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Old 02-10-2019, 02:09 AM
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Thank you, Allee, for sharing Poppy's continuing journey. My eyes wept as you weaved a story of redemption and shared sacrifice. I have no doubt your influence on Stormy will be positive, while Poppy and Misty forge a tight bond. May your selfless actions ultimately bring you peace and closeness with Stormy. You are an amazingly gifted parront and wonderfully supportive parent.
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Re: Poppy’s Continuing Journey

Leaking eyes here as well but also ...
(Sorry if this sounds patronizing) I am SO proud of you!
Not just for rescuing Poppy in the first place, but being brave enough to deal with yet another messed up life without losing sight of all the others.
You let her go because she needed that- despite the heartache it brought you.


Best wishes and lots of light to you and yours (including the ones that are living in your heart and not currently with you in the house).
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:44 AM
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Re: Poppy’s Continuing Journey

My Dear Allee,
I have spend my live on only one side of what you experienced. All of our Amazon have come to us old, sick and abused with no want to ever trust another Human. Their passing had always been very hard, but we knew that they had found comfort and love prior to passing.
To rehome, is beyond the pain of a passing as we have resources and knowledge to provide a happy healthy home. When we are faced with all our success falling down around us and having to make that heartbreaking choice to rehome that is a place I have not been. Nor, is it a place that I could handle lightly. Your pain in beyond any that I have ever felt and my heart bleeds tears of sadness dear friend.
May the comfort of Huge Warm Amazon Feather Hugs and Prays Comfort You as they flow not only from a single person, but a huge family of like Parrot lovers. May our joint comfort, warmth and prays provide you with loving support.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:35 AM
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Allee, I am so glad you shared this, and I know how difficult it was for you to do.
My friend, I have been in awe of you since I have known you, an my respect and admiration for you has only grown over the years. Watching you deal with everything life has thrown at you in the last year has been heartbreaking, yet also inspiring. You are the strongest woman I know, and the strength and love you have shown during this, not only for Stormy but for Poppy as well is nothing short of incredible.

Sometimes things happen that we had no way of anticipating, and you put Poppy first, before your own feelings. You took in a bird who was damaged by her previous life, and slowly you put her pieces back together. I shudder to think of how Poppy would be now if she hadn't had you as a stepping stone to get her to where she is now. Your love made it possible for her to go to a good home, to someone who had waited years for her to come along. She has nothing to forgive you for, and I know that if Poppy could tell you, she would say thank you. Thank you for taking her in and changing her life, and thank you for finding the new wonderful home she is in now.

Your love and loyalty to those you love are like nothing I have ever seen before, and I count myself so lucky to be a part of your circle.

Thank you for illustrating that the right thing is all too often the hardest thing to do, but you did it for Poppy, and for Stormy. You are amazing, and I love you for being the wonderful person that you are.
It’s always been an honor to count you as one of my closest friends. I have tons of respect and admiration for you. Your unfailing kindness and compassion for all the perfectly imperfect birds you selflessly care for every day is a constant inspiration to those of us fortunate enough to be a part of your circle. Thank you for always listening and understanding, I honestly can’t imagine not having you in my life.

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Leaking eyes here as well but also ...
(Sorry if this sounds patronizing) I am SO proud of you!
Not just for rescuing Poppy in the first place, but being brave enough to deal with yet another messed up life without losing sight of all the others.
You let her go because she needed that- despite the heartache it brought you.


Best wishes and lots of light to you and yours (including the ones that are living in your heart and not currently with you in the house).
Thank you for your kind words, Christa. It’s nice to know a fellow rescuer understands where my heart was, where it had to be, your remark was not at all patronizing, there were plenty of moments when I was anything but proud of myself. Your support is much appreciated.

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Thank you, Allee, for sharing Poppy's continuing journey. My eyes wept as you weaved a story of redemption and shared sacrifice. I have no doubt your influence on Stormy will be positive, while Poppy and Misty forge a tight bond. May your selfless actions ultimately bring you peace and closeness with Stormy. You are an amazi parront and wonderfully supportive parent.
Thank you, Ace! You’re one of those special Too advocates that make the world a better place. We’ve had a lot of fun with Poppy haven’t we? I hope she continues to find new friends, joy and happiness for the remainder of her life. She’s incredible, she deserves the best life has to offer.

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My Dear Allee,
I have spend my live on only one side of what you experienced. All of our Amazon have come to us old, sick and abused with no want to ever trust another Human. Their passing had always been very hard, but we knew that they had found comfort and love prior to passing.
To rehome, is beyond the pain of a passing as we have resources and knowledge to provide a happy healthy home. When we are faced with all our success falling down around us and having to make that heartbreaking choice to rehome that is a place I have not been. Nor, is it a place that I could handle lightly. Your pain in beyond any that I have ever felt and my heart bleeds tears of sadness dear friend.
May the comfort of Huge Warm Amazon Feather Hugs and Prays Comfort You as they flow not only from a single person, but a huge family of like Parrot lovers. May our joint comfort, warmth and prays provide you with loving support.
Your self-appointed closest friend, Steven
Steven, My Dear Friend, I sincerely hope you are never faced with such an awful decision. All our journey’s are different, I don’t think we’re meant to get past all the challenges, maybe the best we can hope for is to get through them.

I never take the comfort and support of our amazing community for granted. It’s hard to put into words how much your support means. Thank you.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:13 AM
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Re: Poppy’s Continuing Journey

Aw, Huckleberry. First, let me send you the biggest, tightest bear hug. I wish I could be there to deliver it in person, sweetheart. I've known you for years, now. We became mods together. And you've become one of my dearest friends. So I know how difficult a choice this was for you. I know how much Poppy means to you, and I also know how deeply and wholeheartedly you love your family. So my heart truly breaks for you having to make such an impossible decision.

But it was indubitably the right one.

It has become more and more clear to me over the last few years how very sensitive birds are to the emotions of those around them. I remember never giving much credence in the past to the thought of explaining things to one's bird. But I've come to realize the importance of doing just that. Not for the words said, but rather for the sentiment conveyed via our body language. Our birds seem to be downright empathic. And from all accounts, this is even more potently the case with cockatoos. Their sensitivity to our feelings seems to go well beyond that of most parrots, which is saying a lot. So the emotionally tumultuous situation with your son (yes, PTSD is devastating) would definitely be stressful for sweet Poppy.

Enough so that an ideal home could become significantly less so.

I find that, in this situation, I'm thankful for a few things. I'm thankful that Poppy was blessed with you for a mom in the first place. A more sweet, loving, determined and dedicated parent she would have been hard-pressed to find. You helped Poppy discover that there is more to life than surviving. You introduced her to joy, family, and love. There is no greater gift than that.

I'm thankful for your son, and the 14 years that he has served this country. And I'm thankful that he has the support that he needs in you. A support that so many returning veterans do not necessarily have upon their own homecoming.

I'm thankful that Poppy has found a wonderful new mom in Misty (if she got through your vetting process, she must be phenomenal!)

And I'm thankful for you, Huckleberry. Thankful for the person that you are, and the friendship that we have. And the strength of spirit necessary for you to have shared this incredibly difficult and personal story with us. You, your family, and of course, Poppy, remain in my thoughts and prayers.
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Oh Allee, my heart is breaking for you. You're stronger than I could ever be in that situation. PTSD is a very real thing. Tucker's previous owner suffered terribly from it, and made the decision to give up their birds rather than harm them or himself. The stress level was unbearable for all of them. Between that and the predatory birds in their area, the birds started screeching constantly, which set off the poor guy's PTSD to the point where he was out of control. He had started banging on the cages in attempts to stop the noise, which of course, made things worse. Thank goodness he made the decision to give them up before it was too late. Tucker was obviously loved and very well cared for up to that point, and I'm certain it was a painful decision for them as well. In the interest of well being for all of them, it was the right thing to do. My wife is a firm believer in "everything for a reason," and I like to consider the bigger picture in life as well. Maybe things worked out so Tucker would be with me when I needed him. I don't know. I hope and pray for you that you will be at peace with your decision, however painful, and know it is the best choice, and there is a reason.

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Old 02-10-2019, 09:29 PM
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Awww Doc, you have an incredible knack for saying exactly what I need to hear. Thanks for the virtual bear hug, I could sure use a hug in person.

I agree, with every year I spend with parrots I gain new insights. I know my birds so well and they know me that well too. Little feathered empaths, I can fix most things for them but I couldn’t fix this. Poppy taught me so much and watching her heal and thrive was pure joy, I couldn’t watch her go back to the dark place she was in when she came to me, she deserved better.

Thank you for your kind words for Stormy, I’m proud of his service to our country and my heart breaks for all our servicemen and women who willingly give so much and have so little support when they finally come home.

You are such a wonderful friend! I’m very fortunate to count you as one of my closest friends. We’ve been through a lot together since that day we became mods, I don’t know what I’d do without you, Doc. You are my shoulder when I need to cry, you’re often my moral compass, and sometimes the jailer for my inner Texan, mostly you are sunlight on the darkest days. Thank you for the love, prayers and support. Love you back.
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Oh Allee, my heart is breaking for you. You're stronger than I could ever be in that situation. PTSD is a very real thing. Tucker's previous owner suffered terribly from it, and made the decision to give up their birds rather than harm them or himself. The stress level was unbearable for all of them. Between that and the predatory birds in their area, the birds started screeching constantly, which set off the poor guy's PTSD to the point where he was out of control. He had started banging on the cages in attempts to stop the noise, which of course, made things worse. Thank goodness he made the decision to give them up before it was too late. Tucker was obviously loved and very well cared for up to that point, and I'm certain it was a painful decision for them as well. In the interest of well being for all of them, it was the right thing to do. My wife is a firm believer in "everything for a reason," and I like to consider the bigger picture in life as well. Maybe things worked out so Tucker would be with me when I needed him. I don't know. I hope and pray for you that you will be at peace with your decision, however painful, and know it is the best choice, and there is a reason.

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Thank you Jon. Thank you for the kindness and for the insight. PTSD is new for me, I’m still learning. Poppy picked up on Stormy’s stress level and amplified it with her magnificent voice which raised his stress level even higher, the combination was unreal. I know Stormy didn’t intentionally do anything to scare or hurt her it was the stress itself, my older son’s wife and I talked about it, when his PTSD was at it’s worst, you could feel it, it must have been so confusing for Poppy, she didn’t know what to do, only that she needed help. He didn’t see the effect he had on her or even the connection but that didn’t make it any easier on Poppy. I agree wholeheartedly with your wife, everything does happen for a reason. I sincerely hope the next chapter in Poppy’s life is filled with as much love and happiness as you and your family gave to Tucker during his chapter with you. Your hope and prayers are much appreciated.
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