Larry, our gray cheek parakeet, died Tuesday night. On Monday he was not himself, on Tuesday he seemed quite ill. He passed during the night on Tuesday.

Gary got Larry in the spring of 2000 from a breeder in San Diego. When he joined us, I had an elderly Labrador Retriever named Chelsea. Larry is a fruit eater, when he finished with a grape or a piece of apple he sometimes flung it out of his cage. Chelsea learned this was a food source, she would sit by his cage and beg for fruit scraps.

Larry will be missed. I hope his spirit is in free flight with a large flock of fellow gray checks, in a place where there are lots of grapes and apples.