Be Brave with Bruce: Making Friends

Making your own way in the world isn’t for the un-brave. Every day, there are decisions to be made, choices to be weighed. Hide or hunt? Eat this or that? Stay low or say hi? Whether your goal o’ the moment is to forage up some lunch or avoid becoming dinner,  the outcome rests solelyContinue reading “Be Brave with Bruce: Making Friends”

Be Brave with Bruce: Happy Days

Interspecies life can open your mind to a whole new perspective. You can learn new customs you might never have known about otherwise. For instance, you’ve noticed how every so often a day will arrive that your flock mates like to add the word “happy” to. Happy birthday. Happy holidays. Happy World Turtle Day (aContinue reading “Be Brave with Bruce: Happy Days”

Box Turtle Whisperer

I have been called a lot of things…. …..but “box turtle whisperer” is hands-down my favorite.  Since I was eight I have been sharing my life with parrots and turtles. First it was a parakeet named Perky and a red-eared slider named Red (super-creative, right?). But hey, I was 9 at the time and heContinue reading “Box Turtle Whisperer”

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!”

Being Brave with Bruce: Coming Out of Your Box

You know you’ve won the genetic lottery when you pop out of your small round white escape pod and discover you are wearing a handy “box.” So unlike most beings (aka the less lucky ones), you’ve just traded one cloaking device for another. Anytime something wanders by that looks a little too curious – orContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Coming Out of Your Box”

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!”

Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come

If you love to sleep, there is no better species to be than a box turtle. Talk about a sleep maestro! When everyone else is slogging through the cold and the damp and the windy that is the cold season, you are hunkered down for an extended restful snooze. (On a side note, this handilyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come”

Being Brave with Bruce: Trust Does a Body Good

“Trust” isn’t a very popular concept in the greater food chain o’ life. In other words, it’s all one big happy until somebody gets eaten. But just because trusting others didn’t exactly come pre-installed in your survival skills 101 toolkit doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to trust when the moment is right. Let’s sayContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Trust Does a Body Good”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: Family We Choose

In the world of the large shell-less beings, there is a saying. “Family is the flock you choose.” Or something like that. But what many beings don’t realize is that your family flock members don’t all have to be from your same species. In fact, you can populate your family o’ choice with any speciesContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: Family We Choose”

Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up

Low to the ground is a very interesting place to live. There is so much to see and do! When you keep your eyes on the ground, you will be the first to spot that plump and perfectly slow escargot arriving just in time for your noon repast. Fixing your eyes on the low horizonContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up”

Happy Day O’ Eating from Our Flock to Yours!

Today is a great day to be alive. And hungry. It is an especially great day if you happen to have a personal Small Chef who fixes all your favorite “hand-fed” delicacies exactly the way you like them to be fixed. Of course, this can also make you feel grateful. Very grateful. So grateful thatContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Eating from Our Flock to Yours!”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: the Good of the Whole

Being a flock mama means getting used to seeking the good of the whole. Here, it doesn’t actually matter what species your VIP clients happen to be. Your own species, a different species, all sorts of species – the common denominator is that their needs, preferences and wants always comes first. Let’s say one ofContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: the Good of the Whole”

Being Brave with Bruce: Use Your Box

There is something to be said for using your voice. Then again, there is also something to be said for using your box. In other words, it isn’t always the right time to stand up and be counted…especially if what’s doing the counting looks hungry. Just as there is a time to look for ladyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Use Your Box”

Being Brave with Bruce: Safety for Shells

Nature can come up with some pretty savvy safety features. For example, let’s say you come shooting out of your small white round escape pad with a shell on your back, a secret stash of snacks and a super-stealthy set of markings that lets you blend in whenever, wherever. For awhile, you feel very safe.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Safety for Shells”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness

There are few things in life that a heaping helping of “cuteness” can’t solve. But when one of those few things finally happens along, it is good to have a backup plan. Take the present-day global band of microscopic marauders, for example. They are known to be just as susceptible to cuteness as anyone else.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot

When you look good, you know it. You can feel it – deep in your gut. You can see it in the eyes of other (envious) beings as they pass by. You can know it by how you are always on the menu (even after you have submitted multiple requests to be removed). But thereContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot”

Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up

Spend enough time as a participating member in the food chain o’ life and you will find plenty of reasons to keep your eyes on the ground and your business to yourself. In other words, if no one knows you and no one sees you, no one can eat you. But that kind of lifeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up”

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