Following a serious car accident – someone gave me a 6 month old cockatiel who needed a new home as much as I needed a companion. In the past, I had cats and dogs in my life.Now alone and recovering from my injuries – Gabby, a pet bird was the perfect companion for me.
I learned how important an avian veterinarian was when Gabby got a wood sliver from a toy imbedded in his mouth. The regular veterinarian told me “Just keep on eye on him for a couple of days.” NO WAY!
I had heard of Dr. Julie Burge at a Bird Club Meeting and immediately went to her. She knew how serious this was. She saved Gabby’s life!
After 8 years of people telling me I needed more than one bird – I knew I wanted to adopt a rescue companion for Gabby someday.
On a regular wing and nail trim visit – Bird Nurse Julie declared a new rescue was perfect for Gabby and me! She opened the cage door to introduce me to this most adorable happy cockatiel -singing for joy, he run across the cage to her, and immediately put his head down for her to rub his neck! (Gabby never let me mess with his feathers!)
This poor bird had been found by someone flying outside, on untrimmed wings and a broken leg! Yet here he was so happy and singing ---with a little cast on his broken leg. Somehow he knew he was the luckiest bird in the world because someone had brought him to Burges Bird Rescue.
Five years later, Skippy is still a happy, singing little guy. He loves to travel and is an instant friend to everyone he meets. For unknown reasons, Skippy has a special affinity for UPS Delivery Drivers. Unprompted he reserves his biggest “wolf” whistle for greeting “Brown” and making his day. I like to think there’s one happier truck driver out on the roads on those days!
Skippy and Gabby share a life and cage with a true love/hate sibling rivalry as if born to it. They have totally different personalities but we are a happy family.
There’s no place like Burge Bird Rescue! No one would have taken in, treated and given a little bird with a broken leg a chance to live. No one but Dr. Burge, Nurse Julie and the staff would have given Skippy a chance to bless my life and the world every day.