Thursday Nov 17, 2011
Aldo, the Teacher
Heres something I had to see to believe.
Ive written about Sweetie Boys passing in the previous post. I knew Id miss him, but didnt realize how much.
Those reading my blog posts may be aware that I also have a rescued parakeet, Aldo. You can read more about this remarkable bird by typing Aldo in the search field on the right and down below.
Sweetie Boy and Aldo have been next to each for the past year in their separate cages. They would often chirp back and forth, and it seemed that they might be speaking with one another.
I had some success in hand training Aldo who would perch on my finger for his treat inside his cage. But, he wouldnt come out of his cage, despite any enticements. He felt quite content and safe inside his aviary-like birdcage.
The next day in the evening after Sweetie Boy had died, Aldo came to one of the cage doors and began chirping. I opened the door, and to my amazement, he hopped out, went over to Sweetie Boys cage, looked here and there, and began making mournful peeps, as if trying to call him out.
It was clear that Aldo was aware that Sweetie Boy was no longer present. I was humbled by Aldos compassionate behavior.
I sat on the floor with Aldos millet treat. He looked down and flew onto my hand for a nibble. So, there we wereAldo no longer cage bound and both of us missing Sweetie Boy.
P.S. The doggie in the picture is Larry, my beloved Yorkie who is missed each day.
Here is where prose transcends into poetry.
Your love and keen observation of other creatures should be a national mantra.