Janie Jeness Post: How an Alpha Gets Born

When you are a young feathered being raised in an interspecies flock, you may at first struggle to grasp and claim your rightful place in the flock pecking order. After all, the ones without feathers are undeniably larger than you are in every way. Plus they act like they know better than you do about when and howContinue reading “Janie Jeness Post: How an Alpha Gets Born”

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!”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: a Perfect Parrot

It doesn’t take much time at all living in an interspecies flock before you realize that the tuneless squawking that your large featherless assistant calls “words” can cause a lot of confusion. Take the word “perfect,” for example. To your featherless biographer, this word has several definitions, each modified by time, place, personality and circumstance.Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: a Perfect Parrot”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Born Brave

As the old saying goes, “it is always five o’clock somewhere.” And everyone knows what five o’clock is – dinnertime. In other words, somebody, somewhere, is always on the prowl for their dinner. As a plump, round and delicious prey species, you are always on the menu. Which basically means you are born brave. ChoosingContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Born Brave”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fierce and Feathery

Being born covered in soft downy feathers has its ups and its downs. Its pros and its cons. The pros speak for themselves. Feathers. Wings. “Cuteness.” So much of it, in fact, that you have to work extra-hard to show off any of your other many fine qualities. Like “fierceness,” for example. Just because youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fierce and Feathery”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fluffy With a Side of Feathers

Spend much time in an interspecies flock and you will quickly notice something odd about your large featherless flock mates. They have a fascination with something called “the weather forecast.” Take your large featherless assistant, for instance. Hot, cold, sunny, not sunny, dark, light, windy, not windy – it is all equally interesting if youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fluffy With a Side of Feathers”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reaching New Heights

There is nothing more frustrating than receiving a fresh set of new challenges when you ordered “millet with a side of waffles” and a “single and seeking” ladybird to share it with. Clearly, your large featherless waitress has mixed up your order yet again. To make matters worse, now the challenges have decided you lookContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reaching New Heights”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Good Reason to Stretch

“Stretching” is under-rated. Sometimes it can seem like if something doesn’t just come to you effortlessly, it isn’t meant for you. But when you are born as a small and delicious prey species, you know the predators don’t see it that way. Anything as tasty as you is worth stretching for! And so you alsoContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Good Reason to Stretch”

Happy Day O’ Treats From Our Flock to Yours!

Living in an interspecies flock pretty much guarantees you will run across some customs that seem more than a little (or a lot) strange. Take “Halloween,” for example. This event appears to happen in phases. During the “Disguise Phase,” the large featherless / shell-less beings all pretend to be somebody else. Whoever does the bestContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Treats From Our Flock to Yours!”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Song In Your Heart

Waking up for another whole day is not for amateurs. You just never know who might be waiting – or how hungry they may be feeling. But there are places to go, things to do and ladybirds to meet. So “up” it is….scared or not, prepared or not. The first thing you want to doContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Song In Your Heart”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Kitchen Cockatiel

When you are small and round and covered in downy feathers, other beings may not automatically assume you know your way around a kitchen. They won’t look at you and instantly think you have the keenest and most sensitive of gourmet palates. And most won’t ever change their mind about this, either. But you don’tContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Kitchen Cockatiel”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: The Brave and the Fluffy

Even if you have downy soft fluffy feathers completely covering your body and can “cuteness stun” potential predators like nobody’s business, you still never know what a day may bring. So you have to bring both. The brave and the fluffy. This way, if you try “fluffy” and it doesn’t work, you still have “brave.”Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: The Brave and the Fluffy”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Getting Creative

There is no such thing as an un-creative individual. In fact, have you ever noticed there isn’t even a word for a being who lacks creativity? This is because the word for that being is “lunch.” In other words, just surviving through the lunch rush can take some pretty fancy footwork. To get creative isContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Getting Creative”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: What Goes Down

Up is good. Up feels great. Everyone likes “up.” But then there is what comes next. Down. Down has fewer fans. Some outright foes. And more than a few frenemies. Yet “up” and “down” aren’t so different, in the sense that when you are down, well, you know what is coming next. That’s right. Up!Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: What Goes Down”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be a Waffle Hero

Everyone needs a hero sometimes. But not everyone who needs a hero is equally good at letting others know. Some beings need extra encouragement to open up about the hard times. For instance, they might be the “strong and silent” type that struggles to ask for help. Or they might just not wear their emotionsContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be a Waffle Hero”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Bread

Sometimes life hands you big challenges. And you can’t always count on others to appreciate what you are facing. From the outside looking in, your life might look easy peasy – so posh and pampered. But from the inside looking out, you know you have big responsibilities on your tiny feathery shoulders. For example, youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Bread”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Master Rooster

Being the “alpha” flock member is a big job. Everybody thinks they want that job until they get it. Then they find out why you need so many restful naps (“beta” flock members are hard work!). Of course, an experienced “alpha” knows how to make the job easier. For starters, you want to stick togetherContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Master Rooster”

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