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Picture story of the white dove

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This unbanded, domesticated white dove appeared in our yard in April 2009. She was too weak to fly. And she was thirsty. And hungry.

She spent a blustery night in this palm tree in our yard. Neither one of us got much sleep that night. This picture was taken in the morning.

When she walked under our gate toward the front yard, I knew I had to help her. I had to keep her safe. At that time Adam Lambert was a contestant on American Idol and my niece was a huge fan, and she told me I should name her Adam. I had no idea of her gender then. Later, when I realized, I had to tell her that Adam was a Madam!

On Easter Sunday, she was strong enough to be set free. She sat in her topless cage for about five minutes…and I sat with her...until a pair of mourning doves flew overhead. Then she took off without hesitation. That day seemed like a miracle to me. There were hundreds of birds in our yard that day. All of the wild birds that were normally very skittish were much more trusting. There was a family of finches around then and it was like they were celebrating. That was the hour I first believed. Believed that all wildlife communicate with each other.

Adam came back later that afternoon to eat. And she stayed…on the fence near her old palm tree.

She was content there.

PING!! A golf ball hit the iron fence…and she took off. She did come back, though, every day, morning and evening, for food and water.

Then I didn’t see her for several weeks. But she came back…she had found her mate and brought him for a visit! I said to my niece, “Okay, so what should I call HIM? Allison?” She laughed. So they are Adam and Allison. Doves mate for life.

I had no idea where she came from or what her story was. I was having lunch with my neighbor ladies one afternoon and I asked them if they had seen the white dove recently, since I hadn’t seen her for a while.

Aggie, my neighbor to the east, told me that when she was going through chemotherapy (A YEAR EARLIER!!), a white dove would come and sit on her fence EVERY DAY. Then when she was done with her treatments, she would not see the bird at all.

I hadn’t seen much of Adam during the summer months. I imagine that it was just too hot for her to venture out. Now that the weather is cooling down, I am so delighted to see her back…even if it is for only 15 minutes a day. At least I know she is still alive and she is smart enough to have survived in the wild this long. (I secretly am hoping for babies.) I know that on the days she doesn't show up here, she is sparkling someone else's day!

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    What a heart warming story. You are Adam's angel. I KNOW that all wildlife communicate. I still swear that Josh sent us two great horned owls to help us through his death. I sometimes wonder if those on the other side send their animal messengers so that they can view us through the animals eyes. I've heard that it's tough for them to come to the earth plane themselves because the energy here is so dense.

    I'm sure your Adam is still keeping his little thankful eyes on you...if not by himself...maybe through his birdie friends. I loved this blog have such a big beautiful heart! I'm so glad you are my sparkling friend! emoticon
    3506 days ago
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    What a wonderful experience! Isn't she beautiful!
    thank you so much for sharing her with us .. just loved the photos! Hugs Susie
    3519 days ago
    Claudia ~ What a beautiful picture must publish this as an article for a magazine......seriously. I loved it!
    This blog just made my day brighter ~ Thank you!
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog - I really appreciate you!

    ~ Laura
    3933 days ago
    Oh this story made the hair on the back of my neck stand up! How lovely and what a gift for you!!! That she brought her mate back to visit and show him the kind and wonderful woman who saved her life!!! I am so glad she's returned! I too believe animals communicate and that they know people who are pure in spirit (and one of those would be you my dear). Beautiful story.
    3933 days ago
  • KARVY09
    That was so great! I love that story and how you were able to take such great photos of Adam and Allison. SO CUTE! What a joy it must be to keep a lookout for them!

    Thanks so much for this!
    3933 days ago
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