Is there ever a point..
Posted 08 August 2008 - 06:01 AM
Posted 08 August 2008 - 06:22 AM
2 Finches - Pip & Squeak who's pictures I can't find:blushing:
Posted 08 August 2008 - 06:23 AM
Not for me either. I worry every time I leave the house, when I uncover them in the morning....pretty much when I'm not here. I have tiels though and they have night frights often and broken blood feathers so I'm always worried I somehow slept through a night fright and they got hurt. I've always been a paranoid person though.
Its comforing to know I am not the only one.
Posted 08 August 2008 - 06:38 AM
Posted 08 August 2008 - 07:23 AM
If it makes you feel better, I live 5 mins away from work. I take my 1 hour lunchbreak and break it down into three short breaks. I run home, check on everybody... fill my tea glass and go back to work. Hows that for paranoid?
I read your other post (and cried like a baby) and I think you have every right to be paranoid. It's the little things that we don't think are going to happen that worry me the most.
I work from home and thankfully all the really bad things (seriously, my birds break blood feathers almost weekly:doh:) have happened when I was home. I worry like crazy when I'm gone for a few hours though. They are all in my room and I have to sleep with the TV on since I have 3 that have night frights which then freaks everyone else out. I'm looking to move somewhere where they can have their own room but I don't know how I will be able to handle that. My boyfriend thought I was nuts when I told him we would need a baby monitor in case they have a "nightmare". (hard to explain night frights to non-bird people)
2 Finches - Pip & Squeak who's pictures I can't find:blushing:
Posted 08 August 2008 - 07:46 AM
Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:56 AM
I think when you stop worrying there is a problem! same and our featherless kids. I worry about them all the time!
"Humans are the only animals that are mean on purpose"
Teal- Blue and Gold Macaw
Ellie - Mollucan/umbrella cockatoo hybrid
Posted 08 August 2008 - 02:43 PM
Wawa - Black Capped, Pepper - Cherry Head (missing:sniff:), Nacho - Blue Headed Pionus, Poppy - Congo African Grey, Cooter - Catahoula Dog,
Andre - Daddy, Hollyhawk - Mama
Still hoping Terra's Rocky and our Pepper come home!
Posted 08 August 2008 - 02:56 PM
I have 5 cats and 6 birds.....love them all, try my best to do the best for each of them, spend crazy amounts of money to keep them in the best of health and when meds don't work, I do homeopathic meds. I keep an eye out for any changes in health, any odd behaviour, anything out of the ordinary. I thank God for my diligence or else I wouldn't have caught the odd behaviour of my cat, Taboo, a few weeks back. Turned out he was blocked and couldn't pee and had to be rushed to the emerg. clinic. I cried myself sick for months when my cat Theo disappeared a few years back....I believe he was killed by a coyote ( who knew these things roamed suburbia) and I spent several days and lots of money to make sure none of the others would EVER get out of the backyard again( it is built like a veritable fortress now and they can't get over nor under the fence.)
BUT!!!.....We could give ourselves ulcers worrying. Really. There are things that are out of our control. Life is often unpredictable and unfair and even though we all have that DREADED itsy bitsy worry when we check on them in morning ( are they at the bottom of the cage?) , it really can make you sick and/or paranoid if you don't kind of keep a bit of perspective on what you can and cannot control.
I often thank God that I don't have nor do I want kids. I think I'd be a nervous wreck every waking minute of the day. I think that as long as you know that you are doing your best for your animals and yet still enjoying your own life, that is probably a good balance. I know people who NEVER take vacations because they are scared to leave their animals in another's care. Although I worry about my babies when I'm away and miss them a lot, as hard as it is, sometimes my fulfillment means getting away from my animal companions. ( for the sake of marriage, it's imperative.) Obviously, I don't travel AS much as I probably would without them around, but that is certainly a sacrifice I'm willing to make. They mean more to me....
So....do we ever stop worrying? Nope. Loving something as much as we love our animals means that we worry when something is wrong...but I don't think we do them nor ourselves any good by worrying about things that may or may not happen to them, diseases they may or may not get.
Just LOVE THEM, Take care of them and don't worry if you can't make it home for that one extra hour....the only one who probably cares is you....your bird will survive quite happily.
Posted 08 August 2008 - 04:10 PM
1 No caffiene
2 Daily exercise
3 Reflection on all I have to be grateful for
When all else fails I watch a disaster movie and remind my self things could be worse.
Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:01 PM
Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:41 PM
I was wondering for anyone else too, If there was ever a point where you stop worrying about things that could happen to your parrot? Like I read this thing where they took their parrot to have nails clipped and while they had her in the towel she died, so now I'm afraid to take him to the vet even though he keeps his nails trimed hisself. But I constantly worry about things that might happen to him and I absolutley don't know what I would do if I lost him because I dont have kids so he is my child. I was just wondering if it ever goes away or not because I read things that can happen to birds and I dont know what I would do if anything happened.
Welcome to parenthood! You'll always worry! Don't fret it, if you didn't worry, you wouldn't care. Look on the bright side here... You can lock your bird up when you're gone from the house and the bird just eats or plays with toys until you come home, where it's happy to see you! Lock your human kid up, so the kid doesn't sneak out and meet up with its 18 year old deliquent school-drop-out boyfriend and child services comes and finds you.
Taking a posting break! On Hiatus! If you need me directly for help or questions, email! Have fun guys!
Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:52 PM
I treat them like my kids and I have family members who can't understand why I love them so much. I love them so much because they make me so happy with their wagging butts (scarlet) their constant head butts (cats) and their tweets of "glad you're home, FEED ME WOMAN" from Scarley. Even the little progress with Ringo makes me happy. I worry more so about him. What am I doing wrong, why is he afraid of me and not my roommate.
But being a parent to anything, human kid or a fid, we will WORRY w/o even realizing it. A part of human nature.
Not pictured CAG Maggie, two poms Cricket & Lucy, CockerSpanial Sammy, Maltese Jazmine & 2 annoying cats Pugs & Beasly
Posted 10 August 2008 - 02:03 PM
When I'm at work I think about my fids and how I can't wait to see them. When I travel I'm thankfull I can board them at a place like Parrots of the World (where they were hatched). A place they know and a person who's been caring for birds his whole life. When I come back I'm less stressed, happier, my batteries are re-charged so to speak and I'm sure my fids notice and share my happiness. Although I do get a bit anxious and I miss them when when I'm away. Mostly because it's a time when their safety is not in my control.
Anyway, if you have good observation skills (which can't be learned IMO), common sense to take precautions (also God given), and knowledge of proper care of your species then I don't see what the worrying is about. Unless, of course, youre being made paraniod by the "inexperienced internet experts" out there who, based on all the things they've "heard" are all to happy to tell you that what your doing is going to have disastrous results for you and your bird.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 02:56 PM
Posted 13 August 2008 - 09:11 PM
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(Also Cockatiels: Cooper, Luke, GingerAle, Ash, Rio, Roxie)
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:19 PM
The first time that I left my birds in someone else's care when my husband and I were going out of town for 4 days, I nearly worried myself sick. Literally. I love my birds with all my heart, but I've learned that they can be well cared for by someone else other than me - which, in the event that something God forbid happens to me, they can be ok. My animals are my life but they aren't my children (and I don't want any kids), they are their own independent species that greatly differs from my species. I have utter respect for them and am amazed that they choose to include me as a member of their flock.
My husband told me something that still rings in my head - it was in reference to our dogs and back to the idea that they feed off of our emotions. When we first brought our rescue dog home the first several weeks were a struggle because the rescue was trying to dominate our other dog. They got into an argument over bones and the rescue bit our other dog - scared the living daylights out of us. Made us truly reassess how we handled things and how to get past that. I was on pins and needles the rest of that day and next few days and watching the rescue like a hawk - and getting worked up over every little thing. My husband told me, "you can't be constantly worked up and looking for something to happen - yes we need to be vigilant but if we expect them to display a certain behavior (in my case, I was pretty much anticipating another bite) then they WILL display it." And he was totally right. When I calmed down, so did they, and we've all moved on and grown together in a more positive manner.
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