Buddy Yinger, a Cherryhead Conure, fought for several months to overcome a severe infection that became resistant to most antibiotics. Throughout his ordeal of blood tests and injections, he turned to his owner, Erica, for comfort. He passed away on November 6, 2002, on the day when a new drug had just arrived that we hoped would finally help him.
Phoebe Arnold, a chicken, survived a bout of pneumonia in 1999, requiring IV fluids and several injections. She passed away February 27, 2003, after an infection that started in her neck spread throughout her body and failed to respond to medications. She was a gentle creature that never fought our attempts to help her.
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of it's many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valley with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!
You have been seen, and when you and your special frind meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.
...Grieve not, Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you...I loved you so --'twas Heaven here with you.
-Isla Paschal Richardson
Motley Davis was a Nanday Conure that developed fluid in his abdomen that had to be drained repeatedly for 3 years. Despite many tests, we could never determine what caused his problem. He was very brave during his treatments, as if he knew we were trying to help him. When his kidneys failed, it was finally time for him to go, and he left his owner Lesa on March 30, 2003.
Venus Prescott, a Congo African Grey Parrot, was less than four months old when a tiny bump appeared on her face below her eye. After seeing that it was growing larger, we did surgery to remove it, but the tissue extended into the muscles and could not be completely removed. The pathologist diagnosed malignant melanoma, an extremely aggressive cancer that rarely responds to treatment. Her owner Pam had to let Venus go on August 5, 2002, when she was only eight months old.
Sammy McKittrick was a tough little cockatiel. Despite a chronic eye infection, arthritis, a couple of accidents, and epileptic seizures, she still had spirit. She tolerated receiving multiple medications for her various ailments, but she finally succumbed to a seizure or stroke, and after almost 13 years, her companion Laura lost her on June 18, 2003.
Poor little PeeWee Hinkle had been sick repeatedly for almost a year, with multiple medications which would help only briefly, and repeated blood tests that didn't reveal the source of his illness. His Mom learned to give him antibiotic injections three times a day so he wouldn't have to stay in the hospital. He finally succumbed to kidney failure on July 6, 2003.
Chiquita Marshall developed weakness in one foot, which is worrisome in older parakeets since it can be caused by a tumor in the abdomen putting pressure on the nerves. Tests revealed that she had a mass, and that her kidneys were failing. During exploratory surgery it was found that she had inoperable cancer, so she was allowed to leave our world without pain on August 19, 2003.
Burge Bird Services
Julie Burge, DVM
13833 S. 71 Hwy
Grandview, MO 64030
Emily Brown entered the world in the spring of 1998, and had several surgeries for uterine prolapse in 2003. She suffered uncontrollable seizures following a probable stroke, and was sent to the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2004. Her owner Sandra said "I WILL MISS OUR DAILY GAMES, HER WONDERFUL PRESENTS , HER SONG, AND ALL THE LOVE WE SHARED FOREVER!!!!!"
I THOUGHT OF YOU WITH LOVE TODAY
I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too
I think of you in silence. I often speak your name
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame
Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part
God has you in his keeping. I have you in my heart.
Over the years, we have had many beloved friends, both avian and human, who have left our presence. Please know that they are no less loved or missed just because their stories and pictures are not shown on this page. In some cases we do not have a picture to share, or in the process of trying to help other birds, we get too busy to write about those that have died. Our memories of them, however, will never die. Any of our clients who would like to share the story of their pet on this page are welcome to write to us at BurgeBirdServices@yahoo.com.
Casper Berry passed thru several homes before he finally ended up with his forever family, Denise and Delores. Tragically, he developed neurologic symptoms due to Proventricular Dilatation Disease, for which there is no test or treatment. He may be gone from this earth, but will never be gone from our hearts.
Tealy Johnson was one of our baby Green Cheek Conures. She was only two and a half years old when she suddenly lost the circulation in one foot, and then passed away. It is difficult to lose a bird so young and full of life. She will be missed by her owner and friend Lauren and her Nanday friend Digger.
HOPE IS A THING WITH FEATHERS THAT PERCHES ON THE SOUL AND SINGS TO THE TUNE WITHOUT WORDS - AND NEVER STOPS AT ALL. I HOPE FOR THE DAY THAT I SEE YOU AGAIN AT RAINBOW BRIDGE. WHERE WE WILL NEVER BE PARTED AGAIN.
Peachesnaytoot, beloved friend of Sandy Brown.
Paradise the Quaker only lived to be about 10 years old instead of the 20 to 30 years expected. Although he was sick repeatedly during his last couple of years, he never lost his spunky attitude. He will never be forgotten by his friend, Candy Breedlove, and will be waiting for her at the Rainbow Bridge to be her little buddy again.
Cali Gronniger passed away quite suddenly in 2010, leaving a hole in her mom's heart. The feisty little sun conure suffered from seizures but that never slowed her down. Her mom says "this is a typical Cali pose -- puff up and glare at the camera!"
The Peterson family has lost two little friends and said: Tweety Birdette Peterson, the yellow female budgie, died from a possible tumor after having to use only one foot for about 6 months. She was very brave. She was our mom's pet bird, and blue budgie Skipper's first bird friend.
PollyAnna Peterson was a beautiful yellow and green budgie who died in 2009. She was Skipper's soulmate. We think Skipper and PollyAnna were pregnant when she died and that died of egg binding. She was a wonderful friend to Skipper, and the closest to a people-bird we've had, except for Skipper. Both sweet girls are missed and prayed about each night.