Be Brave with Bruce: Long Winter Nap

When you depend on the weather to regulate your personal thermostat, all seasons are not created equally. This is why summer is for basking. Socializing. Making (er) eggs while the sun shines. And winter? Winter is for napping. When it gets cold outside, the last place you want to be is out there with it.Continue reading “Be Brave with Bruce: Long Winter Nap”

Rest for Success with Malti: If the Bath Fits

Every day, some things stay the same. And some things change. Like you, for example. Maybe you still have all your cute red dots (and your orange and yellow dots, come to think of it). You still prefer the same favorite delicacies. And you still like to take life at a leisurely pace. There isContinue reading “Rest for Success with Malti: If the Bath Fits”

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”

Flock Life with Shannon: Learning Their Language

Unlock this post for just $3 a month by becoming our flock Patreon Patron :-)This content is available exclusively to members of Shannon’s Patreon at the time of posting. Become a patron at $3 or more to get exclusive content like this in the future. Unlock with PatreonAlready a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to accessContinue reading “Flock Life with Shannon: Learning Their Language”

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”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Cold Blood, Warm Heart

Rumor has it that beings with shells are “cold-blooded.” As so many rumors go, this one is interesting for sure. And also wrong. Sure, your exterior often feels cool to the touch – except when you’ve been basking under your toasty warm indoor UV lamp or in the occasional direct warm winter sunbeam. In otherContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Cold Blood, Warm Heart”

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!”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Making Snow While the Sun Shines

Being covered in soft downy feathers practically guarantees you will be dodging the paparazzi for life. And while hiring a large featherless MommyGuard can keep the workload manageable, it may also bring with it some rather odd customs you have to get used to. For example, let’s say you live in the south. The sub-tropicalContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Making Snow While the Sun Shines”

Happy Birthday Pearl & His Mama!

Yup. You guessed it (from the clever title to this blog post, no doubt). Someone small and feathery and very cute and his slavishly devoted mama just turned one year older. Ahem…..younger. Of course, in true flock tradition, today is a day for festivities. For feasting. For quality time with the whole flock, which includesContinue reading “Happy Birthday Pearl & His Mama!”

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”

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