September 9, 2002
Griffin was Nick's pet bird. He was a cute blue parakeet that Nick loved carrying around on his shoulder. We didn't have Griffin for very long, only a few months. A friend of Nick bought the bird and was looking for a new home for him. Nick has always loved Varli's bird Toodles and had been lobbying for a bird of his own for some time. Griffin was a nice bird, but wasn't quite in love with Nick the same way Toodles is.
Now you might be asking why am I talking about Griffin in the past tense. Well since I took this picture, I found Griffin dead at the bottom of his cage, on of all days, Nick's birthday. We still don't know what the problem was, either a cold draft, or choking on some food. He was acting a bit wierd for the past few days, eating constantly. Well needless to say, I was worried how Nick would take it. Plans immediately were started on Griffin 2. We'll miss you Griffin, but life goes on.