Bye Bye Birdie-Bird
It took me a while to decide who to give Oscar to. I got a bunch of offers for him but I wanted to make sure that whoever took him would love him and take good care of him. When I read JK's email, I knew that she was probably the one. They have several kids and had just bought a pair of baby cockatiels for one of the daughters for Christmas. But one of them died of a yeast infection after three vet visits and a good sum of money. I knew that this family would take good care of my Oscar. When I emailed her to let her know they could have him, she was thrilled. We talked on the phone yesterday afternoon and clicked immediately.
Last night I took Oscar out of his cage for a while. He doesn't like the process of being taken out and will make you chase him all over the cage but he loves being out once he's on your finger. He sang to me and talked to me - "Hello, birdie-bird", "I love you, birdie-bird", "Pretty birdie-bird", "Sophie, come here!" He gave me kisses and called the cat and laughed when I laughed at him. He gave us his wolf whistle as well as the Bob Seger whistle from the end of Jungle Love that I taught him. He talked to the dogs and got to walk on each of them for a few seconds before they couldn't take it anymore and moved away. Even Nate behaved and didn't try to eat Oscar this time. Of course, Oscar isn't afraid of the dogs or the cat. If they get too close, he just bites at their noses. He bit at my thumbs if I forgot and moved one while holding him because he just hates thumbs for some reason. We had fun hanging out in the house together for a while then I put him back in his cage and told him I loved him.
This morning when I left for work I told him bye. E cleaned out Oscar's cage and brought him to meet his new flock. He said that he spent some time telling JK about Oscar and she was excited to have him. Oscar was whistling for them already so things were going well. I received an email from her when they got home and she's promised updates and pictures. I know they'll love him and he'll love them back. He just loves being with people and animals and they have a house full of both.
I cried over it a couple of days ago but today I feel good about it. Our house will be quiet, that's for sure. E said that Sophie was looking for Oscar earlier. But we were able to make a family happy for Christmas and find Oscar a good home in the process. That's definitely a good thing.