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The Time Has Come!

So... the time has come at last... I'm 99% sure I'll finally be bringing home a grey.

Let's just say, I am overwhelmed with emotions.

For those of you who don't know, I was forced to rehome my congo grey, Alex, a few years back. I had purchased him as a baby, spent months and months saving for him, finally brought him home, handfed him myself. I don't feel comfortable sharing why I had to rehome him, as it's quite personal. But I'm constantly hurting over it, even to this day. I thought I had placed him in a wonderful home. The new owner seemed to really love him and promised me she'd keep in contact and update me all the time. Unfortunately, this owner needed to sell him shortly after. I don't judge people for having to rehome animals. She had gotten a divorce and didn't have much of a choice. As much as I wanted him to have a permanent home with her, I understood. However, when I couldn't cough up the cash for him right away (I will add, she was demanding $250 more for him than she had paid me) she sold him on to someone else. She refused to tell me who, give me their information or give them my information, claiming "she doesn't have to" and then when I began to get upset she threatened to call the police on me for "harassment". It was overall traumatic. I don't have any clue where Alex is, who he's with and I've had no luck in my search for the owners. It stinks, it really does, but there's nothing I can really do about it now except pray every day that he's living his life in a happy home with a family that truly loves him.

Enough about Alex, though. Meet Digby.




I used to work at a wonderful specialty bird/parrot store in my area. (That was about a year ago.) And although I don't work there anymore, I still visit from time to time and shop there. I'm friends with the family that owns it, so I chat with them and the other employees while I'm there. I hadn't been there in quite some time, so today, I happened to be called off work and so I happened to decide to go there to visit. I was very close to not going, mind you! I get there, visit with the birds and talk to the employees and owner. I mentioned I may be looking to add a larger bird to my home again. The owner told me that a guy who used to work there when I worked there recently broke up with his boyfriend. Since they had been living together, my ex-coworker moved out of that house. His ex-boyfriend has had their african grey (Digby) and the owner told me that the ex-boyfriend was looking for a new home for Digby. He hasn't posted ads or anything for Digby as he doesn't want just anybody taking him. She gave me his number just in case I was interested.

I got in contact with him a few hours ago. We chatted on the phone for a very long time, we really got along! I told him all about what happened with Alex, and how I had been wanting another grey for a very long time but I haven't run into the right opportunity, etc. Then he told me all about Digby.

Digby has just turned 3. He was purchased as a baby from the store I used to work at with his ex. Apparently, he's a really awesome, sweet bird, but because of the lack of attention recently due to the break up and him going back to school and working 8 hours a day, etc., he has begun to pluck and become more reserved. He wants Digby to go to a home that can provide more attention. He also plans on moving into a smaller apartment sometime soon, and won't be able to have Digby there. He's very nervous about rehoming Digby, but after our 20-30 minute conversation, he said he really trusted me taking Digby and would feel comfortable giving him to me. He is also not asking a rehoming fee of any kind, he just wants a good home. I also promised him to keep in contact, send updates, etc., as I know how it feels to lose a bird completely and would never want that for him, or anybody. If for some reason it didn't work out, Digby would be returned to him.

The craziest part about all of this is we are pretty sure that Digby and Alex are brothers. We bought them as babies at the same time from the same place. How insane is that?! Wow...

I'm honestly just amazed at all of this. I didn't even know of Digby this morning, and because I happened to be called off work and visit the bird store instead, I think I've now found my new baby. This one won't be going anywhere. Just after hearing about him and seeing pictures, he's got a place in my heart. I can't help it! I know he may be a challenge, he will need some working with. But I'm ready to dedicate all the time and patience in the world for him.

I will be visiting Digby on Saturday most likely, possibly sooner. As long as nothing crazy happens, he will be coming home with me in 2-3 weeks. I can't even begin to express my excitement, my amazement, my shock... Something about this whole situation just feels right. It just really feels like it's meant to be.










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Great news Abby, Digby looks like an awesome little fella! I hope this all works out for you. I hope to see you around the forum a bit more... We all miss you here!
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Wow what an awesome story!! I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and I think you were meant to have Digby Good luck with the transfer, I hope he is in your house soon!
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I'm so incredibly excited. It's gonna be a very long couple of weeks!




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Hey the wait may feel like forever but at least you can prepare for his arrival He's gorgeous! Hope you can fix his plucking

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That's awesome to hear about Digby. Keep us updated please.

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Wow! It sounds like it's meant to be. Keep us updated!

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I will definitely keep you updated!




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