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 Our Beloved Pij

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AZWhitefeather
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PostSubject: Our Beloved Pij   Our Beloved Pij Icon_minitimeFri Jan 16, 2009 4:40 pm

On April 29, 2004, Pij & I met, thus initiating what would turn out to be a wonderful relationship. He was a beautiful fancy pigeon who, back in Dec., 2003, was found 'tumbling' about in someone's front yard.

Pij's rescuer telephoned me explaining that she has acquired a tumbler pigeon. In addition to his 'tumbling' skills she was quite taken in by his 'other trick', holding his head upside down for long periods of time while staring at the doves above him that he was housed with. As this was not characteristic of a pigeon, I suggested perhaps she had a fancy pigeon with possible neurological problems rather than a 'tumbler' pigeon. Moreover, she might have a pigeon who was possibly suffering from Paramyxovirus, more commonly referred to as PMV. This virus affects a pigeons central nervous system. I suggested she contact her avian vet to get his/her opinion of the situation.

Reluctant to keep Pij after speaking with her vet, she asked if I would be interested in taking him. Without hesitation, I accepted her offer.

When Pij arrived at our house, he was experiencing nearly nonstop seizures, which his rescuer defined as tumbling. His head was upside down 99% of the time, he didn't utter a peep & would stand, endlessly, in one spot unless he was in the midst of a seizure. When I would hear him begin to thrash about, I would quickly pick him up, place him against my chest & stroke his back. He would soon relax.

Pij & I promptly visited a vet who also specialized in avian medicine. The vet suggested starting him on a course of Prednisone, which is a steroid, as whatever was going on may have been irritated by inflammation around his brain.

After the first week on Prednisone, his seizures began to subside. Within a month of being on Prednisone, his head was right side up more than upside down. After nearly two months of being on Prednisone Pij's symptoms had resolved.

He Gradually began to coo. He would hop on my hand, however would not fly. He so enjoyed playing our special game of 'hand tag'.

As Pij grew more confident, he would make small flights around the AZ room while I was cleaning. He loved to watch the ferals mingling about in the yard and had a great time flying with his feathered friends in the aviary. As his wonderful personality blossomed, so did his devotion toward Rae Charles, our adorable blind pigeon, whom we adopted a two months after Pij came to live with us. He was constantly entertaining us all with his wonderful antics and 'coo-waka-wakas'.

Sadly, Pij passed away in my arms on the morning of February 11, 2006. He was laid to rest next to our beloved Whitefeather.

"Thank you, sweet Pij, for building such a beautiful nest, filling it with all our treasured memories and placing it ever so carefully in my heart. I visit there often."


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PostSubject: Re: Our Beloved Pij   Our Beloved Pij Icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2009 7:54 am


I thought I would share a few photos of our beloved Pij.
His determination to overcome his illness was incredible.


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PostSubject: Re: Our Beloved Pij   Our Beloved Pij Icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2009 2:48 pm

Bless him! He was so beautiful and he had a full and happy life with you. This forum is a wonderful memorial to him.

Cynthia
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PostSubject: Re: Our Beloved Pij   Our Beloved Pij Icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2009 4:07 pm

Cynthia wrote:

Bless him!
* He was so beautiful and he had a full and happy life with you.

** This forum is a wonderful memorial to him.

Cynthia
* He was definitely a true treasure and brought such a ray of sunshine into our lives.
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. Every time I walk into the aviary I can see him entertaining Rae Charles.

** Thank you.

Cindy

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PostSubject: Re: Our Beloved Pij   Our Beloved Pij Icon_minitimeWed Jul 29, 2009 12:47 am

Pij really is an angel. Felt very touched when i read about him. I am sure he is watching over all of you and is as happy as ever. God bless.

-- Devanand
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PostSubject: Re: Our Beloved Pij   Our Beloved Pij Icon_minitimeWed Jul 29, 2009 7:01 am

Thank you, Devanand.

Cindy

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PostSubject: Re: Our Beloved Pij   Our Beloved Pij Icon_minitimeTue Aug 25, 2009 12:29 pm

Cindy,

Your bittersweet tribute to dear little Pij is very moving. It is very sad to have to say goodbye to a special member of the family, but I'm sure that where he is now he must be very proud that his pretty face and his memory will forever grace and inspire this forum.
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