Be the Cuteness with Pearl: No Waffling

Sometimes you just know. This tends to happen more often when you have feathers, however. Feathered beings are naturally very confident. They are also naturally very cute. This is not a coincidence. The moment an adorable feathered being tumbles out of their small oval-shaped escape pod and hears their first “oohs” and “ahhhs” of theContinue reading “Be the Cuteness with Pearl: No Waffling”

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”

Rest for Success 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 “Rest for Success with Malti: Fashion Forward Tortoise”

Be the Cuteness with Pearl: Dinner and a Show

As every very cute being knows, “cuteness” is its own language. All other explanations are optional. You can just show up, look very cute, and watch all the other beings rearrange themselves in line behind you. This is always convenient. Where it becomes especially convenient is when a choice delicacy appears. Everyone wants it. AndContinue reading “Be the Cuteness with Pearl: Dinner and a Show”

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”

Rest for Success 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 “Rest for Success with Malti: Sit and Be Fit”

Be the Cuteness with Pearl: Nest for Success

As any manly manbird will tell you, nesting is not for amateurs. Nothing is, when there are ladybirds involved. Ladybirds can be particularly, well, particular, especially when it comes to their eggs. Only the poshest, softest, safest, most secure and private nesting site will do. And that nesting site must be manned by the fiercestContinue reading “Be the Cuteness with Pearl: Nest for Success”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Rise and Shine

Into every day a little (or a lot) of uncertainty may fall. The same might be said of certain years. Yet each new sunrise brings with it another choice. You can tuck your soft downy head back under your soft downy wing. Or you can rise and shine to greet the day. The more enthusiasticContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Rise and Shine”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: With Parrot

When you are a flock mama, you know there are two methods to accomplish any task on the daily to-do list. The first way is “without parrot.” This way is expedient. Efficient. Quiet. And absolutely no fun. Guess what the second way is? Not surprisingly, “with parrot” is much cuter. It comes with free spontaneousContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: With Parrot”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Couch Potato A Day

Just like each being has their own unique personality, so too does each day have its own unique way of being. Some days are oh-so-active days – all go, no stop, eat it all, check it all off the list. And then there are the other days. Thank goodness. You know it is going toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Couch Potato A Day”

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: A Standup Guy

Spend enough time as a card-carrying member of the food chain o’ life and it is easy to feel pigeonholed. No matter what you do, some beings will always just see you as supper. Other beings will think because you are short and shelled, they can pluck you out of your home and take youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy”

Resting in Place with Malti: Brown Is for Besties

Sometimes you meet someone and you just know. You are going to be best friends forever. It might be the look in their eyes. Or the way they like the same exact same types of treats you do. It could be how they watch over you when you are out browsing around on the lawnContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Brown Is for Besties”

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