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Member Challenge from Victoriac
« on: November 29, 2008, 01:22:21 PM »
Got a request from a member, yes she is my sister in real life. But she has been through a very sad moment recently. And has asked me to post this here....


If you have heard from me in the last couple weeks, then you know, if not, be aware that I have lost my beloved Alpha Male Skyy. It's been horribly hard on me and Stoli. Stoli knows that Skyy is not around any more and most of the day he's either just sitting in the cage or sitting on something next to me.

It's like the saddest of sad sights - a budgie that doesn't chirp or play with toys or even want his favorite foods. =o(

Their vet said the thing he would be missing the most is the sound of the other bird. I'm thinking, yeah, like someone makes something like that? Yes, they do and it's downloading as I type. It's from Australia, of course, land of the budgie. I did a test - I was in the bedroom with him and he's in his cage quiet as a church mouse - I clicked on "play" for the 3 minute sample.

 He went NUTS and started singing and flying all over the cage. I clicked on pause - he kept on chirping then it was like - hey, where did they go? Turned it back on and we are talking ONE HAPPY BUDGIE. 

I did find out that Skyy was more than likely five years or older. Also, with this breed - "sudden" death is not at all uncommon. His vet said they can have the best food, cleanest cage, perfect toys and perfect environment and still have this happen. I think that was to make me feel better but I'm not sure if it does - I guess as a responsible bird owner it's natural to think you did something you shouldn't have done. I need to stop beating myself up over it.

Skyy. (double sigh) I laid him to rest under a tree on the property here by a fence. It was a rather large and older tree - so, not one that I think could be moved easily. So, it is my hope that he will be able to stay there and rest in peace. I find myself thinking about him often, the things he did, his little way of saying "love ya" to me. His four chirps in the morning when I would say "Have a good day boys." Not to mention his love for hanging upside down and climbing. Oh, how he loved to climb  and swing with country music playing.

So in a drive to resolve the dilemma I decided an ad was needed so....

    My Classified Ad.......46 year old female human and 3 year old male American Budgie seeks male companionship for each of them. The female prefers Catholic, no children, Caucasian, employed, not be a slob, like to have sex and travel, must like sushi and on occasion; silence. Strong computer and networking skills preferred. The Budgie prefers an Alpha Male to tend to his every need and whim. Also, must like playing on swings, eating millet and sleeping side by side.

Well, the good news is that we received a response after interviewing three or four different breeders in order to locate a companion for Stoli. Two male English Budgies have responded and after a careful and thorough interview process they were brought home and are now acclimating themselves to their new home. They are now talking to Stoli and things are promising. However in the meantime the new members of the Flock are still nameless.
 
So a solution has suggested itself to me and that would be to hold a contest to assist in the naming of them. Would like it to be something that starts with an "S" or perhaps another vodka perhaps an English vodka since they are an English breed. Nonetheless your imagination is most welcome and your images of them, commemorating their naming and a formal welcoming of the flock.

Thank you all for your understanding in mine and Stoli's time of mourning and in welcoming our new members of the flock.


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Re: Member Challenge from Victoriac
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 01:36:47 PM »
Now the challenge is to suggest names for the two new additions to the flock and then to create a render depicting the welcoming and inclusion into the flock.

The prize shall be a GC of $25 to the store of ones choice in this challenge.

Here are pictures of each of them, for the time being they have very unimaginative names...Thing One and Thing Two

So please help them out with proper names in this thread and then you images can be placed in this gallery here.
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Re: Member Challenge from Victoriac
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2008, 01:37:27 PM »
Well I got one name for one of them

Sakura
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Re: Member Challenge from Victoriac
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2008, 03:34:39 PM »
First off, I'm so sorry for your loss.  I know how much you love your feathered family.


I was doing real good on the first part of the classified until I hit that sushi part.....Darn :blusher:


Here is a good name I think:  Shakers - A American Vodka

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You can try Svedka - A Vodka from Sweden

I'd try to Render you something.....but my birds also end up with hair on their back  :thud:
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Re: Member Challenge from Victoriac
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2008, 04:22:24 PM »
Thank you, Jherrith for starting the post for me.  I did upload some photos in my gallery of the two of them doing different things.  The "Thing One" and "Thing Two" started out as a joke when the vet asked what to put down for their names for the appointment.  I am looking to stay with the vodka scheme if possible.

Right now, it's rough training them because I call them both "hey" or "hi there" - some what confusing for everyone.  LOL

Stoli is LOVING his new buddies and will throw a FIT if I do not bring his cage out with theirs - he has to talk to them even though they don't vocalize much yet.  The vet puts them at about 8 months of age.

Also, for the unknowing (such as myself) - when you see the "puffy" head it means they are interested in you.  Also, a "finely bred" English budgie when seen from the "front" view - their eyes are not usually visible and from the "side" view - you should not see their beak.

There's your five cents worth of budgie info if you ever go on a TV show.  

Okay, I hope we can come up with some good names to welcome these new boyz to Stoli and my place.

I consider it an honor that I can ask you all to give your input as to what to name them and thank you for your assistance.

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Re: Member Challenge from Victoriac
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2008, 06:23:29 PM »
We have them wild in the yard (or rather the untamed relatives) they are so cute :)

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Re: Member Challenge from Victoriac
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2008, 06:20:49 PM »
Well,  after spending a few days with them - here are a few of the  "quirks" that have manifested themselves.

#1 - seems to be wanting to take over the computer and networking position.  He is totally content to sit on my shoulder and watch me type and things move on the monitor.  I'm also CONSTANTLY taking him away from the cords. 

#2 - seems to be going for the "Alpha Male" position with Stoli.  Heaven help me, but I know I was really upset when Stoli wouldn't chirp - now, he will NOT shut up.  This afternoon - while I had the big boyz out on free fly time - I had the "OMG where did #2 go?"  He was sitting on the bottom of the stand where I have Stoli's cage.  He was just listening to everything he had to say.

Jherrith has said more than once that #2 seems to be "Sakura" - see him for the definition as I forgot.  LOL  The other two choices out there are Shinju or Shinto.

I'm thinking the English Vodka may not make it and am looking at Asian names.  I have a Korean tea table and for some reason #2 will NOT stay off it.  So, seriously, please, any name that you think of please let me know - poor guys need to be named.

I was a "good person" and put up a note over the cage and in the foyer that state "do not touch the birds" since they are under quarantine at this time.  Final blood tests are pending until Tuesday but the quarantine lasts until December 16th.  I do need to call the office and let them know that I have new boyz in the place.

Go me.  YIKES.

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Re: Member Challenge from Victoriac
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2008, 06:28:55 PM »
Sakura means Cherry

Couple other names that suggest themselves is

Shiori  (She-or-e)

Yuka  (U-ka)
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2008, 09:45:50 PM »
Sputnik

Stolii

Silent Sam (since he is SO quiet ... LOL)

Spaten

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Re: Member Challenge from Victoriac
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2008, 08:14:34 PM »
Sage for the lil green guy

Sampson is a nice Alpha type name

Socrates is cool too.

Those are my 3 choices..

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