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”

Bruce the Rescued Box Turtle: Hand In Paw

Meet and greets with a species that is not your own can present some challenges. For starters, perhaps where you come from there typically aren’t any (on account of how you never really can know for sure when “meeting” might turn into “eating”). But then you happen upon a rather odd and very large shell-lessContinue reading “Bruce the Rescued Box Turtle: Hand In Paw”

Pearl the Cockatiel: Happy Day Every Day

Happy days happen to all of us. So do less-happy days. And here is where being born covered in soft and fetching aerodynamic feathers really comes in handy! Because once you figure out what those two attractive and graceful appendages on either side of your adorable round body are there for, you can use them.Continue reading “Pearl the Cockatiel: Happy Day Every Day”

Being Brave with Bruce: Hay Is for Hibernating

Being a box turtle means you have a cozy home ready and waiting anytime you are in the mood for some you-time. When it is warm out, you might feel like staying out late, making hay while the sun shines, so to speak. But when temperatures cool down and the days grow short, you areContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hay Is for Hibernating”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Silver Lining

Into every life a little rain must fall. This is to be expected. What is not quite so expected, however, is when the rain falls indoors. What is really not expected is when the indoor rain falls directly on top of you. Let’s say you are just minding your own indoor business, secure in theContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Silver Lining”

Being Brave with Bruce: Hello Love

Some days are just different than all the others. You won’t necessarily know it when you wake up. That this will be the day you will be rescued. Meet your person – the one who will care for you for life. Join your forever flock. Maybe all you know is that you are going toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hello Love”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Stage Parront

From the perspective of the paparazzi, being born covered in soft fetching feathers means you’ve got it made. Welcome to a lifetime of adoration. The heavens will part. Waffle-flavored snacks will pour from the sky (or at least from your personal Small Chef’s kitchen). Beings without any feathers will clamor for your beak-o-graph. Ladybirds willContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Stage Parront”

Being Brave with Bruce: Making An Entrance

As spring swings into full gear, things start to get competitive. At least if you happen to be in the egg-making frame of mind. After the long winter’s sleep, everyone is well rested (perhaps a little too well rested). Sure, you look very cute. You’ve checked and double checked and triple checked and all signsContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Making An Entrance”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Let Your Beak Shine Brightly

As a gourmet connoisseur with feathers, it doesn’t take long to notice different diners have different rating systems. For example, your large featherless flock mates like to use stars. Which is okay. It could be worse. Like shells or something. Feathers would be better. But the best – by far – is to show ratherContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Let Your Beak Shine Brightly”

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”

Being Brave with Bruce: Tall Dark and Climbing

Every being has their talents. Their secret sauce. Their special skills. This is never more apparent than when you choose to cohabitate in an interspecies flock. Your flock mates come in all shapes and sizes. And their talents are….what is the best way to put this….unique. Take your small feathery brother, for instance. His specialContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Tall Dark and Climbing”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Feathers and the Fur

Sometimes old sayings are the truest sayings. Birds of a feather flock together. Hear, hear. Especially if they happen to be fetching and feathery eligible ladybirds and you are a single, solo and suave manly manbird. Yet not everyone shares your (wise and wonderful) world view. Let’s say you happen to live in an interspeciesContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Feathers and the Fur”

Being Brave with Bruce: If the Slipper Fits

Just because you are a single, solo and suave manly male box turtle doesn’t mean all your worries are over. There is such a thing as survival of the species. Here, it is going to take more than sheer force of cuteness to accomplish this goal. After all, you don’t exactly stand out. In fact,Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: If the Slipper Fits”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Your Inner Eagle

Some days, being perceived as small and fluffy and cute might suit you. Delicacies and neck feather scratches and posh new wicker nests appear like magic. The world is keenly aware of your presence and eagerly keen to get as close to you as possible. But then there are the other days. The days whenContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Your Inner Eagle”

Being Brave with Bruce: Tell Tail Signs

Hiding is an art. It is not enough to just be wearing camouflage. Or to be very stealthy. Or even to have the ability to close up entirely into your ground-covered box. To hide effectively, you can’t think like yourself. Or even like your apex predator. Nope. To hide to the point where seeking becomesContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Tell Tail Signs”

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