29 January 2012
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It has been a couple of months since Raspy’s untimely passing.
Atilla, Cagney & Bezukhov have been coping well in her absence. I believe the transition from 4 to 3 was made easier by them knowing that Raspy had passed on. I like to think that soon after she took her last breath, her spirit was released & she flew around the room & gave her sister, her boyfriend & her Manor-mate a kiss before making her way to the Fields of Millet, Wild Grass & Swinging Perches.
Raspy’s presence was quite “challenging”. She was the only one with the guts to stand up to Atilla. For Cagney, Raspy was a challenge to woo – a tough cookie who never cracked. She was, of course, totally committed to chubby chops himself, Bezukhov…
Bezukhov is lucky to have his mate Cagney to run & fly around with. Their friendship in that respect has not changed at all. However, there are times when Cagney is busy canoodling with Atilla, & Bezuky can look a bit lost, as if he’s thinking, “I used to have a lovely girl to canoodle with….” At those times I try to give him some extra attention. He is always ready to talk to my fingernail & has quite animated conversations. I also hand feed him pellets. I would hate for him to feel left out.
He is still fond of Atilla & tries to converse with her but she either ignores him or goes to give him a thump (no change there then). It is nice that her behaviour towards him has not changed. Occasionally she allows him to eat from the same seed pot as her, or even sit next to her on the perch. When this happens it is almost like a signal to Cagney to not chase Bezuky away, but just let him be & I will see all 3 of them sitting comfortably together on the same perch. 🙂