/boarding. Boyfriend was around more than he thought he would be - I think he was just as hesitant about boarding W as I was.
I was so worried, and it all worked out fine.
I did explain to him that he would be visiting Dr. Campbell's office for several days, etc., so he must have been confused when that didn't happen! He was happy and very vocal when I got home.
I really appreciate you lending an ear and commiserating with me! It helps tremendously.