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In memory of Mickey Uittenbogaard

We have dedicated this section to Ellen Uittenbogaard and her beloved Senegal parrot, Mickey, the first parrot to be diagnosed and treated for Cushing’s disease. Mickey and Ellen’s journey can be followed on Facebook here.

Rest in peace gentle, brave Mickey, who unexpectedly passed away January 5th 2013. The incredible love and bond between Ellen and Mickey was shared with parrot lovers around the world, who love Mickey and respect and admire Ellen for her devotion to Mickey and Mickey’s illness. Mickey pioneered medical research and knowledge for other avians who will be diagnosed and treated for Cushings going forward.

The love between Ellen and Mickey exemplifies Parrot Love.

Dr. Peter Bastiannsen’s article on Mickey.

We welcome your contribution to honour the memory of your special feathered family member. Please contact us.

Gone Too Soon

Blizzard Clark

Blizzard Clark

Moluccan Cockatoo

Blizzard, a severely abused and neglected Moluccan Cockatoo and Cate Clark.

Sadly the years of abuse took Blizzard’s life in late 2013.



Citron Crest Cockatoo

For Jessie, my Citron Crest who passed unexpectedly almost 2 years ago. Jessie was a rescue, as is Henry, a Moluccan Cockatoo. I wrote this poem in memory of Jessie and in honour of Henry:


Cockatoo Tears

Born in the wild, a destiny of free flight.

Bred in captivity, a destiny of being held captive for the rest of our life.

Natural perches and plenty of toys is not enough to provide us true joy. We often yell and sometimes we cry. Often more serious behaviors arise. Our captive existence in part is the reason why.

A friendly companion we adapt to be. This is not what our creator truly meant us to be.

Our heartache is true, our tears are real. Please remember how we feel.

~Sherri Van Wynsberghe~



Umbrella Cockatoo

Sadly she was humanely euthanized November 14, 2017 when a mass in her cloaca ruptured. She was surrendered to PRC and was in the care of Dr. Anne McDonald while awaiting transfer to Meika’s Safehouse in Sherwood Park, AB for the start of a new life.

Dakota E.

Dakota E.


September 2004 to 2013

Dakota passed away unexpectedly. Her necropsy indicated pancreatitis as the cause.

Her ashes will be scattered in September on what would have been her 9th bird day, at her original caregiver’s family acreage in B.C.

Dakota was very much loved. Dakota passed away far too young, some research suggests an inadequate diet of seed can be a contributing factor to this disease and cautions against a mainly seed diet for birds.

Dakota was on a pellet diet in her original caregiver’s home, however that switched to a staple seed diet when she showed a preference to be in a free flight environment with other birds.



Blue Crowned Conure

Blue was adopted by a fantastic family in Ontario, shortly after arrival they knew Blue was not well.

Despite many avian vet visits and proactive care, Blue passed away from Congestive Heart Failure. The family is devastated with their loss.

Fly free beautiful Blue, you were loved and received the best in avian medical care. October 2017.



Double Yellow Head Amazon

Jack was adopted through the Avian Adoptions Network Program and was killed shortly after arrival at the new home. Despite begin educated on not allowing dogs and birds to mix, the family was negligent and Jack paid with his life. A painful and needless death.



Green-wing Macaw

July 30, 1991 to December 1, 2010

“Brixley was 19 years old when he passed away; he became part of our family when he was a baby.  He could be found in our wedding pictures and we had an ice sculpture made of him for our wedding reception. We took him camping every weekend in the summer, he was in two parades, did many presentations with him at schools, churches, U of A, Pet Expo, club meetings, etc.  We included him in every part of our life where possible; we miss him dearly.

We laid him to rest in a walnut casket lined in velvet with my husband made.  We filled the casket with family pictures, love letters and a velvet sash wrapped around his body. It was so hard to see him lying there, as I had not seen him since he passed away. We took him out to our lake lot to bury him overlooking the lake; he LOVED camping. We had a beautiful marble headstone made to mark his grave.”  KimBerley K.

Brixley died of Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) in early December, which was confirmed by a necropsy. Three weeks prior he showed signs of illness with fluffed feathers and morning vomiting.  Brixley was originally diagnosed as having a bacterial infection and placed on Baytril, an antibiotic.  He seemed to perk up, however his weight began to drop by 40 grams a day and two days before he died he was passing undigested seed and then stopped eating.

During the three week period Brixley made many trips to the veterinarian, it was on his final trip for x-rays that he died in the clinic with his guardian at the front desk. Previously unaware of PDD and Bornavirus, his guardian was directed through a Google search to a presentation by Dr. Kerry Korber posted on a parrot club website.

“I think that it is in the best interest of our northern Alberta Club to bring this disease to light,” KimBerley volunteered to do a presentation at one of the club’s meetings. “It was very difficult to get through the presentaiton without breaking down.  It’s time our Club became familiar with this disease and to give it some serious consideration when dealing with our birds,” KimBerley shared.

Brixley has flown over Rainbow Bridge, far too young. However his passing will not be in vain, as his guardian is stepping forward to educate others on Bornavirus and PDD. ~ Written by Gloria Fantin



Congo African Grey

Buddy was surrendered at a veterinary clinic in Nanaimo and immediately transferred to Dr. Anne McDonald, Night Owl Bird Hospital, Vancouver, in critical condition. Buddy did not have a chance, sadly Buddy was very ill for an awfully long time and it was compassionate to humanely end her life. Buddy had excellent food and care while with Dr. McDonald and was cradled in her arms as she slipped into peaceful, eternal sleep.

Lend Me a Bird

“I will lend to you for a while, a bird”, God said.

For you to love her while she lives and to mourn for her when she is gone. Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe for two or three.

But will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me? She’ll bring her charms to gladden you and should her stay be brief, you’ll always have her memories as solace for your grief.

I can not promise that she will stay, since all from earth return. But there are lessons taught below I want this bird to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true. And from the folks that crowd life’s land, I have chosen you.

Now will you give her all your love; nor think the labor vain; nor hate me when I come to take my lovely bird again?


I fancied that I heard them say, “Dear Lord, thy will be done, for all the joys this bird will bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.”

Will you shelter her with tenderness? Will you love her while you may? And for the happiness you’ll know forever grateful stay?

But should I call her back much sooner than you’ve planned; please brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.

If, by your love, you’ve managed, my wishes to achieve, in memory of her you’ve loved; be thankful; do not grieve.

Cherish every moment of your feathered charge. She filled your home with songs of joy the time she was alive.

Let not her passing take from you those memories to enjoy.

“I will lend to you, a Bird”, God said, and teach you all you have to do. And when I call her back to heaven, you will know she loved you too.

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