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CallumConure 05-17-2019 08:48 PM

Weird Occurence
 
I didn't know where to post this since this is related to my conure, but at the same time, seems to be a very weird coincidence. I dare say it was like something was watching over me! It includes my dog, but it's not solely about him, so I couldn't put this in the Non-Feathered Friends forum either.

Background:
About two and a half years ago, I lost my best friend; a fourteen-year-old black lab mix named Thumper. Everyone that met him loved him. Everyone I knew was really upset to lose him. I saw more tears (and shed more tears) than I could count. He was so laid back and easygoing. We had a daycare at the time and he loved those kids and tolerated them messing with him. I had adopted him when I was a little kid and I was crushed to lose him my first semester into college (thankfully I stayed at home to be there when he passed). He passed away October 22nd, 2016.

Actual story:
Well, prior to losing Thumper, I had always been casually researching and watching videos on GCCs for a couple of years. I had fallen in love with green cheek conures many, many years ago. I knew I always wanted one, always looked at rescues for fun, but never considered actually adopting one (Not that I could, any that were in rescues were immediately adopted out).
Well, when Thumper died, I took a bit of break. Honestly, that three-month period is a blur. I didn't do drugs or drink or anything, but I was just existing. Life had thrown a curveball at me and had smacked me right in the nose. I didn't know how to react.
Well, around end of November, all the way to early January, I decided I needed to redirect my grief on something else. I wanted to get a bird. In that time period, I refreshed my knowledge on GCCs and scoured rescues near me. Nothing. I decided to then give in and go to a breeder, where I eventually ended up with Callum.
Along with Callum came an adorable little hatch certificate about him, including his band number, his parents, and his DNA test that confirmed he was male. He immediately chose me. As soon as he could, he was leaning against my head, feathers puffed up, eyes half-closed, and looking very pleased with himself to have a cuddle buddy.

One day, upon looking back on Callum's hatch certificate, I noted his hatchdate (I hadn't paid too much attention of it before other than he was a fall baby). He hatched October 15th, 2016. Exactly one week before I lost my beloved dog.
I don't know if this is a major coincidence or if fate made sure I'd have someone to look after me, but people always tell me Callum was meant to be my little baby. I don't doubt them. I just think it's a little eerie that my bird's birthday is nearly the exact date I lost my dog.

Any input is welcome! I love conversations and hearing about eerie stories such a this.

Ellie777Australia 05-17-2019 10:23 PM

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Hi CallumConure...I reckon this qualifies as 'off topic' :D...


Perhaps we could start a new section called 'Eerie Pirrots Tales by Parronts'. I'm looking forward to reading of more occurrences like yours.:) Thank you for sharing.


Debbie:red1:

LaManuka 05-17-2019 10:54 PM

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Hi CallumConure, I’m sorry for your loss of Thumper. Thanks for sharing your story, it really resonated with me.

My little Lilly Pilly was hatched last year on my birthday. I did not know this at the time. She is only with us because of the loss of my green cheeked conure (and love of my life) last August. Coincidence? I think not...

Scott 05-18-2019 12:35 AM

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Lovely story, perfectly placed. The universe is filled with the inexplicable.

CallumConure 05-18-2019 07:04 AM

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Thank you all for the kind responses! I've been a little weirded out for this or about two or so years! I didn't know what to make of it.

A little fun fact about me: I love getting tattoos of my animals. I got a tattoo of Thumper's pawprint, along with the dates he entered and left my life, and am in the works to create a tattoo for my rats. Next up will be Callum. A little off-topic from the eerie tale, but does anyone have advice? I definitely have more creepy occurrences/weird coincidences, such as me losing a rat named Gideon and then a friend of mine got a golden retriever puppy and naming her Gideon without ever knowing of my rat.

Ellie777Australia 05-19-2019 04:35 PM

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[QUOTE=CallumConure] Thank you all for the kind responses! I've been a little weirded out for this or about two or so years! I didn't know what to make of it…A little off-topic from the eerie tale, but does anyone have advice? I definitely have more creepy occurrences/weird coincidences, such as me losing a rat named Gideon and then a friend of mine got a golden retriever puppy and naming her Gideon without ever knowing of my rat.



“Advice” related to ‘creepy/weird coincidences’: It is MHO CallumConure, that the ‘occurrences/coincidences’ may not be coincidences. A coincident by definition is ‘a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances that have no apparent causal connection with one another’ (courtesy of Wikipedia; I don’t want you thinking that Brainy-Smurf is online):).



Consider that these aforementioned ‘events’ (as described by you) appear to center around ‘animals’…you seem to love your animals. Could you be considering a career involving animals in some fashion? If so, perhaps these ‘events’ do have ‘an apparent causal connection with one another’. Could the ‘events’ be reassuring you that pursuit of a career ‘involving animals’ in some ‘connection’ will be fulfilling?


Kind Regards,
Debbie (aka non-brainy-smurf) :D

noodles123 05-19-2019 05:20 PM

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I think that this universe is way more complicated than most people give it credit for.

GaleriaGila 05-19-2019 06:36 PM

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What Scott said!

I am a shameless believer in all things mystical. Yesterday's superstition is tomorrow's science. In days of old, people feared getting too close to sick people lest the evil sick spirits jump onto them... they didn't know about germs... :)

Thank you for sharing.

CallumConure 05-20-2019 07:49 PM

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The problem with any animal work, domesticate or wild, is just the amount of heartbreak in it. I had thought about doing some sort of Zoology/Ecology route. I've always seen myself sitting on a hillside, notepad and pen in hand, watching animals continue with their lives and then record it for scientific purposes.
I'd be down to study those weird animals. Bearded vultures, spotted hyenas, parrots, wild rats, snakes, etc.

However, with the ecologist or zoologist routes, I will see the sick and dying animal and I'm not allowed to intervene. I see animals slowly disappearing in the wild. I can change as much as I want, but some people will never change. If I work with invasive animals, I almost always will have to euthanize the animal or desperately trying to rehome it.

People keep telling me to be a veterinarian but it would break my heart to see all of the sick and sad dogs, cats, birds, rodents, reptiles, etc. I know I would be able to help them, but losing any of them or having to recommend euthanasia would ruin my whole day. I can't cancel appointments because I had to put a dog to sleep or see people cry when I suggest it was the best option for the animal. I've been through that and I can't imagine putting anyone else through that.

I've kind of thought about becoming a professional wildlife rehabilitator or with education programs, but I quite frankly dislike people LOL.

Working with animals is incredibly rewarding at some times, but there's just moments like those that stick with me. I'm too sensitive to ever fully be happy working with animals.

Ellie777Australia 05-20-2019 08:25 PM

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[QUOTE=CallumConure;812419] The problem with any animal work, domesticate or wild, is just the amount of heartbreak in it… Working with animals is incredibly rewarding at some times, but there's just moments like those that stick with me. I'm too sensitive to ever fully be happy working with animals. If I may speak from the perspective of one living a lifetime ‘caring for humans’ (you know, the species that you dislike :eek:), usually those with the ‘sensitive heart’ made the best carers.

I had thought about doing some sort of Zoology/Ecology route. I've always seen myself sitting on a hillside, notepad and pen in hand, watching animals continue with their lives and then record it for scientific purposes. I'd be down to study those weird animals. Bearded vultures, spotted hyenas, parrots, wild rats, snakes, etc. Wow, you could travel the world and enjoy working with wildlife. :)

I've kind of thought about becoming a professional wildlife rehabilitator or with education programs, but I quite frankly dislike people Ummm, now you just need to figure out how to do this and avoid the dreaded human species at the same time LOL.


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