Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
By Elise N
Bethpage, New York, United States
Posted Oct 17, 2014
Pokey was 11years old and by the time I acquired him, finding out his background like a jigsaw puzzle, I was to be his 8th & final home. He passed away from liver disease, which was probably brought on by poor diet and location. Upon initial veterinary check, he was given 3 months to live. He survived (& thrived, I believe) for 6 & 1/2 years. He found a mate, in my Greenwing Macaw. They did try to breed. Okay, back to Pokey-Mon who was once taught to rock side to side and mimic The Terminator's "I'll Be Back" in that unmistakable Schwartznegger Voice.
Most of all, He turned out to be my prize! He would sit on my lap and nearly purr. He would preen my hair and I was even able to hold my GW AND him on my lap together without any problems. But the best story and most memorable, was that Pokey, came to me with an established love for ice cream. Shortly after he came to live with me, I was eating a vanilla cone, Pokey began to scream, and I wasn’t sure what he wanted. I offered him my cone and nearly lost my fingers as he tried to steal the whole scoop. He always screamed when he saw vanilla ice cream but never reacted that way for chocolate.
I rarely denied him ice cream (I didn't eat much ice cream anyway) and I gave him more leeway than the rest of my flock which by this time was 5. He died in my arms while his mate looked on. We both grieved for a year, until it was time for my GW to find another mate, the best thing I could do for her.
For sure, he is missed.