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(in memoria) Tenzie

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Tenzie's is a story about egg-binding. Please always make sure your females have enough calcium (not too much, though) and always pay attention to the signs your birds are giving you! AND TAKE EGG-BINDING SERIOUSLY!_____- _____Tenzie was my first bird. i found her in a pet store 10 years ago and it was love at first sight. she got me through the toughest times of my life, growing up through the teenage years. I missed her like crazy when i went away to college. I finally got her back my Junior year when i moved into an apartment. For some reason, she began laying eggs that year. It started with her getting sick and panting on the floor of her cage. I immediately brought her to the Vet and they said she was eggbound. It cost nearly $2,000 to preform the surgery to save her life, but i would've paid it ten times over despite what everyone kept saying (that's too much money; it's just a bird! she was never "just a bird"...she was my angel-baby!). She survived the surgery, but about a month afterwards she began laying eggs like crazy. She laid and laid and laid them for months until her heart gave out from exhaustion. The night she died i held her in my hands and begged her to stay; i begged, and held her, and helped her breathe when she flagged, and kept her heart beating, for almost 6 hours. The Vet wouldn't see her because they didn't think there was anything they could do! I was so mad at them. I kept her alive thinking if she makes it to morning, she'll be fine. But she turned those trusting eyes to me and i could tell she was saying "momma, it's time". So i said "okay baby..i'll see you in heaven." Moments later she closed her eyes and sighed, and that was it. I'll never forget losing her, and i'll always miss her. She taught me to love birds, and to never give up. She is my guardian angel. She used to make a "phoenix" pose (like in her picture) and i had painted a picture of her 2 weeks before she died for some reason. Now that picture is above my bed reminding me that she's always with me..

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Hi! My name is (in memoria) Tenzie

I am a Cockatiel from Tallahassee, FL.

Her full name was Lady Chirpa Tensing, so her nickname was technically Tenzie, or angel-girl.

16 years old   F

Cockatiel

She LOVED popcorn! everytime mommy made some she HAD to have popcorn!

She used to love to hang out on her mommy's pillow, on top of her cage, or on her swing.

She used to hate whistling! it made her twitch!

She gave everything to me; her popcorn, her bedroom, her love. I'll always be with her, and she knows it.

My parents used to let her cage be rolled out onto the covered porch when i was in college, and she used to LOVE to bathe in the air from the leaf blower that they would hold far away and let her get the breeze from. She would just bathe and bathe and have a blast! she also have a cardinal that she used to "court" as her boyfriend..

I'm with you in the rain; in every drop. I'm with you in the sun; in every ray..

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10/29/2008 10:20.43 AM  
  From Romeo & Juliet
Your story of your angel-girl is very touching to us. It made our momma cry becuase before I, Romoeo, came along my momma to had a cockatiel that she adopted from a pet store. Her name was Snowball. For some reason she died suddenly one night when my mom and dad were out carving pumpkins for Halloween. That is why my momma's in-laws my grand parents bought me for an early X-mas present. You are Right Tenzie will be waiting for you up in Heaven.

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12/13/2007 06:19.05 PM Report This Comment  
  From lil man & Ricco
So sorry that ur no longer with us ..wish we couldve have the time to get to of met each other but ur no longer suffering which is the best thing R*I*P Tenzie
Love Lil man and my brother Ricco. YOU Def..deserve this vote for doing all u could to fight for ur life to stay one more moment with ur mommy..

Come visit me, MicKeY, Lil man & Ricco.

08/22/2007 10:38.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Kito & Tupi
We are sorry to hear of your loss. It is a nice rememberence you have left for Tenzie. And we know she is flying high watching over you. Kito and Tupi.

Come visit me, Tupi, Aussie, Julio, Miah, "YOU" JANE, "ME" TARZAN, Chile, Chico & Kito.

08/17/2007 11:38.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Tenzie's Mom ~
I'm so sorry for your loss. It's always a learning experience when you own a bird or any other pet - good & bad. I sympathize with what you went through at the end. I know you will miss her & always will. I'm glad you were able to paint her picture. When you spend money on your "baby" and people tell you that it's only a bird, or only a cat or any other animal......they haven't had the fortunate experience of bonding with an animal. They're the ones missing out! Here's a vote for Angel-Girl ~ Pico, Skittles, & Mom (Cindy)

Come visit me, Poco, Pico, Bindi - R.I.P. ♥ & Skittles - R.I.P. ♥.

08/17/2007 12:36.43 PM Report This Comment  
  hi there
boy your story was so sad, that was awful...mommy used to have a pair of lovies that continously laid fertile eggs. mommy was so worried esp since they were fertile. it made mommy so nervous to pin the eggs that she had to give the pair away to a coworker. it was awful worrying about the egglaying and the baby birds...once after she had pinned the egg, she must not have gone through enough...a baby hatched but didnt live long...she was so upset. so sorry about your loss, here is a vote cuz we really liked your profile. :)

Come visit me, vern--good bye, RIP tressa RIP, amos, RIP scarlett,rose,poppy, iris- RIP Chickens, noah, malachi, silas & RIP ike RIP.

08/17/2007 11:23.37 AM Report This Comment  
  A Vote In TENZIE Memory.......
wow....tear jerker...we are so sorry for your loss...i am so glad you had painted Tenzie's picture, sometimes we just know things....such a blessing to know you were holding her as she passed over the Rainbow Bridge...she will always be flying over you!!! Keep in mind if you ever get another female bird, that they can be spayed just like cats or dogs so that they do not lay any more eggs......you have our blessings!!!

Come visit me, Frisco, Sassy & Sammy.

08/17/2007 07:22.44 AM Report This Comment  
  From Carmen and Isabella
What a beautiful tribute to Tenzie. Hopefully this will alert others to the problem of binding and may save another bird. Bless you.
Carmen and Isabella's Mom

Come visit me, Angel Isabella (#21873) & Angel Carmen (#21870) - R.I.P. baby girl.

08/17/2007 03:57.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Greetings from Shannigans
I think it is wonderful all that was written for and about Tenzie. Love never dies when you have such a family as yours, Tenzie will always be with you in heart and spirit until she is with you again forever. Tenzie was very beautiful.

Come visit me, Babycakes, Snigglefritz, Pumpkin, HALDIR AND PINK LADY, Sparkle and I am lost, escaped my cage, Shadow & Shannigans.

08/16/2007 08:32.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Buddy and Lil Bird
This is such a sweet tribute to your beloved bird. I can only imagine your pain...but because of her, your love for birds have given other birds a happy loving home. I'm glad her memory helps you to be such a wonderful bird Mommy!

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08/16/2007 07:11.53 PM Report This Comment  
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