Happy Endings Aren’t Easy

You guys remember Skokie, don’t you?

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He’s the foster bird who came to live with us last year, who liked to reassure me that, “It’s okay” and tell me, “You’re so pretty!”

Well, we had hoped that we found him his Happily Ever After when we placed him with a local family in the fall. They sent us regular video updates with Smokie playing with the daughter in the family and notes about how fond he was of the father.

Alas, it was not to be. Smokie’s personality just didn’t mesh with the family’s lifestyle for a lot of small reasons. The father wanted Smokie to bond with the daughter, but it didn’t happen; he never was too fond of her. Instead, he latched onto the father, a doctor who works long hours and couldn’t give Smokie the attention he wanted to.

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He’s back with us now. The mother and father of the family brought him and his cage back to us in January and said their sad farewells to Smokie. For the past few weeks, he’s been settling in and getting back into his old routines (which sometimes includes bullying me, but that’s another story).

It’s not an uncommon story with pet rescue. We have to accept that sometimes a happy ending isn’t as close or as simple as we might have hoped. Personalities don’t work or the adopter finds that maybe the pet isn’t what they thought it was going to be. Whatever the reason, there’s no one to blame. We don’t live in a perfect world.

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Don’t worry, Smokie. We’ll take care of you for as long as you need us.

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