2023—Flying with the Angels

She was my companion for 22 years. And what a fascinating 22 years it was. Bobo, the Red-lored Amazon. Her feathers were brilliant and eye-catching: emerald green, pale blue, bright red, and lemon yellow. Her voice was a lilting wolf whistle, or an ear-piercing shriek, or a subtle clicking (I never knew what I might have agreed to when I responded with my own clicking), or the occasional “Hi, Bobo!” or even the single word, “well!” with a rising inflection that meant so much. Her constant companion was a dried chili pepper, a security blanket of sorts that was deposited at the end of wherever she ventured in exchange for something else so I always knew where she’d been. I bear scars from her bites; she was not a parrot that could be handled unless it was on her terms. Before turning out the lights in the evening, I would sit in front of her cage and she would lay her head in my lap and allow me to scratch her head, until it didn’t suit her and the beak presented itself. On Tuesday, she had a stroke. I knew something had gone terribly wrong and I took her to the Vet. They let me hold her, wrapped in a towel, until the end, something I hadn’t done much during our lives together. She enriched my life and I am poorer now that she is gone. I will miss her. She is flying with the angels now.

10 thoughts on “2023—Flying with the Angels

  1. Bobo was a pain in the butt but she loved you. Our pets are God’s gift to us and they give us so much joy (and pain, literally), and make us better people. I’m so sorry for your loss of Bobo, but you should know comfort that she is now is flying and frollicing with Madyson waiting for us to join them. Rest in Peace Bobo……..”Ouch,you little shit!”

    Love you Carol!

  2. My heart breaks for your loss Carol 😢
    Bobo will always be in our hearts; the joy she offered was beyond measure. Thank you for sharing Bobo with the world. Love, Beckee ❤️

  3. I’m so sorry to read your sad news about Bobo…You had so many years together…I’m sure you were as important to her as she was to you. I will miss seeing your beautiful pictures of her.
    Judy (Vaughn) McAleece

  4. Carol, I am so sorry to hear of BoBo’s passing. As you said, she has had mysterious bouts of not feeling well to then bounce back and be her fiesta self. She was great company for you and a never ending source of stories and adventures that you can hold in your min and close to your heart. The passing of a beloved pet leaves a hole in our hearts, but their lives enriched ours unconditionally.

  5. Carol, I am saddened to hear of Bobo’s passing. I know what it is to lose a beloved pet. 22 years is a long time to share together and no doubt her loss leaves an empty space. Such a beautiful tribute – she was stunning and sounds like she enjoyed life on her terms . Thank you for sharing her with us. May she rest in peace and soar like an eagle with the angels.

  6. Carol,
    So sorry to read of Bobo’s passing. Even if she didn’t always show it, she surely loved you in her own way (even if you did think she was a boy).
    Flying in spirit,

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