|Birth: ||Aug., 1950|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct., 1956|
New York, USA
Petey came to live with Emily Leatrice and Frank Jesse Torregrossa in the summer of 1950, a few months after they married and moved into their apartment in Shore Road, Brooklyn.
Emily was often asked by her neighbors why she wasn't going to have a baby right away. She would reply that Petey was her baby.
Petey was named after Emily's maternal Uncle Peter. Emily and Frank thought Petey was a male until a neighbor identified their bird as a female because her cere was brown.
Emily and Frank enjoyed having Petey come out and share breakfast with them in the morning. The bright chrome toaster on the kitchen table was an unending source of fascination and she loved to sit by it and chirp away. Emily made sure to put Petey back into her cage so she'd be safe once the toaster was in use. Petey would raise quite a fuss when taken away from the toaster. To calm her down, she was given a crisp piece of toast to nibble on after the toast was done.
When Emily and Frank bought their first home in Dyker Heights, Petey made the move with them. Life continued for Petey spending breakfast time with Emily and Frank, and exercise time each evening when they'd finish dinner.
After the birth of her daughter in 1953 Emily was unable to take care of Petey. Her father Sam was so charmed by the antics of the little budgie that he went to a local pet store and bought some seeds, toys and a new cage. When Emily came to visit her Mother and Father that weekend, Sam stated his intention to take over the care of Petey.
Under Sam's careful and attentive care, Petey lived 3 more years. She passed away from a cold. Sam buried her in the backyard of the garden of the apartment house they lived in.
Specifically: Pet budgie buried in garden.
Created by: EmilyAnn Frances May
Record added: Apr 06, 2013
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