Monday, June 28, 2010

Sinbad 7/4/91 - 6/27/10

Sinbad, a Sun Conure parrot, was born in July 1991. A few months later, in October, my birthday gift from my husband would be a bird, our first pet together. We lived in a rented condo apartment and they did not allow any other animals, only birds.
So we went to “For Birds Only”, and they had individual large pens with all of these different baby birds running around inside the pen.
I was initially there for a Cockatiel.
When I put my hand in the Cockatiel pen they were very skittish and flitted away, which is understandable. In the very next pen were these baby parrots. When I put my hand in, they were not as skittish, but moved to the corner. All except for one. He remained on his little perch, and when I put my finger out he stepped onto my finger. I know we say that sometimes the animals pick you, and I believe that is exactly what he did.

He was a funny looking guy all speckled green, yellow and orange, but they had 2 breeding adults there, and I saw what a beauty he would become, and he did. Most of the green was placed with bright orange and yellow.

They neglected to tell me that Sun Conures like to scream, and scream he did. We almost got evicted from our apartment. But we then bought our own condo, and a nice big cage for him, and the screaming decreased a bit.

He hated men, esp. my husband. He also thought I was his woman, so my husband was not allowed near me when he was out.

He loved to take a shower by hanging upside down under the faucet, and almost every morning he would come in the bathroom with me while I showered, and we would dance to the music. He loved Salsa and Latin beats especially, and he loved to dance. He was actually quite a good dancer, much better than me.

Well he would have been 19 in just a week’s time, and I guess you would say he lived a healthy, happy and long life, but I guess his time had come. He was never sick a day in his life, but just suddenly got ill. I rushed him to the emergency but after 2 days, he got worse. I have never had to make a decision of putting a pet to sleep before, and it was tough, but I know it was the right thing.

He was my baby as well as my friend, and I will miss him.

God put him on this earth, and I do believe He has a place for him now, where he is flying freely.

Rest in peace Sinbad. You will be in my heart forever.


  1. Diana, this is so touching! I loved hearing how the two of you came together. So lucky that Sindbad had such a long and healthy life. I really got to thinking later how hard it would be to have had him linger in poor health. He WILL always be in your heart -- and in all of our hearts that you've shared him with :)

  2. Oh beautiful. I am teary as I feel your sadness through these words. People who do not love do feel sadness. The greater the love, the greater the sorrow. But would you really want it any other way? He was one very blessed bird and you are better people because he entered your lives.

  3. Aww, Animals are such a blessing in our lives for the short time they are with us. I am so sorry for your loss and understand the sadness you must be feeling. Sasha sends doxie kisses and says she is sure that there are birds over at rainbow bridge, too. It is a special place were animal go to wait for when they will be with their people again.

  4. Diana - what a wonderful memorial to Sinbad. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Diana, I have tears in my is obvious from your words how much you loved him. But you are right, he is one of God's creatures meant just for you and now he'll fly forever where there is no pain or sickness. God Bless You~

  6. Thank you guys so much for your support and your kind words.

  7. I have tears in my eyes after reading this loving tribute to your very beautiful little salsa dancer. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
    Rest in peace Sinbad.

  8. Diana, this brought tears to my eyes - what a wonderful tribute to Sinbad.