From Dan on the loss of his personal bird, McKey:
With great happiness comes great sadness. I am very sad that I have lost my best friend. My first macaw and my absolute right hand. Unquestionably, one of the best birds to have ever lived. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him knew just how special he was. Coming from a home where he was forgotten about and dismissed in the corning, and then coming into my home and showing me the ropes. Teaching me as I taught him, we learned together. He showed me understanding and patience and how to become the bird owner I am today.
Always with a kind and excited hello to anyone walking in and always quick to remind me that he was there and not to be forgotten during treat time. Every morning he was first out and got uninterrupted quiet time with Daddy. He would come over and run his beak across my face and hold my finger with his toes. A definite flirt who had an affection for every person he met, but especially women.
Although his life was much shorter than it should have ever been I know that while I had him the last several years of his life he did not want for anything. His necropsy revealed that he was destined for a short life due to defects in both his heart and kidneys. I will always miss him and he will always be remembered. It leaves you with an empty feeling. It makes you want to stop everything. I know McKey enjoyed new birds coming in and showing them the ropes.
In his memory, I will always continue to be a safe have for all exotic birds in need. I will miss you Mic. I will see you at the bridge.
September 16, 1999-February 3, 2014