Day 335: Tortoise Begs for Treats

It can pay to be slow and low to the ground when you live in an interspecies flock. From this unique vantage point, you can quickly learn who is in charge of what and how to work them for all they are worth. For example, it doesn’t take long to learn that your large shell-lessContinue reading “Day 335: Tortoise Begs for Treats”

Day 332: Redfoot Resting Face

When you are born with a shell on your back, you can look forward to a lot of resting. A LOT of resting. After all, there is no need to work out or exercise – you do that every time you get up! And lugging around that heavy shell while foraging guarantees “calories in, caloriesContinue reading “Day 332: Redfoot Resting Face”

Day 329: The Tortoise Door of Possibility

For beings who are lucky enough to be born with shells, the structures commonly known as “doors” are largely superfluous. Want to go in? Just pull all your (very cute) appendages inside you and you are in. Ready to come back out? Just stick out your (precious and perfect) arms, tail and head and youContinue reading “Day 329: The Tortoise Door of Possibility”

Day 326: The Redfoot Of Many Colors

When you are born with red-dotted feet, it doesn’t take a lot of mental revving to figure out how the powers-that-be came up with your common species name. But just because you are known for having red dots, that doesn’t mean you can’t have other colors of dots as well. For example, perhaps you decideContinue reading “Day 326: The Redfoot Of Many Colors”

Day 324: Happiest Holidays From Our Flock to Yours!

To YOU, our dearest treasured VIP extended flock member, So much has transpired during this last year we have shared together! For starters, we have all nearly completed another whole year on this round blue planet. Wow. If that wasn’t already enough of an accomplishment in itself, some of us have also come out ofContinue reading “Day 324: Happiest Holidays From Our Flock to Yours!”

Day 323: The Good Shelled Life

Every being wants to live a good life. Of course, the details of what, precisely, a “good life” looks like can vary wildly from one individual to the next. Some seem born to carve caves out of rocks – tackling life with brute strength and a dogged determination to walk uphill from start to finish.Continue reading “Day 323: The Good Shelled Life”

Day 320: A Perfect Tortoise Poncho

Winter is definitely a time of rest. If you weren’t supposed to nap a lot in winter, then why’d they make the days so short? On days you feel especially snoozy, you may even want to extend your afternoon nap right into your evening siesta. But the one thing you don’t want to do isContinue reading “Day 320: A Perfect Tortoise Poncho”

Day 318: Happy Happy Double Flock Birthday!

Life itself is precious….there is no doubt about it. But what makes life extra precious is the chance to live with an interspecies flock. Your family is all colors, all genders, all shapes and sizes. Some are little and loud while others are little and not so loud. And some are always growing bigger (mostlyContinue reading “Day 318: Happy Happy Double Flock Birthday!”

Day 317: The Best Laid Tortoise Plans

In some situations, having a shell that covers and protects you from front to back and top to bottom is very, very good. In other situations, it might be somewhat less good. For instance, let’s say you are meandering along and you can feel a restful nap coming on. It is coming on strong andContinue reading “Day 317: The Best Laid Tortoise Plans”

Day 314: Functional, Fashionable Redfoot Tortoise Skin

Not every being is born for life under cover in the deep tropical forest. As anyone knows who has ever gone tromping through the underbrush, you never know what might be hiding inside….or how upset it might get about being disturbed. So you want to outfit yourself with the right gear for your forest adventures….likeContinue reading “Day 314: Functional, Fashionable Redfoot Tortoise Skin”

Day 311: Blueberries for Tortoises

As a hatchling tortoise, you can count on emerging from your round white escape pod feeling hungry. You have a few emergency rations, of course (these being conveniently located right on the underside of you in their own little yolk sac). But all too soon these rations will run out and you are going toContinue reading “Day 311: Blueberries for Tortoises”

Day 308: A Very Cute Tortoise At Rest

It can take a lot of resting to stay looking very cute. This is often why you will find the less-cute flock members moving around a lot and doing something called “work” while the more-cute flock members are sitting still. Resting. Accumulating cuteness with every restful in-breath and each restful out-breath. Resting could even beContinue reading “Day 308: A Very Cute Tortoise At Rest”

Day 305: Those Perfect Tortoise Nostrils

You don’t want to be born with a shell if you don’t like compliments. All it takes is one glimpse and you can expect to be showered with them anywhere and at any time. Often the first cute thing about you that new fans notice is your adorable red dotted feet. This, naturally, leads themContinue reading “Day 305: Those Perfect Tortoise Nostrils”

Day 302: The Tortoise and the Paparazzi

Fame has its perks – there is no denying that. You get your own posh, private accommodations, dedicated customer service from your own personal large shell-less assistant, a continual stream of fan mail from admirers, shell scratches and warm baths whenever you want them….and of course handfed treats galore. But it is not all sunshineContinue reading “Day 302: The Tortoise and the Paparazzi”

Day 299: A Mealworm A Day

As everyone knows, when you are born very cute, you will just get even cuter as you grow up. Since being as cute as possible is advantageous (something about “survival of the species”), the best approach is to simply go for it and get as big as possible as fast as possible so you willContinue reading “Day 299: A Mealworm A Day”

Day 297: Gratitude with Feathers and Shells

Here in our little flock, every member has their own reasons to be grateful. Pearl is grateful for his fine and fetching grey and white feathers. (One glance at his flock mates and it is easy to see how lucky he got in this department.) He is also very grateful for his tuneful voice. HisContinue reading “Day 297: Gratitude with Feathers and Shells”

Day 296: Tortoise Cuddles

When you are born cold-blooded with a shell, some beings might not immediately see you as “cuddly.” It is true you enjoy your me-time. You don’t need to be waited on hand and foot (like some of your other high-volume, high-maintenance flock members with feathers we won’t name). But now and then, togetherness-time can beContinue reading “Day 296: Tortoise Cuddles”

Day 293: A Tortoise and Her Blanket

Being a tropical tortoise from South America, you know exactly how you like your climate. WARM. Warm is good. Warmer is better. Very very warm is best of all. Since you don’t prefer to spend the cold weather days buried under a big pile of dusty hay like your smaller, clearly less discerning shelled brother,Continue reading “Day 293: A Tortoise and Her Blanket”


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