Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Category Archives: Dalai

Remembering my boys… on paper

Sometime ago, in 2015, I got a photo book printed with photos of my dearly departed girls, Atilla & Raspy (click here to see that post).  At the time I had plans to do one for Thomas but as time went on, Cagney, Phineas, Bezukhov & Dalai were added to the list.

Finally, I got back to this project & recently got books printed for Thomas, Phineas, Cagney & Bezukhov.  Thomas & Phineas share a book.  Though they were arch rivals in the flirt-fest for Cagney, they successfully shared a cage & looking back at the photos, it was obvious they were good friends.

Naturally, best mates & brothers from different mothers, Cagney & Bezukhov shared a book also.

 

Dalai is still on the list – he may well have a book all to himself that I think he would be pleased with.

 

Remembering Dalai on his adoption day

On this day, 6 years ago, Dalai came into our home.  He was such a vibrant & resilient character!

Here is a video of him on the window perch:

Always in our thoughts & still missed.

 

Bye, Bye, Dustbuster

The day had to come.  It could not be avoided.  My trusty & loyal handheld vacuum cleaner stopped working.

Dustbuster

 

For those in bird-keeping circles, you will know the importance of having a handy & quick way of hoovering up seed, husks, feathers, poop & dander!  Not to mention remains of chewing sessions on various materials.

So, bye-bye to my dustbuster that I purchased in 2011.  It had faithfully cleaned up after all birds on this blog: Atilla, Raspy, Cagney, Bezukhov, Phineas, Thomas, Dalai, Perry, Lennie & Moriarty.

 

It has already been replaced by a newer model that I hope will also give many years of service.

 

Remembering Dalai: Two years on

On this day two years ago, our friend Dalai made his way to rainbow bridge.

Always in our thoughts.

Love you very much.

 

Remembering Dalai on his adoption day

On this day, 5 years ago, Dalai came into our home.  He was a marvellous member of the flock, very clear with setting his boundaries yet getting along with all the diverse characters.

He also loved a bath:

 

Always in our thoughts & still missed.

♥♥♥

 

Remembering Dalai: One year on

On this day last year, our friend Dalai made his way to rainbow bridge.

It is hard to believe a whole year has gone by without him.  There was a survival instinct about him that suggested to me that he would reach old age.  Sadly, this was not the case.  Each loss is hard & each loss is different.  Losing Dalai, who seemed so robust in health & character, hit me hard.

 

Always in our thoughts & still missed.

♥♥♥

Autumn Banner 2020

I am pleased to report that Perry, Lennie & our dearly departed Dalai, feature on the autumn-themed banner of a budgerigars forum!

There is a competition each season to select a new banner, with the winner voted for by the members.  The following is the winner:

 

You can see it has a Shakespearean, three witches theme, with, appropriately, three budgies looking like they are cooking up some trouble.

The banner can be seen in situ here: http://budgerigarsforum.proboards.com/ over autumn.  Do take a look & have a browse around the friendly & informative forum. 🙂

 

Change of scenery

Perry & Lennie often pop into Dalai’s cage for a change of scenery.

Lennie is the more frequent visitor & will be in & out, but Perry also visits & spends some time ‘chilling’.  Initially, they were wary of moving around the cage, almost like they were uncomfortable that Dalai was not there, but over time they have become more relaxed.

That said, neither have dared to sit on Dalai’s perch at the back on the far right (a twig-like perch, diagonally across the corner).  Dalai did not allow them to sit on it.  Perry accepted this rule pretty quickly & did not bother to attempt to sit there.  Lennie wanted to sit next to Dalai on that perch, but the nearest he could get was to cling to the cage bars near the perch & if his luck was in, Dalai would go over & chat to him.  If Lennie was feeling particularly bold, he would tentatively climb onto the perch when Dalai was otherwise engaged at the seed trough, but he was on edge & never hung around there for longer than a minute.

(Incidentally, Bezukhov was allowed to sit on this perch, possibly because he lived in the cage before Dalai & it would have seemed churlish not to allow him!)

Even though Dalai is not here, Perry & Lennie still do not sit on Dalai’s perch.

Here is a rare moment when Perry sat on Dalai’s swing:

 

 

 

Remembering Dalai: Preparing his new home

Dalai was cremated & his remains returned the week after his passing.  As with those before him (Raspy, Atilla, Thomas, Cagney, Phineas & Bezukhov) I am making a new home for him in the form of a pillow/cushion.  The inner pillow has been completed.  I chose a yellow colour & added my customary wonky embroidery.  His remains now sit with the others.  He only knew Bezukhov & Phineas here but I like to think he has made friends with Atilla, Raspy, Thomas & Cagney.

Missing you my little man.

Remembering Dalai on his adoption day

Dalai came into our home on the 14th March 2016.  He was, we believe, around 5 months old at the time, putting his birthday (or hatchday) at sometime in October 2015.  I never dreamt that he would not be here for the 2020 celebration of his special day.  Despite the sadness, I will take this opportunity to share some photos…

During quarantine, Dalai was self-assured & calm:

 

He made good friends with Bezukhov & Phineas:

 

Dalai was not always swayed by flock mentality & if he wanted to do something or be somewhere different to the others, he would go ahead & do it.  This photo shows him, in the early days, not returning to the cage for bed & Bezukhov & Phineas coming out to join him:

Bezukhov & Phineas join Dalai to all snooze on the plant pot stand

 

He had more in common with Lennie that I think he would care to admit:

 

Dalai was not overly giving to others (flirting aside) though was witnessed caring about Bezukhov when he was poorly:

Dalai sitting with Bezukhov

 

Despite the above, Dalai would openly preen Perry’s head & was doing this even in his last days when he was unwell:

 

Dalai was a big presence… much admired & much loved.

Dalai

 

Missing you very much, Dalai darling.

Thinking of you.