Being Brave with Bruce: Window of the Soul

The decision to join an interspecies flock is not one to be taken lightly. There will be challenges. For sure. Take communication, for example. You won’t be able to have any – at least not at first. Because of this, every single aspect of flock life will seem to proceed at a glacial pace, withContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Window of the Soul”

Being Brave with Bruce: One of a Kind You

Being born with a cute curved shell and adorable orange cheek patches can make it seem like it would be so easy to be yourself. After all, who wouldn’t want to be you? The cuteness! The preciousness! The perfectness! But then again, it is all a matter of perspective. To some beings, just the sightContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: One of a Kind You”

Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans

Plans are good. In fact, plans are great. Or at least they are great until they stop working. Just like there is something to be said for planning ahead, strategizing, sticking to the tried and true, so too is there a place for mixing things up when your best laid plans have clearly made otherContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws for Days

When participation in the food chain o’ life isn’t an elective, you want to make sure you bring your very best A-game (and all its fancy accessories) to every single interaction. Suit up and then show up, so to speak. Speaking of accessories, here it can help to have a range of options to matchContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws for Days”

Being Brave with Bruce: Shades of Brave

If you are a being who has survived living in a hostile or scary or unsafe environment, other beings often label you as “brave.” And this is true. It takes a great deal of brave to survive losing your birth territory, being harassed by big hairy drooling fanged creatures, and getting passed from one homeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Shades of Brave”

Being Brave with Bruce: Getting Back Out There

Life frequently seems to present more questions than answers. There is the question of what will become of our small (shared) round blue planet. And the question of what it might be like when you get a lot older than you are now. And then there is the question of when to “get back outContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Getting Back Out There”

Being Brave with Bruce: It’s the Climb

The large shell-less beings have a saying. “When the going gets tough, it’s a good time to hibernate.” Or something like that. But there is something to be said for staying brave. For showing up. For stepping up to the plate (especially if it has a plump wriggling earthworm on it). For making the climb.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: It’s the Climb”

Being Brave with Bruce: Opening Up the Box

Being a card carrying member of the wild life doesn’t leave much time for making friends. After all, everybody needs to eat…every single day. You know the moment you wake up each morning that it is game on once again. All day, every day, you keep your eyes peeled for delicacies while remaining hyper-aware thatContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Opening Up the Box”

Being Brave with Bruce: Two Shells Is Better

There is no doubt that “the shell” is a very good design. It is lightweight, attractive, sleek and stealthy. Tired? Take a snooze inside your shell. Looking for lunch? Hunker down in your shell to scope for snacks. Looking like lunch? Snap shut and send the predator packing for greener (well, browner) pastures. Depending onContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Two Shells Is Better”

Being Brave with Bruce: Good Luck Box Turtle

Moving into an interspecies flock means getting a crash course in how other species see the world. For example, you might notice that your large shell-less rescue mama really has a thing for these small round red creatures with dots and antennae. She seems to feel better – luckier – when they are around. You,Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Good Luck Box Turtle”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Upgrade

It can be advantageous to have a totally secure box you can close yourself up into whenever danger strikes. Then again, it can also be awfully lonely. It can be easy to psych yourself out, in there all by yourself. Obviously, the ideal scenario would be to invite a friend to shelter inside your boxContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Upgrade”

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”

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