I had to put my dog down last week and still trying to cope with the loss. I am just realizing now that my daily routine was always a combinination of dealing with Dragon and Sebastian (u2). They have been buddies for close to 15 years. Now it's just the two of us and I'm finding it hard to interact. God does this even make sense!? Sounds Crazy. Anyway, I am trying to establish a new routine for just us. I can't even consider getting another dog. Dragon was raised with her, so they were very used to each other. I work during the day and noticed after two days with the dog gone, that the bird was acting quiet. I started leaving music on while I'm gone and giving her more attention. I don't want to be creating a behavioral problem down the road. Any of you just have one Too? Can you give me any suggestions? I'm still reeling from the loss. It will be a week tomorrow. Thanks.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure that Sebastian is also grieving right now and that's what is causing the quiet behavior. It going to take you both awhile to come to grips with the loss of your loved one. I have only the one bird, Cassie. Over the years we've developed what works for us for her routine. I've tried to keep some of it a little fluid so she will readily except changes to it. In the mornings she stays covered until 8 or 9 with light blocking drapes. Either my husband or I get her up and we have a peanut butter sandwich with her. She sits on our laps to eat this. If we are home for the day she will go back in to her cage to eat her veggies coming out an hour later. Her cage door is kept open when we are home. If we are going out we turn on her TV to a music station. Her cage is loaded with shreddable toys, puzzles and foraging activities. The evenings are family time. We all sit at the kitchen table for dinner. Cassie has a small cage that can be pulled up to the table for dinner. We are such a lively bunch that after dinner we go to the living room and watch TV. Cassie has a boing that she will play on or she goes back and forth between us for preening and playing. Bed time is between 8 and 9. Three days a week Cassie goes to work with me. We also take her shopping with us to Lowe's and assorted other outings when able.
Thank you both. I do believe Sebastian may be grieving like I am. Wow I wish I could take her to work with me. That is pretty neat. I have never taken her out to the stores. She gets very skiddish around new people. I do the peanut butter sandwich and she loves toast and eggs on the weekends when I don't have to work and have time to make breakfast. This last weekend I couldn't even think to make breakfast, much less eat it. I think it's like you said, it's going to take time. Thanks for listening.
Cassie used to get very skiddish around new people too. By going to the stores and constantly reinforcing her with praise and telling her it's ok she now does much better with new people. Lowe's and Home Depot allow animals into the stores.
Interesting. That's something for me to think about. Right now I do not have her wings clipped. I kept her flighted so she could get away from the dog if need be. She also likes to fly down from my second story to the couch. I think she is enjoying the additional attention. I'm also thinking of trying clicker training with her.it was hard to do with the dog around. We'll see.
Oh okay. I have brought Sebastian in the store in her carrier before. Funny story. I used to take her to have her nails clipped and one day she got loose and bit the guy trimming her and flew across the store. Fortunately it wasn't a huge store, but we were told we couldn't come back unless her wings were clipped too, LOL. That was a few years ago. Now I have a mobile bird groomer that comes to the house.