Roxy Girl at 6 months
In loving memory of my Roxy Girl
Daddy's little angel who always had her wings!!!!
Roxy came into my life several years ago. She was only 6 months old and love at first sight. A beautiful baby Moluccan Cockatoo. A species known by many as a "love sponge" and known by others to be "air raid sirens" (screamers). I have several other large birds that I love. Roxy Girl fit right in and soon became the spokesbird for my home's Cockatoo Mafia. The group of five who would pick on and protect themselves from the larger Macaws. Roxy Girl was a very energetic and curious bird. She was always willing to take a stroll into another room to put her beak print into anything that couldn't resist her power. Many things still remain in the house that have her "autograph" I remember how loud I would yell when I saw the damage. She would just stand there so innocent and proceed to start screaming at me like it was my fault. In her absence I smile an remember those days; like it was yesterday. Wish I could go back to yesterday, just for the day, even an hour just to touch her beautiful feathers and rub her head for a while.
When I said a Moluccan Cockatoo was a "love sponge" they seriously absorb love. Roxy Girl absorbed it all and unlike many other types of pets, Roxy Girl would tell you
"I LOVE YOU"
every time you saw her!!
Then she would start screaming again!!!! UNTIL I started to rub her head. This bird demanded attention and tons of it. I will always cherish the sunsets at the Beach with Roxy Girl on my left arm with my right hand rubbing her head. She was needy for sure!!!! But I was glad to give her the attention she so deserved.
Roxy left my world tragically and suddenly. The only thing that I am truly grateful for in this tragedy is that she died in my arms. I got to tell her that I loved her hundreds of times, I got to keep her warm, I got to say goodbye. I am grateful she did not die alone. That day she took a part of my soul with her. The days have gotten a little easier but I still think about her every day. I still have tears every time I do think about her.
Since most Cockatoos live 60- 70 years, her 4 short years were a shock to me. I have lost a few pets over the years but none who have affected me this way. As two months has already passed, I sit here with tears in my eyes thinking of her, typing this tribute. I sure do hope the" Rainbow Bridge Poem" is true so when I cross that bridge, she will fly to me and can rub her head forever. ROXY GIRL, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU FOREVER......"BABY CHICKEN!"