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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Remembering Chuck

In September 2006, the hurricane season had been especially hard on the southeast.  The winds had been high and many and the rains came in deluge.  One morning Mister, in his morning walk to get the newspaper, found a little baby bird lying on the ground next to the driveway.  Not wanting a neighborhood cat to get it, he picked it up and carried it to one of the flower pots on the patio.  That's where I found it.  In the flower pot sitting on the picnic table on the patio.
It was a tiny little thing, that bird.  And as is my nature, I brought it in and tried to get it warm.  Fed it some bread mashed up in water and waited for it to die.  But it didn't.  Before long, it was off to the pet store to see if I could find something that this little thing would eat.  We hand mixed the food and every two hours we fed it with an eye dropper.  It grew feathers.  It grew!
One day I was holding it in my hands, it sitting up on my fingers, and my Mister said, "Hi, Chuck".  The name stuck.  With the first egg that she layed, being the smart folks that we are, we discovered that Chuck was really a girl.  But the name stuck.
She became a part of the family.  She made trips with me over to my folks' place across the state, riding in her little cage.  Sadie was still alive then and loved Chuck.  And Chuck loved Sadie.  But Sadie loved Mister's shoes more. 
Today I went in to feed Chuck and she was curled up in the corner of her cage lifeless.  She lived six years longer than any of us thought she would.  She was a wonderful pet.  Sadie's been gone a year and a half.  Maybe Chuck has flown to heaven and is with Sadie now.



11 comments:

Coffeypot said...

I'm sorry you lost Chuck the chick. I had to put down my best bud a few weeks ago when my cat, Chaplin, got kidney cancer. I know our loss.

Icy BC said...

I kind of like the name Chuck! So sorry that she isn't with you anymore, but you still have those wonderful memories..

Stuff could always be worse said...

Wow, what a story about Chuck, wonderful that you rescued the bird!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

oh, what a sweet story. I'm sorry for your loss.

emily wierenga said...

oh, i'm sorry you lost chuck... but i love your beautiful heart.

Jessica said...

Those pictures broke my heart. I'm gonna miss ol' Chuck. She was quirky and never really liked me much, but I always liked knowing she was back there. I'm sorry you've lost your first bird baby.

Kelee Katillac said...

Ohhhhh. Chuck. How truly precious. I love doves.

Chuck was meant to be with you and lived longer than her kind. She loved you! And I know for sure she has flown into the light.

I am sorry and happy for you and for Chuck!

love, kelee katillac

Deb said...

Oh...how sad!!! I'm sorry for your loss...but you did so well taking care of Chuck!!

Annette said...

What a sweet story!

Not so Molly Mormon After-All said...

OH, I am so sorry! Thinking of you!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

I'm so sorry. It hurts so much to lose them ~ but they bring so much joy while they are with us.