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    Larry azflcowboy new member

    Hello I was asked to post a little info as i am new member.
    My service comforter is Moses a 4 year old Solomon Island Eclectus.
    I am a DAV from the Vietnam War.
    I just lost my service dog of 13 years to cancer and her buddy is Moses.
    Moses and my service dog have been very close since we brought Moses home as a baby 4 years ago.
    2 years ago Moses flew the coop (our home) i did not have his wings clipped and he ran away from home through an open door i did not close fast enough
    I think he just turned into a young Green Man looking for a red Ecky or at least a red chicken.
    He was gone over night and flew home the next day.
    The first thing he said when coming into the home was "Hi Duchy"
    We live in a rural area of north central florida so it was answer to prayers when he returned home and a MIRACLE
    Moses is going through 2 months now of mourning and grieving. Just this past week i think because of stress and anxiety he is drinking alot of water.
    Here is the post i recently posted:

    Hello, 2 months ago my Moses (Solomon Island Eclectus) lost his best friend to cancer Moses has been with my Duchess (retired k-9 german shepherd) since Moses was a baby. He has not been the same since October 13th,2023.

    I am hoping I can receive advice or suggestions as to how I can help Moses Grieve and Recover. I heard stories that sometimes birds can mourn for years after the loss of a loved one (human or other).

    He does not talk as much as he used to talk. He seems to wish to be alone rather than he usually likes to sit with my wife and I and watch TV.

    Years ago Moses would not go into his sleeping cage unless his buddy Duchess was in the same room. Since that time he has been sleeping in the same room with Duchess (until she passed away) This is also our very large master bedroom.

    Now Moses does not wish to go into the cage and is going to his sleeping cage later and later in the night. He used to go to me for what we call "sleeping time" between 8 pm and 8:30 pm. Now it is getting later and later. I would say about 8pm Moses want to go "sleeping time" and he would hop down and go on my hand and would go to his sleeping cage with no problem. Now he does not do this and prefers to go under the large TV wall unit . He often brings his favorite toy and the "red ball" that Duchess would play with and take it under the TV wall unit.

    My wife recently saw Moses feeding the "red ball" that belonged to my girl Duchess

    In closing anyone have advice or suggestion to help Moses during this mourning / grieving time?

    Thank you and God Bless

    Larry azflcowboy

    Hello and Thank you that is good advice
    However now a more serious problem has come up to our attention.
    I noticed the past week that Moses is drinking alot of water, actually i never saw him drink water, as he gets fresh fruit and vegetables every day which has moisture, he would take a sip of water with his afternoon and evening Tops Pellets.
    I contacted the avian vet Dr Hall and she stated he had a slight above normal in his liver blood tests and she feels he may be going into liver disease((
    I am bringing Moses to her office when she is available in the next 2 weeks and she will take another blood test and see what is happening.
    I did research it and liver disease namely fatty liver can be reversed with proper vet attention.
    So my my the kids keep us busy.
    thank you again God Bless
    Larry azflcowboy
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    Willy-Eclectus, Oliver-alexandrine, Mookie-Senegal, Bella- Australian King, Joey and Peewee- Barrabands, Peachiegirl-Peachfront conure, Pepper- crimson belly conure, Peanut-plum head, Babyblue-parrotlette, Harry and Louie-canaries.
    Thanks so much for the intro. It must have been scary to have Moses go awol. Thank goodness he was able to find his way home.

    Hopefully the vet is able to assess what is wrong and get him on the road to wellness. Willy, my eclectus, is really sensitive to pellets. He toe-taps and wing flips if given too many, so he gets a very limited amount for a mid-afternoon snack.

    Please keep us up to date with vet results. I would be interested in what she attributes the liver issues to.

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    Hi Larry, thank you for sharing Moses' story, and I'm really sorry to hear about the loss of Duchess. It's heartwarming to see the close bond between Moses and your retired K-9. Losing a companion of 13 years is undoubtedly tough for both Moses and you. I can imagine how challenging these past two months must have been. I'm so sorry to hear about Moses' recent health concerns, and it's wise of you to consult with Dr. Hall. It's a tough situation, but with proper vet attention, hopefully, Moses can find relief from the liver issue. Sending positive vibes your way, and hoping for Moses' speedy recovery and emotional healing. Take care, and God bless you and your feathered friend.

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