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Old 12-17-2016, 10:50 AM
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

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April, I am so sorry to hear this. From all you've shared the past few years regarding Barney's life with your parents and with his mate, I know that he's had a good and full life. As others have already said, I think that your parents are handling the situation exactly as they should. He really should be surrounded by his loved ones in this time.

As Allee pointed out, making the bottom of the cage especially comfortable for him is important. A soft towel will support and comfort him. Also, they might want to raise the temperature a bit for him, as it might be a bit more difficult to maintain body temperature at the moment.

Both Suzie and Bixby spent their last moments in my arms, and I know that they both drew comfort from that. The same, I'm sure, will be true for Barney... the only difference being his "person" is not a person at all. He will draw comfort from the presence of his mate, as well as the rest of his flock.

And your idea to let Alfie see him after he passes is also a good one. i did the same for Maya after Bixby had passed, and seeing him seemed to help her to process what had happened. I believe they "understand" death better than they would an abrupt disappearance.

My heart goes out to you and your family, April. I know how much you all love Barney. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

I'm sorry to read this April.

I am always with my animals at the end. Most of my old guys if I think they are at the end we do euthanize though. (Horses tend to suffer and "people" call because they look bad unfortunately- it's hard to keep their weight).

I have two old horses and three of cats currently and I Ann TERRIFIED of the day I have to go through what your parents are. All they can do is make it the best they can.
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:59 AM
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

I was not there when my Amazon passed. And I regretted it. My doolie died alone so I'm sure just being there will help. So sorry.
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:26 PM
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

Barney has not passed on yet and is a little perkier today, but still very weak. My mom says he is still on the floor but has regained some of his appetite and vocalized a bit when he saw her pull out some walnuts. She now thinks he perhaps had a second stroke. Still, given his poor health at this point it's doubtful he will recover from this. I just hope he hangs in there until after the holidays. One of my MIL's older dogs died last night unexpectedly, so I don't want to see another pet in the family pass this time of year.

Thank you everyone for being so kind. Barney is about the sweetest, calmest, gentlest parrot one could ever meet and whenever he decides to return to the earth, he will be greatly missed.
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:49 AM
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

Oh April, I am sorry your MIL lost one of her dogs.

I am sure Barney is feeling the love and embrace of those closest to him.
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

Feel the love, little man Barney.
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

I'm sorry about this bad situation. Just make him feel comfortable for his last moments.
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:35 AM
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

Just a little update. Barney is still hanging in there. Still can't perch or move around, but my mom says his appetite has returned and he's eating a lot to make up for the few days he hardly ate anything. Thinking more and more he may have had a second stroke worse than the first one. Still unsure if this is just a little last burst of life some animals get near the end or if he's somehow recovering, but he appears to be doing better.
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:49 AM
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

Thanks April. So hard to know, but a resurgent appetite is always a good sign. Barney is getting the very best of love and support, hopefully the trend will be positive.
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Re: Very sad news and need some suggestions on end of life care

Barney may surprise us all. Please wish your MIL and all her pets a Merry X-mas, and Happy Holiday from the pirates on Long Island: The Brigands, Geri, Tinker and of course Salty.
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