Venette’s affectionate pet bird escaped her northwest Lubbock home recently,
she was not sure she’d ever see Kazooie again.
But a few days
later, Kazooie was back in her cage with her sister, thanks to the Lubbock
Country Club’s unofficial bird rescue process.
found the friendly bird on the third hole on a Sunday and drove it to the Pro
Shop, where Mike Raschke made a
cage out of ball bins and fed it some crackers.
He walked around the Pro Shop with Kazooie on his
shoulder for about 30 minutes.
But with The Club closed Monday, they couldn’t leave the bird
in the makeshift ball-bin cage.
Staff borrowed a
cage from a member and waitress Victoria Rushing took the bird home.
By then, a
picture of the bird had been posted on The Club’s Facebook page. Brittani’s mom
posted photos on missing pet sites.
Someone saw one
of the posts on the missing pet site and The Club’s Facebook post and soon
Victoria was bringing Kazooie to her grateful owner, ending three days of worry.
“I was so
worried about her getting picked off by a cat or bigger bird. It’s just amazing
to have her back,” said Brittani.
“She could have
gone states over, it’s a blessing she stayed in town,” she said.
Mike said it was
good luck the overnight temperatures were not too cold when the bird was loose.
came home, she flew to her cage and got some food and water.
“Then she talked
to her sister and went to sleep,” said her owner.
started when Brittani went to wash the six-foot-tall cage her birds call home.
She takes the cage outside to spray it down and then brush it clean.
One of the legs
under the cage came loose, the cage fell, the door came loose and Kazooie went
sure the door was secure so the other bird would not go, Brittani looked around
for 10-15 minutes trying to find Kazooie.
Over the next few
days, she walked around her neighborhood with one of the bird’s bell toys on
her hip – but had no luck.
But her bird was
making friends at Lubbock Country Club where the efforts of a member and staff
were soon to lead to a happy reunion for a worried bird owner.