Sharing our Loss of Dinka

Our darling bird, Dinka died suddenly and without warning on Friday March 11, 2022. He was a 20-year-old Timneh Grey. Dinka was named after the Dinka people – Wikipedia in Africa. I indigenous people and the sound of the name. Dinka could have lived to be 40 to 70 years old.

I am trying my best to grapple with my grief and posting this was difficult. Pets become close family members. I am sure you can empathize with our loss. We buried him on the same day. I created two composite images to show where he is now.

41 thoughts on “Sharing our Loss of Dinka

  1. a nerd 2022-06-05 / 3:36 pm

    Im sorry for your loss. He was surely a pleasant looking little angle. As an animal lover, I can only imagine your pain.


  2. Anne Sandler 2022-04-01 / 8:49 am

    So sorry Sherry. Our pets are family and we feel their passing. May his memory bring you warmth and joy.


    • Sherry Felix 2022-04-01 / 9:09 am

      Thank you so much Anne. I still shed tears thinking about him.


  3. Sheila Creighton 2022-03-20 / 2:56 pm

    Oh Sherry, I am so sorry for your loss. What a handsome guy who sounds like he was a real joy in your life. I am sure you have lots of wonderful photos and memories. So sad.


  4. derrickjknight 2022-03-18 / 12:40 pm

    I read your vocabulary post first, and realised it must be a tribute – so I repeat my commiserations here.


  5. conspicari 2022-03-18 / 8:13 am

    What a lovely looking bird, so characterful. I can empathise with your sad loss.


  6. 1954lspiegel1954 2022-03-17 / 11:18 pm

    My deepest sympathy.


  7. cindy knoke 2022-03-17 / 10:09 pm

    I am so sorry for the loos of your beloved Dinka. She looks wise and wonderful!


    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-18 / 6:21 am

      He was indeed a very smart and loving little creature. Thank you.


  8. shoreacres 2022-03-17 / 10:00 pm

    When my beloved cat died at eighteen, it was equally sudden and unexpected; within four hours she was gone. I suspect you’re experiencing the same sense of grief combined with shock that I did. He was an exceptionally handsome bird, and I’m sure you have a wealth of memories after so many years. I’m really sorry, but I certainly am looking forward to whatever you might want to share about his life.


    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-18 / 6:19 am

      It took about a week to sink in. I had trouble facing it. Every day is so empty without him. I have lost other pets but none like this one who was more of a person than a pet. Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Dan Antion 2022-03-17 / 5:26 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss Sherry. I know how much pets mean.


  10. Tofino Photography 2022-03-17 / 3:17 pm

    Dinka will be missed I’m sure but the love you have for him will never pass Sherry and that is important!


  11. Eunice 2022-03-17 / 2:48 pm

    I’m so sorry to read this Sherry. Pets become much loved family members and losing them is hard to deal with, especially when they have been with you for many years. Dinka looked lovely and I guess he was quite a character xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-18 / 6:14 am

      He was a personality. I will miss the little “person” he was.


  12. Carl 2022-03-17 / 2:38 pm

    Dear Sherry –
    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I know this is incredibly difficult for you and Mark and for all of us who were able to see, experience, and remember this remarkable life force.
    I consider myself very lucky to have seen Dinka a few times at your place and then to have been able to host him in my own space, briefly.
    He was the best companion.
    Sending much love your direction.


    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-18 / 6:12 am

      Oh Carl. Thank you so much for your sympathy. My love to you too.


  13. Linda Atkins 2022-03-17 / 1:36 pm

    Hi Sherry, I am so so sorry to receive this very sad news. I know how truly special Dinka was and how close you and Mark were to this unique and captivating member of your family. My heart goes out to you as you have to face this hard loss. My Love Linda


    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-18 / 6:10 am

      Thank you so much for your caring words. It means a lot to me. I know as a pet owner you understand how deeply I feel the loss.


  14. picpholio 2022-03-17 / 1:23 pm

    So sorry to hear this… altough he was your compagnion for 20 years, it’s always hard to say goodbey. Thanks for sharing the pictures of Dinka. My condolences.


  15. David P. 2022-03-17 / 1:05 pm

    I did not click “Like” because there is nothing to like about losing a family pet. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-18 / 6:08 am

      I will accept a “likes'” as an acknowledgement. Thank you for caring.


  16. SoyBend 2022-03-17 / 12:46 pm

    Sorry you lost this treasured pet, Sherry. I have heard that African greys have the largest vocabulary of any parrot. I see in your comments you plan to share some of the things he said. Looking forward to reading them!


    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-18 / 6:06 am

      Thanks. He was a treasure. He understood what he was saying and used his words at the right times.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. lynnwiles 2022-03-17 / 12:34 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Losing pets is very difficult.


  18. Denzil 2022-03-17 / 12:27 pm

    I am sorry to hear this sad news Sherry. You have some beautiful pictures and memories.


    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-17 / 12:43 pm

      Thank you. There are so many things to remember from his too short but long life. Eventually I will post some of his vocabulary – which was often funny.

      Liked by 1 person

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