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  1. Hope

    Beautiful testimony to CJ. Blessings on him and you for the love you shared and that you continue to send each other.

  2. Ian

    Dear Susan, I’m sorry for your loss. Sounds like he had a great home with your flock.

  3. Kt

    My condolences, Susan. CJ sounds like quite a character and, after 20 years of living with you, I know you miss him dearly

  4. Strachan Pindar

    What a beautiful tribute to your beloved CJ. What a charmer he was! My heart is with you. So very sorry for your loss.

  5. soozyb2013

    Aww what a lovely write up for CJ. I have had two Cockatiels in my life, “Woody” and “Rocky”, both were great friends of mine. They would strut around the house and I got Woody to sing the Oscar Mayer wiener song 🙂
    CJ made it till 20, wow, good on you Susan. His long and happy life is a great reflection on his guardian 🙂 Sorry that you were not there tho’ but he knows. Hugs from Victoria, BC

  6. Debbie Binder

    Even 20 years is not long enough, is it. Beautiful story, thank you for sharing. I am glad it was quick for CJ and that your daughter didn’t see him suffer

  7. Cathy Tucker

    Susan, I am truly sorry to learn of your loss of CJ. I had a smooth Collie named Cracker Jack as well so I can relate.
    I am sure that CJ didn’t want you there when he went to the bridge. He knew you so well that he knew how hard it would be on both of you. I have always said that my furkids were borrowed angels. They could only stay with us until they were called because they were borrowed by us. Just know that CJ is well cared for once again by another who needed his love and his antics. You and he will be in my prayers. Thank you for having a heart big enough to help all of us.

  8. Brenda Rion

    I’m sorry that it was time for CJ to join your other departed friends but am glad he did let you know he had arrived just fine. Cockatiels do have a way of working themselves into our hearts. Hugs.

  9. Wanda

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your baby and friend.Cj

  10. Charles Maglaughlin

    I love my kids. I have fed 19 feral cats twice a day,(for 7 years) and have 2 talking parrots. I’m appalled by what I’ve learned about what is allowed and more often than not is put in dog and cat food.(dead dogs, cats, chickens with cancer and tumors, and cows with maggots.) I cook chicken in my slow cooker for my cats…no bones, skin or ugly stuff. I believe in TNR-Trap, neuter, release. All expense is out of my own pocket…$300 a month. My cockatoo, whom I’ve had for 30 years, during a late night cupboard search for something to eat, cried out, “What are you doing, good boy”? I replied, “I’m getting something to eat, do you want some”? There was a pause, and she moaned, “Let’s go to sleep, OK”?!

  11. Shirley

    20. years is a good life time for a cockatiel. I lost my first one, a grey hen at the age of 18, and I cried and cried. She is buried in a special place in my back yard, near the trees. My second one is now approaching 23! I feed her Harrisons’ organic bird food. What would you recommend feeding these birds?. My bird also loves cooked Quinoa, carrots, and cabbage.
    They are certainly good buddies. They practically live on your shoulders, eat, drink, nap. Perfect pet for some people, but not all Too many irresponsible people.

  12. Edie Chase

    I’m sorry for your loss. Birds have so much personality. Sending comforting thoughts to you and your family.

  13. Nora

    So sorry to hear about your beautiful little feathered friend. I’m sure you’ll hear his screaming at the rainbow bridge. Nora

  14. Janet B

    I’m sorry to learn of the loss of CJ. It sounds like he was a special little bird.

  15. Barbara McLaughlin

    I second the comments already made to you. I am shedding a few tears at your loss. We animal lovers all know how painful it is to lose our babies. You were lucky and so was CJ. My condolences.

  16. Batzion

    What a magnificent assistant you were in your efforts to help Susan protect the animals, CJ! You had a stellar career, but most importantly, you were a loyal and stedfast member of your flock. It saddens me to learn that you took to your wings, but it is comforting to know that you are free from all earthly encumbrances at the Rainbow Bridge. We miss you even though we didn’t know you. Rest in peace, little CJ. Sending you and your family a hug, Susan.

  17. Mary Sue

    So sorry. What a character.

  18. Becky Rao

    so very sorry for your loss. RIP CJ

  19. Desiree

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of CJ ♥

  20. Diane

    20 years! —how do you ever get over a loss like that? CJ had a great life with a great “mom”… I guess that knowledge is the only antidote for the pain. Best wishes to you, Susan.


  21. Charis

    The only bad day with our pets is the day they leave us. Rest In Peace CJ.

  22. Cathy McCarron

    I’m sorry for your loss. I heard my husband’s voice when he passed. I’ve also lost two ‘tiels and miss their vocals. You didn’t imagine it. Thank you for all you do

  23. anne

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your companion C.J. He will live on forever in your heart and the memories of what made him so special.

  24. landsharkinnc

    Blessings and Bright Lights to Guide and Comfort each of you during this Time of Transition©

  25. Jane

    What a guy! It sounds like he had some strong opinions about AAFCO!
    I’m so sorry for your loss, Susan – even the little ones leave big spaces when they’re gone.

  26. Helen Seppala

    Oh, Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your CJ! He sure picked the right family for himself! RIP, little birdie buddy.

  27. Susan

    Heartfelt support and condolences to you and your family for the loss of CJ. Your story conveys his spirit and friendship so beautifully.. what a great bird friend! May his spirit soar, and his legacy inspire and light the way.

  28. Chris

    Rest in Peace, CJ. He looks quite handsome in the May picture.

  29. T Allen

    Susan, I’m so sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing a little of CJ’s story with us. With you taking such good care of him for the last 20 years, I know he’ll be waiting for you over the Rainbow Bridge! RIP little bird!

  30. Marguerite M. Bauer

    I’m sorry about CJ. I, too, am owned by birds. It is believed that the distance between life and death for birds is very short, and I am certain you did hear CJ in your hotel room. I still feel the presence of one of my birds that passed several years ago. 20 years is a good long life for a tiel — you are to be congratulated.

  31. Alida Margolin

    Sincere condolences, Susan… And thank you, CJ, for your help, past and future!

  32. Linda Kelly

    I loved reading your testimony to CJ so very sweet and heart-felt; made tears come to me; so wonderful are the animals that care for us and we to them.

  33. Sally Roberts

    So sorry for your loss- I also have had birds during my life and yes they leave a hole in your heart too when it is time to say good-bye

  34. Rachel Setola

    I’m so sorry CJ has gone on. What a blessing he went so quickly. You wrote a beautiful tribute to him.

  35. Patricia Podboy

    Godspeed CJ! Peace & love to you and your family, Susan.

  36. Karen

    Awww. I know that is hard when you are at home a lot and they are with you. We had a dog that was that way and after a year, I am still lonely at home. I had not realized how much of a companion he was to me as when we got him, we had several others who were more primary to me. However, your story about CJ reminds me of Harry. You will always miss him I think, but you will see him again one day. I am sure of it. 🙂

  37. Peg

    What a wonderful tribute to CH, Susan.
    Condolences to you and you family.
    How fortunate you were to have crossed paths

    CH, fly with the angels in Heaven
    I’m sure to hear you singing❤️

  38. Amy Tefft

    Condolences on the loss of your companion birdie, CJ. The bigger the personality, the bigger the void. 💓

  39. Gloria

    Dear Susan and family,
    I am truly sorry about the loss of your dear little feathered friend. I understand your grief, having lost my sweet parakeet, Billy, when I was 16 years old. I was so upset that I had to stay home from school that day and I still think of her, with her cute talk, how she liked to play with and tease our lizards (anoles) throw toast off the table, eat from my plate at dinnertime, and like yours, punch holes in papers. May your little buddy rest in peace and may God comfort you in your loss.

  40. Jackie Earnshaw, CPDT-KA

    Condolences. They’re never here long enough.

  41. Stephen Abarno

    Susan, Sorry to hear about your bird,they are family !!!

  42. Faith Jones

    So very sorry that you lost your little helper and Buddy! I know memories of his antics will remain in your heart!❤️

  43. Merry

    Bless you and your family through the mourning of wonderful CJ! What a great life he certainly had!

  44. Sandra Short

    Such a heartfelt, wonderful tribute to CJ! We love all of our fur & feather babies. I once had a cockatiel named Samson- they are quite characters! Thank you for sharing with us, Susan.

  45. Teresa Johnson

    For many years we in the Hedgehog community shared a sentiment, origin unknown but possibly from a Native American tradition :
    Do not mourn because it is over, rather rejoice that it was.
    Fly sweet CJ and find your new journey at the Rainbow Bridge. Knew that in the fullness of time those you live and who love you will meet again, and remember and love.

  46. Sonja Saavedra

    What a wonderful tribute to CJ and the love and wonderful life you shared. Thank you for all you do.

  47. Gary Hollis

    Susan, so sorry for your loss. My heart is full of sadness for you and your family. Losing a family member is the hardest thing. I know you will see C.J. again one day! Peace be with you and your family..

  48. Leslie Kuhn

    I am so sorry for your loss , CJ sounds like an amazing flock member .

  49. Karina Huising

    Such beautiful words to describe CJ and his life with you; I’ m so sorry for his passing. He certainly was well-loved and loving of you and your family.

  50. Terri Christenson Janson

    So sorry Susan. I’ve had a couple of Cockatiels and they are such fun. CJ sounds like he was as well. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  51. Claire

    Beautiful loving memories….my wish for you. xo

  52. Maxine Schmidt

    I know he is and will be missed. Sorry about his passing.

  53. Janice

    “I am not there, I did not die; Do not stand by my ashes and cry. I am the soft stars that shine at night; Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the swift uplifting rush, when you awaken in the morning hush . . .” God bless you and your family. (Excerpt from an American Indian prayer)

  54. Andi

    So very sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful little guy.

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  56. pamroussell

    So very sorry Susan! It’s heartbreaking to lose a pet. Now he is flying high and free again!

  57. E.S.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  58. Rebecca Scheer

    Dear Susan, I have been rereading many of your emails and discovered I had missed this one. What a touching tribute to your “feathered” family member. So glad CJ belonged to you and your family. I’m sure he had a great life and all were blessed by him as well!

  59. Alice Sievert

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a sweet tribute to CJ.

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