Being Brave with Bruce: A Very Good Day

Some days you wake up and just know nothing will ever be the same again. Maybe a sizable rock slams into your small round blue planet and suddenly you have to quickly relocate underground. (On the plus side, when you finally do re-emerge, your huge slavering fanged neighbors appear to be no more. Whew.) OrContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Very Good Day”

Being Brave with Bruce: Breaking Out the Cuteness

There’s nothing like a big, unwelcome, unwanted worldwide event (like the kind that begins with a capital “P”) to make you oh-so-aware of how different species can have different coping styles. For example, some of your flock mates like a lot of togetherness (typically these are the ones covered in feathers). Others of your flock mates prefer to seekContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Breaking Out the Cuteness”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle FaceTime

Going from the wild life to the pet life is guaranteed to be a big transition. You might do the same basic things each day, but why and how you do them is often very very different. Take meeting face to face, for instance. In a wildlife setting, meeting face to face typically only meansContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle FaceTime”

Being Brave with Bruce: Capture the Cup

Spending a lot (like, seriously, a LOT) of time together all of a sudden can really bring out the best in your flock mates. Or the worst. You start to notice how little things you previously found a non-issue or only mildly irritating have now become the proverbial pea under the pillow. Or mattress. OrContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Capture the Cup”

Being Brave with Bruce: Hobbies for Shells

When you are small and scrumptious and wild, getting “bored” is not really a thing….reason being, being bored can turn into being plated (complete with parsley garnish) in short order. But when you live a life of leisure as a rescued box turtle, and especially when that life of leisure turns into a life ofContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hobbies for Shells”

Being Brave with Bruce: the Story of How a Box Turtle Found Home

Pandemics are definitely one of those times when you realize you need each other. But they aren’t the only times. For example, let’s say you are a Texas 3-toed box turtle and you are lost. Somehow, you misplaced your home. Or maybe somebody built a shopping mall on top of it and that is whyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: the Story of How a Box Turtle Found Home”

Day 362: A Box Turtle In His Hibernaculum

It is true “hibernaculum” is a bit of a mouthful. It might be just as easy to call your winter slumber chambers the “nap zone.” But this isn’t just any nap zone. It is especially constructed for big leaguers, power nappers that think catnaps are for cats (and good riddance while they’re at it). IfContinue reading “Day 362: A Box Turtle In His Hibernaculum”

Day 345: Box Turtle Nap Time

One of the biggest things to get used to after being rescued is the nonstop attention. Your rescue mama really wants you to feel at home, safe, cared for….so much so that she checks on you one or a hundred times a day (hour). It is great to know you are loved, wanted, adored. ButContinue reading “Day 345: Box Turtle Nap Time”

Day 342: Box Turtle Brunch

Being rescued can take some getting used to. After being so long on your own, never sure what a day may bring, just you against the world, suddenly you are part of a flock. They do things quite differently than anything you have ever experienced before. For instance, whereas before the only way you everContinue reading “Day 342: Box Turtle Brunch”


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