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Date:9/15/2014 3:47:05 AM
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Thinking of you beautiful Angel Christie
We are thinking of you all and hope you are able to remember all the happy memories you made together. We are so glad that you have a large flock to help you through the day.

We are so intelligent and so good at hiding our illnesses. Mom's first and second loves, budgies named Andre and Elmo, respectively, both died from what mom thinks was a tumor (common in budgies). But they hid it way up until the end as well. I'm sure your dad did everything he could. Mom says bird lovers are a special group of people. Most of them would give up anything and spend any amount of money to help us.

Mom and I (and Kahlua) love that you rescue birds. I hate that people buy us thinking we're so easy to take care of or because we're beautiful and they get a kick out of the fact that we can talk, and then end up not giving us what we need so we develop behavior problems, or just get tired of all the work involved and just give us away. Granted, there are some who get older or get sick and are genuinely doing the right thing by re-homing us, but these aren't the majority of the cases.

Mom and dad rescued the Rose-Breasted you see in some of the pictures (on Kahlua's page). He now lives with his Dad in Georgia. If we didn't live in an apartment, and mom wasn't in a very tough financial situation, she'd rescue other birds. Her dream is to open a sanctuary for birds. There are lots of rescue groups here, but they are mostly for cats and dogs. And there are a few down towards NYC and Long Island but that's over an hour and a half or more away.

Mom says she'd love to visit the Gabriel Foundation in Colorado. She follows them on Facebook.

CAGs are amazing birds too. Kahlua impress mom all the time. She knows when she's feeling down and asks her, "Are you okay?" Then she tells her, "I love you." Anytime mom doesn't respond or answer, she repeats her question -- and with much emphasis! I usually just come over and snuggle under mom's chin and want hugs and kisses and scritches.

Your friend,
Tango (and mom, Kristen)
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