Malti the Redfoot Tortoise: Rainbow Hugs

Just being born with a shell automatically makes you a great candidate for being an ambassador animal. If you happen to be both shelled and ectothermic (or what your large shell-less assistant likes to call “cold-blooded”) you are even more qualified. After all, you are one of the longest-lived species on this small round blueContinue reading “Malti the Redfoot Tortoise: Rainbow Hugs”

Resting in Place with Malti: Zoom Zoom

When you are born with a shell no one thinks you can zoom. It is the weight, they explain. The shell. It is so heavy. It slows you down. But you know the truth. Where there is a will to zoom, there is always a way. For example, let’s say your large shell-less assistant (whoContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Zoom Zoom”

Resting in Place with Malti: Coming Out

There is a reason shelled beings are so fascinating to beings who don’t have shells. (Okay, there are many reasons. But this one seems to rather reliably top the list.) When you have a shell right above your own head, you don’t have to worry about all kinds of things non-shelled beings have to dealContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Coming Out”

Resting in Place with Malti: Couch Sharing

As a shelled being, you may tend to stay fairly slow and low to the ground (on account of how short you are and how heavy your shell is). But this doesn’t mean you are unaware of who is who in your little interspecies flock. With so many flock mates from different species, figuring outContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Couch Sharing”

Resting in Place with Malti: You Don’t Snooze You Lose

Resting in place isn’t for pretenders. There is an art to resting properly for longer stretches of time. Many beings waste their rest time by, well, not resting. You don’t snooze you lose. Luckily, as a shelled being, you come from a long and noble lineage of professional resters. Sure, there is a conservation aspectContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: You Don’t Snooze You Lose”

Resting in Place with Malti: Neck Pats Are Nice

Resting is nice. Resting feels good. It is fun and relaxing. But after you have been resting in place for awhile, it can start to get old. You might quite understandably begin to feel restless. Bored, even. This is always the right moment to book some spa services. For example, you might opt for aContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Neck Pats Are Nice”

Resting in Place with Malti: Plan B

It is good to be warm. Especially if you happen to be a so-called “cold-blooded” being (although you have it on good personal authority that your actual blood is toasty warm just like everybody else’s). And if you also happen to be a tropical South American being, being warm is very, very good. Oh soContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Plan B”

Resting in Place with Malti: Leafy Does It

When you are born with a shell, you also come packed chock-full o’ wisdom. Here is an example. Where your large shell-less assistant might worry herself sick about a daily schedule of sheltering in place followed by more sheltering in place, you easily see past all that to the silver lining. If you’re gonna stayContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Leafy Does It”

Resting in Place with Malti: Flowers for Shells

Everybody loves getting flowers. Flowers are very colorful. Flowers smell great. Flowers say “I love you.” When someone gives you flowers, you know you are cared for. Treasured. Adored. But how to say thank you? Sure, you could just sit right there, exuding “cuteness.” And you know your large shell-less admirer would be perfectly happyContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Flowers for Shells”

Resting in Place with Malti: Sunny With a Shell

Every species has their skillsets. Of course, some species have more skillsets than others. And not every species can multi-task their skillsets. Let’s say you happen to be a species with a shell. Lucky you. And talk about skillsets…. Check this out. You can carry your home – all of it! – right on topContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Sunny With a Shell”

Resting in Place with Malti: If the Bath Fits

Every day, some things stay the same. And some things change. Like you, for example. Maybe you still have all your cute red dots (and your orange and yellow dots, come to think of it). You still prefer the same favorite delicacies. And you still like to take life at a leisurely pace. There isContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: If the Bath Fits”

Resting in Place with Malti: Fashion Forward Tortoise

Part of being stylish is standing out. Another part is blending in….an essential aspect of any (er) survival-minded fashion strategist. Working with a powerful palette of primary colors is guaranteed to keep your personal style edgy and interesting. But what about when you want to take it to the next level? Dress it up aContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Fashion Forward Tortoise”

Resting in Place with Malti: Sit and Be Fit

There’s something about simply sitting still. Resting. Letting time pass. You know what they say about being slow and steady. It works if you work it. For example, let’s say you’re feeling peckish. But you have also just gotten settled in your nice warm relaxing tortoise spa bath. You don’t need to freak out, rushingContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Sit and Be Fit”

Happy Nearly New Year to You from Pearl, Malti, Bruce & all of us!

Boy oh boy oh boy! It is nearly here. Like in just a handful of minutes, seconds and hours. 2021. The year we’ve all been waiting nearly all of 2020 to get to. It is right there. We can almost see it. Hear it. Smell it. Taste it (at least if you are Malti). WhatContinue reading “Happy Nearly New Year to You from Pearl, Malti, Bruce & all of us!”

Resting in Place with Malti: Cold Blood, Warm Heart

Rumor has it that beings with shells are “cold-blooded.” As so many rumors go, this one is interesting for sure. And also wrong. Sure, your exterior often feels cool to the touch – except when you’ve been basking under your toasty warm indoor UV lamp or in the occasional direct warm winter sunbeam. In otherContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Cold Blood, Warm Heart”

Happiest Holidays from Our Little Flock to Yours!

Have we told you lately how happy you make us? Your good company has made this very challenging year so much brighter! We hope this post finds you well, warm, safe, comfy, resting and relaxing and enjoying all the victuals and all the love. Because you are loved, you know. You are thought of andContinue reading “Happiest Holidays from Our Little Flock to Yours!”

Pearl, Malti & Bruce Now Have a Patreon!

Being an ambassador animal for your whole species takes a lot of hard work. Well, mostly it takes a lot of “cuteness,” but still. When you’ve got it, you’ve got to share it, and that means bringing your “A” game (or your “B” game if you happen to be Bruce) to each and every photoContinue reading “Pearl, Malti & Bruce Now Have a Patreon!”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortle Bubble

Being small and slow and shelled, many other beings automatically assume you don’t know how to do tricks. Their eyes, always scanning the near horizon for things to see and do, pass right by you without a second look. Their loss. The truth is, not everyone has the eyes to see your smarts, your strength,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortle Bubble”

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