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Old 08-08-2017, 08:23 AM
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Re: Lost my Gertie today

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I am so very sorry for your loss of Gertie. I am so glad you had 22 years of memories together that will hopefully comfort you during this very difficult time. My heart goes out to you.
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:54 AM
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I'm so very sorry. I hope you find answers and peace. I know it is little consolation, but your experience may help another bird some day.
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Re: Lost my Gertie today

I am so sorry to hear your sad news. We take the loss of our friends so badly but I do believe that they are so much better at accepting the end of a beautiful life. It was hard for her at the end but she knew she was important in your life and you were important to her too, that was very clear.

She flies on somewhere and would be sorry to see you upset. We learn so much about love and life through them and it will eventually give you the strength to share that love with another some day.

Bless you.
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Thank you, Allee, for your beautiful words of comfort. I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity of the people on these forums at this heartbreaking time. Gertie's suffering was truly brutal in her last days, and I'd give anything to have spared her that. But at least I held her close to my heart (literally the night before and always throughout her life), and I watched as she went into the corner of her travel cage while I drove like a madwoman to the v e t center. And then it was over. I know this will be a process to get through, and I'm glad to have this group alongside me.
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Re: Lost my Gertie today

I just read this and you are in my thoughts. Gertie was lucky to have you. It hurts awful, we all know here and are here for you, thinking of you throughout the day. Her 22 years were full of love and caring and you will have pride once you can get past this hurtful phase.
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Re: Lost my Gertie today

At the end, Gertie had you with her to comfort her. She knew she was deeply loved, and that's all any of us can wish for at our end. She was a very lucky bird to have you share your life with her, and she knew that.

Somewhere, she flies free now, knowing that you will always care for her and remember her.

Rest in peace, free of pain, little Gertie.
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Thank you so much, today's posters. I am deeply touched! Right now it's pretty hard to face each day without her. Being semi-retired (I'm now 70), and just by temperament, I spend a lot of time at home. While I did work this week, did errands, watched tv, etc. and am glad I did, the house is full of her everywhere I go. I know this will take time and I do trust the process. My husband, who also loved her but not in the same ways, has been supportive. He was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and will have surgery on 8/30. And we have a 19 yo daughter we adopted from Romania who is mentally ill, hasn't lived at home since 2009. So there are other BIG stresses for us as well. And Gertie was a steady, sweet, comical companion through it all! We have our 6 yo mini poodle, Tasha, also a joy. It's hard to believe that our old dog Barnaby who died at age 17 in 2010 was 2 when we adopted 8 week old Gertie in 1995. Time is so strange. Anyway, I realized this post shouldn't be in the "quick reply" section! Thanks again for being there!!!
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Re: Lost my Gertie today

I'm so sorry...my heart ached for you reading this thread. Gertie was an amazing little life with an amazing parront. I hope time soothes the pain and a smile soon crosses your face as you remember the happier times.
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You are in all our prayers, and you know she's pain free up at the Rainbow Bridge, right? We love you!
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Thanks to all for your heartfelt empathy and loving support! It does help to ease the pain!
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