- Aug 22, 2015
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Unfortunately, the dove passed away on 16 October 2019. She'd been with us just a few months short of seventeen years.
Sorry to hear that Bob.
An unfortunate thing about pets is that they usually don't live nearly as long as we do, so having a pet nearly always means that one day, you're going to have to deal with the death of that pet. In my own nearly six decades of life, I've outlived more than half a dozen cats, as well as a few other unusual pets.What terribly sad news. I'm sorry for your loss.
I have no idea what Ava's age was, when she showed up on our doorstep in Lompoc, on the cold winter night of 29 December 2002, cold and hungry and badly injured. She did not grow or develop in the time she was with us, so clearly, she was already fully-grown and mature at that time. What little Googling I've done on the subject gives the life-expectancy of a domesticated ringneck dove as anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five years. So the almost seventeen years that she was with us solidly puts her in that range.
I miss having a dove around my home. My wife and I were never really bird people before, and never originally sought to have a bird as a pet. It was the bird that chose us. But there's really something about having a dove in one's home, that seems to create a sense of peace and comfort.
It looks like I will have to wait a few more months, for doves to be in season, before I can obtain another one.