Monday, December 3, 2007

My Christmas Partridge

This is my little ring necked dove, posing for me as my Christmas partridge. Isn't he cute?

In 1987, my friend Vivian, who raised these sweet doves, gave me a pair of them as a gift, along with a sizable cage built by one of her sons. They were so cute, and I loved their cooing and giggling, and docile, sweet nature.

Luckily for me, the two doves turned out to be two males, so I didn't end up with more partridges than I could handle! And the two were great friends and cage mates for 18 years.

Unfortunately, one of the doves flew over the Rainbow Bridge, almost two years ago, at the age 18. It was sad to find him one morning, fluffed up at the bottom of the cage, no longer breathing.

I worried about my remaining little dove. Would he be lonely by himself? Thank goodness he seems to be doing very well on his own, still cooing and laughing, at the ripe old age of 20!

Here he is sitting in my fern plant, as my "Partridge in a Fern Tree, " cooing a Merry Christmas, to everyone!


Karen H. said...

Good Morning Renie,
Burrr!!!! It's another cold morning out again. I love your little Dove. He is adorable. Sorry to hear about the loss of your other Dove. I love the last picture and what you said about your Little Partridge in a Fern Tree. That is just cute. I'm glad you had a good time shopping yesterday. If you get out again this morning, bundle up. They say its suppose to get up to around 55 degrees. I hope it feels warmer than the 45 degrees we had yesterday. I don't think Men like shopping at all. LOL. I know when we go grocery shopping, hubby is always asking me, you about done? LOL. I always say, Not Yet. LOL. I have to hunt for a good bargain ya know. LOL. Well, take care my friend and have a great Tuesday. May God Bless You.

Karen H.

Renie Burghardt said...

Good morning, my early bird friend!

Yes, another chilly morning, but will be sunny and in the low fifties, so not a bad day. Lots of folks across our country, are getting snow! I'm glad it's not us.

Thank you for the kind comment on my little dove. He is sweet and gentle and a lovely birdie.

Yes, have to go out today. Have a great day, my friend. I hope your husband is feeling much better.



Jmkdreak said...

50's is a heat wave compared to here!! That bird is annoying, he laughs too loud too early!


Renie Burghardt said...

Hey sweetie, you guys just like to sleep too long! In the country, it's early to bed, early to rise...


deborah wilson said...


What a beautiful bird! I've always wanted a pair of love birds, maybe one day soon I will get a pair.

My sister has a bird, he is some kind of miniture tropical bird, his name is Kiwi. Mean as a snake! I don't think he likes me too well. lol

The picture of you and Eileen is good - best friends make the world go around..:)

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Deborah,

I love my little dove! He is an early riser, like myself. But my daughter and family weren't too pleased about his cooing and laughing at 5 AM. Lol. When the cats are outside, I let him fly around the house a bit, for some exercise. Although the cats are so used to him, they never even glance his way, I still wouldn't trust them, when the bird is out of the cage.

Thanks on the nice comment on the Best Friends photo. And it's so true, they do make the world go round. :-)

Christmas cheers!


deborah wilson said...

Renie - I forgot to mention - Mom and I are going to spend the day together tomorrow - we're going to try making your Paprikash Soup..)

Sort of like my homemade vegetable soup, but I always fix it the day before. I like a tad of okra, a lot of corn, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, baby green limas and tomatoes from the garden. Cornbread and sweet tea top it off. lol

I've decided that I'm going to grow some grapes and (better) blackberries next year.

Take care.

Michele said...

Hi Renie,

Thanks for these lovely photos and the story of your doves! How neat :-)

How wonderful that your feathered friend is 20!


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi There, Michele,

Yes, he is 20 years old. I don't know what their life span is, but I'm glad I've had him 20 years. I decided to use him as my Christmas partridge. Lol. He enjoyed modeling for me. He is very sweet and docile. Will sit on my shoulder for as long as I let him.

Thank you for coming by and commenting. I hope you had a great day!

Christmas blessings,



Paprikash Soup is delicious the next day as well. And you can use any and all of your favorite veggies in there. What makes it Hungarian Paprikash Soup is the paprika you saute the veggies in, before adding the liquid. Let me know how you liked it, after you tried it. Jo Etvagyat! (Good Appetite.)

Holiday cheers!


ancient one said...

And I was going to say.."Cats and Birds??"... then I read your comments and found my answer... when the cat's away the dove gets to fly...LOL

My sister was telling me that she saw three deer very near her back door last night. I asked if she got a picture and she said no... So then I spent a good part of our conversation talking about you and your blog and all the pictures of deer you have shown us.. She said I never thought of the camera until they were gone.

Christmas Blessings to you too!!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wonderful! Such a neat friend to have.

I’ve thought several times about getting a bird to share my house, but I fear that Alex, the cat who owns me, might take umbrage, at the very least, about a bird joining our household. Of course, Alex might also behave the way Sylvester does toward Tweety Bird.

Nonna said...

how sweet! Your little dove is adorable!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Ann,

I guess we're not always ready to take pictures, unless we carry the camera at all times. But the deer around here are always around, and not a bit camera shy!

Thank you for visiting!


Mr. Nick,

Thanks so much for coming by!

Hi Nonna,

Nice to see you!

Holiday cheers to everyone.


Karen H. said...

Good Morning Renie,
I see you haven't posted yet. I just wanted to come by and see how you were doing. I am cold this morning. It is 43 degrees right now. The next few days our temperatures are going to be on a rollercoaster ride. Tomorrow the high is only gonna be 45 degrees. By Sunday the high is going to be 70 degrees. I am feeling chilled to the bone. My feet are cold and when my feet get cold, it takes a good while for me to warm up. I may have to jump back in bed under the covers. LOL. Well, take care my friend and have a great Wednesday. May God Bless You.

Karen H.
P.S. I was up at 4:45a.m. and seen you hadn't put a post up yet.

Patty said...

Good Morning Renie,
It's cold, snowing and blowing here, most of the schools are closed for the day. Ice under the snow.

You must have a very good nature when it comes to animals and birds. We had one little zebra finch that lived almost 14 years, he had gone through two mates, the third mate turned out to be another male, and they could not stand to be in the same cage, so I had two cages sitting side by side. The younger male (Rocky)died, and that left Sylvester. When we first got the pair we called them Tweety Pie and Sylvester. When Tweety died the new one was called Tweenty Two, when she died our daughter bought a male to keep our male company, But that didn't work, as I said above.

Keep warm, stay close to your stove and indoors on a day like this.

Tina Coruth said...


What a wonderful post! I didn't know you had doves. I'm sorry you lost one. But I'm so happy the other dove is doing fine. He sure is a handsome bird! I love the photo!

Take care.


Mary said...


Your dove is sooo beautiful. I love him. Imagine having your very own dove in a fern tree. hehe. I'm amazed that he is 20 years old. How old is their normal life span?

Thanks for sharing. This is incredible.


Leann said...

I thought I left a comment yeserday but it must not have gone on.the thing was acting up and wouldnt post comments.
Ill try again.
we have those little doves at the park in a town near us.I love to listen to them when they sing or coo.they are so darn sweet.wish I had a bigger place to have a pet.but this place is already too darn small.
it snowed here all day yesterday,6 inches or more in some places.
so the nice job my son in law did monday at ceaning my van off was short lived.Oh well life goes on...
it was so pretty watching it come down and being able to be in and warm.
but I always pitty the poor animals out in people can come home to a warm home but they have to make do out side.
have a good day.

Baba Doodlius said...

Birds are cool. If you like doves you should check out parrots!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Karen,

Well, I was up at 4 AM! So I beat you to it Karen. Lol. Cold, blustery day today in our region. It's been a yo yo like weather hasn't it? Tomorrow rain, then it will warm up again, and get cold again. But, at least it makes life more interesting. Lol. Thank you kindly for coming by. Take care and God bless!


Hi Patty,

Well, I think I have an affinity for animals. All animals. It's a blessing in many ways, but I am too sensitive to their pains, their hard lives. When I see a poor, homely opossum out there at night, looking for food and obviously cold, I want to bring it in the house and feed it! Of course, I can't, so I throw some scraps out for the poor creature. It's not good to be like me. Lol.

My daughter and older son, who live in Ohio, have been telling me about the snow and the cold. Of course, they seem to enjoy it. I don't know where they get that from! Lol.

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

Christmas blessings,


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Tina,

Yes, I've had the doves for over 20 years. I think I even had pictures of them way back when, at the Suite.
Kookooroo, my partridge in the fern tree, is doing well, thank goodness. He is a sweetie.

Always a delight to see you here, Tina.




Isn't he cute? I don't know their life span, but I will do a search and find out. Thank you for coming by and for the nice comment.

Christmas blessings,


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Leann,

The little ring necked doves are very sweet. They are pet doves. Some people call them love birds, but love birds are a bit different from the ring neck's.

I bet the snow makes everything look beautiful. I hope you've been taking pictures with your magic camera! Our weather has been this and that. Mild one day (60s and low 70s) cold the next. The other day when we were near 70 degrees, I saw some people in town wearing shorts!

Thank you for coming by, dear Leann. I always enjoy hearing from you. Take care and God bless!


Renie Burghardt said...

Baba Doodlius,

I agree. Birds are cool. And I love parrots as well. Thanks for reading and commenting. I took a peek at your blog, and found it very interesting. I'll come and visit again. Hope you return here dometime.

Take care!


Leann said...

dear renie;I just came by to tell you I wrote a new story the Lord gave me the idia for this if you get time stop over and check it out.your a writer and Id like your comment.
have a good night.
and thanks for the sweet words.
O the story is called "the lamb of God."its under the christmas tree ones and the little poem.

Renie Burghardt said...


Loved your story! It was very touching of faith lost and found again. Thank you for sharing it.

Love and blessings,


audrey` said...

Dearest Renie

I love your little dove.
He is so lovely.

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of the other dove.

Please take care.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Audrey,

My little dove is a sweet little bird. The other one is flying around free in the place beyond the rainbow.

Thank you for visiting. Take care and God bless, my friend.