In Memory of My Best Friend Mal

Up until recently, my best friend 'Mal' followed me around the house like a little dog. Mal was going to be five this October. During this five years Mal and I created the best relationship human and animal have ever had.

Mal loved to play with fingers, and especially toes, he'd have a shower with me in the morning, and even share my breakfast (not to mention morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner). Mal was the best friend I spent 14 years searching for.

I can still remember the day that we bought Mal home, he would snuggle into our clothes and happily go to sleep. I stuck by him when he was sick, and he would stick by me, especially when I was lonely.

I never thought that I have to face the day that Mal wouldn't be there when I get home, I thought that he'd stay around forever. I feel now that I don't have anyone around to spill all my secrets to, or to turn to in times of need.

None of my friends realise how attached I was to Mal, yet it is alright for them to be that attached to their dog or cat. I cannot have dogs or cats, because I am allergic to them ,but to tell you the truth I would much prefer a budgie.

As I said before, Mal loved to play with toes, especially at the dinner table and just this June (1998) we were at the dinner table, my brother got up to get something, and did not realise that Mal was on the floor. Anyway Mal got in the way of my brother's foot, and took a turn for the worst.

I was absolutely devastated, and still prey every night just to say hello, and let him know how much I miss him. I still visit him in his resting place in our backyard, and talk to him, and cry.

I was so angry with God for taking him away from me, however I know "what's to be will be, the future's not ours to see".

For now, I let Mal know, in my prayers, that everyday that goes by, is a day closer I am to seeing him.

I am 18 years old, and I would just like to let all you budgie lovers out there to love your budgie more and more each day, and I hope that the death of you budgie never comes, for I know how much pain you will feel.

For now Mal Rest In Peace.

- Submitted by Lauren

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