About a week ago we got the news that Tracy Pearce’s (@vampirebloom (Tw)/(IG)) beautiful girl Trixie (@TrixieRedBum (Tw)) had flown Over the Rainbow Bridge. The online bird community gathered in support financially and emotionally. We present this slideshow in honor of Trixie, now watching over her mom from the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in peace, Trixie, always missed, forever loved.
Memories of Penne & Warden
In early 2017 a horrific fire took the life of a gentle, beautiful soul — Alice (aka “Warden”) — and her parrot Penne, who shed joy, happiness, silliness, and love on so many humans and parrots around the world. Alice was a kind, gentle woman with a heart and soul of gold. Alice’s companion bird, Penne, a Yellow-Naped Green Amazon, had a never-ending twinkle in his eye, an eye keen with an acute sense for mischief. We retain hope of finding Penne – #FindPenne, as there is no record of him succumbing to the fire.
Alice, whose handle on Twitter was Warden (@KillersWarden (Tw)), knit together a tight Twitter enclave, which now, further united in collective grief, grown ever more intimate, sharing dreams, love, struggles, grief, and triumphs. Alice posted innumerable comical tweets about Penne, like those in which Penne apparently stole her crochet hooks and wouldn’t give them back. Penne had his own account too (@KillerParrot (Tw)), and he’d banter back and forth with Warden and his followers with equal levels of impunity and hilarity. Penne had little patience for waiting – for food or attention, and he’d let Warden know!
Oh yes, Warden loved her tennis, especially a little known player by the name of RAFAEL NADAL (hee hee). A group of us would ‘watch’ matches together via Twitter, with some of us rooting for players who, let’s say, Warden wasn’t too crazy about. She’d remind us just how much better Nadal was. Based on this pic, you can understand just how devoted Warden and Penne were to their Spaniard
I know others of you, my friends, were closer to Penne and Warden than I, and I am so sorry for your loss. Having combed through Twitter and Facebook, I share these well-loved pictures in remembrance and celebration of a woman and parrot who gathered scattered individuals into uniquely close community in cyberspace.
The following are photos and clips posted with / under #FindPenne
Warden and Penne were always championing others. The following is from @paulineporter16 – note both Warden and Penne were busy Tweeters 🙂
As you look down upon us from heaven Alice, know that you remain forever much loved, that you are missed every single day, and that you will never be forgotten. Penne, wherever you are, come back to us; come back to Coco, he misses his best friend so, so much. Our hearts broke into innumerable pieces that fateful day last year. Time may have elapsed, but the grief and loss has not.
To see some videos taken of Penne, go to:
- Penne singing along with leaf blower – https://youtu.be/-Z3G7JOkBac
- Penne & burrito – https://youtu.be/ntFICUM4e24
- Penne climbing around breakfast tree – https://youtu.be/YTgG4wS9knU
Mordecaia aka Mort aka “Boo” of Ohio passed away February 22, 2013 from a spleen tumor. She was happy too the end, never showing any signs of illness. Mort rescued her parronts when she flew into their garage on 2006. She then proceeded to fly into a nearby tree, chase out the neighbor’s cat and fly to safety on the back screen door. Showing her spunky spirit, she clamped on to daddy’s hand when he went to get her safe. Her original owners were never found and she decided to adopt us as her new parronts.
Mort was named after 1908 World Series Cubs pitcher, Mordecai Brown. Her parronts originally named her Mordecai as well but several years later upon learning she was not a boy they added an ‘a’ to her name. She has many other nicknames including momma’s special one of Boo. She was a huge Cubs fan along with her flock. She loved water (washers and dishwashers as well as fountains and streams), loved watching TV and movies, especially those with explosions and cool sound effects, and the Simpsons. She loved to sing, wear her bell as a hat, bathe in her water dish, eating cucumber, climbing on her cage, playing the finger game, and a good sprig of millet. She loved her brother and couldn’t wait to meet him when he first came home. Her parronts always knew when it was time to uncover her as her dad would click and she would respond back. When she wanted to go to bed she would do a flip on her perch. She loved her Cubs and A’s MLB teams as well all green and yellow sports teams including the Packers, even though her parronts were Niners fans.
Mort is survived by her parronts, Heather and Doug and her brother Fergeson (Fergie, white-face cockatiel). Her brother Alex (budgie) joined her over the rainbow bridge on December 14, 2017. Knowing how much her flock would miss her Mort put the wheels in motion for her brother to be adopted. She purchased a cage for a bird in need that only a short time later needed to be rehomed and would become her brother.
Mordecaia was a brave girl who brought joy and happiness to her flock. She was a gateway bird opening her parronts to the fulfilling life of being owned by birds.
Alex P Keat (Momma spelled it as Keet) of Ohio passed away after a brave battle with a gizzard illness on December 14, 2017. He always had digestive issues but didn’t let it slow him down or keep him from enjoying life. A week after his sister Mort passed the vet called to mention a patient that needed a new home. A snow storm delayed the flock from going to meet Alex for a few days. After his brother Fergie (white-face cockatiel) gave his approval he was adopted by his forever family.
He was originally named Keet but his parronts renamed him to Alex P Keat after the Family Ties character Alex P Keaton. True to his namesake Alex loved money; he tweeted to financial talk on tv, and the cash register noise in the CNBC wait music while streaming. He also loved sports: baseball, football, basketball, tennis and to the surprise of his flock … curling. He claimed responsibility for the Cubs World Series win in 2016 and two Warriors championships. He often “worked” the games helping the flock’s teams win. He used to share the duty with his brother but after too many losses he took over everything.
He loved sci-fi, star wars being his favorite, action movies, cartoons such as Teen Titans, video games, movie scores, Irish music, and some Beach Boys. He tweeted with such zest that the parronts would have to turn the sound up “due to the Alex factor”. He had the habit of tweeting happily when his parronts were out of the room or when they were out of the house. He would stop immediately when they entered the room. He would always stop and play attention when his parronts talked to him. He would respond to his name and mimicked the intonation momma used to say his name even though the words were not discernible.
He loved vacuum cleaners, momma washing dishes, water noises (washer, dish washer, shower, bath tub), getting his brother’s attention, humprey (grape vine perch), skiing from his bells, crawling upside down on his cage, hanging from his toy and flapping his wings. Alex had special time out of the cage called reservations. He loved to fly up to the shower curtain rod or to the towel rack where he brother was sitting. He also loved to get a steam during parronts’ showers. If he wasn’t brought in he would yell until they came to get him. It didn’t matter how fun the activity he was doing was. He usually wanted to go to bed when momma did and would start to pace for bedtime when he heard her toothbrush. He loved to watch the outdoor birds at the Triple M feeder (memorial to sister) and would often bathe in his water dish and flap for them. He and momma had a special game involving feeding her pinky name and sitting on her finger when she put it through his cage bars.
He is survived by his parronts, Heather and Doug and his brother Fergeson (Fergie, white-face cockatiel). He was pre-deceased by his sister Mort who met up with him over the rainbow bridge.
Alex was a resilient, fun loving boy who is deeply missed by his brother and parronts.
by @buckeyecub (Heather)
Oliver Moorer, of Columbia, SC, passed away after a courageous battle with a spinal tumor on February 27, 2014. Oliver was found outside of his daddy’s workplace on June 24, 2010. Efforts to locate his original owner were unsuccessful, so he was adopted by his parronts as a baby runaway parakeet.
Oliver was named after Oliver Queen, the superhero on Arrow. He loved that television show, along with other superhero shows and movies. Oliver sang beautifully and often serenaded his family with his sweet songs. He liked all kinds of music, chasing his brother, playing with his toys, standing on the cabinets, hanging out with the flock, and Iron Man.
Oliver is survived by his parronts, Rick and Sherri Moorer; and his brother, Zacchaeus (Zack, a sun conure). His sister, Chloe (a sun conure) joined him over the rainbow bridge on December 2, 2017, following an accident.
Oliver was a joyful soul and a talented singer, he is greatly loved and missed.