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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Zoom Zoom

When you are born with a shell no one thinks you can zoom. It is the weight, they explain. The shell. It is so heavy. It slows you down. But you know the truth. Where there is a will to zoom, there is always a way. For example, let’s say your large shell-less assistant (whoContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Zoom Zoom”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Sunny With a Shell

Every species has their skillsets. Of course, some species have more skillsets than others. And not every species can multi-task their skillsets. Let’s say you happen to be a species with a shell. Lucky you. And talk about skillsets…. Check this out. You can carry your home – all of it! – right on topContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Sunny With a Shell”

Being 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 “Being Brave with Bruce: Making Friends”

Resting in Place 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 “Resting in Place with Malti: Sit and Be Fit”

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!”

Pearl, Malti & Bruce Now Have a Patreon!

Being an ambassador animal for your whole species takes a lot of hard work. Well, mostly it takes a lot of “cuteness,” but still. When you’ve got it, you’ve got to share it, and that means bringing your “A” game (or your “B” game if you happen to be Bruce) to each and every photoContinue reading “Pearl, Malti & Bruce Now Have a Patreon!”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Tag for Treats

Spend enough time on this small round blue and green planet, and you will start to realize that just because another being looks exactly like you doesn’t mean you will be automatic friends. Of course it is great when that happens. But it is just as possible that your bestie might look very different thanContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Tag for Treats”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot

When you look good, you know it. You can feel it – deep in your gut. You can see it in the eyes of other (envious) beings as they pass by. You can know it by how you are always on the menu (even after you have submitted multiple requests to be removed). But thereContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise and the Ramp

One of the most fun things about living with interspecies flock members is springing little surprises on them. Or big surprises. The best time to do this is just when your flock mates get really used to you doing things a certain way. They start making comfy little assumptions about you based on how youContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise and the Ramp”

Resting in Place with Malti: Turtle Cuddles

Daily life in an interspecies flock takes on an especially interesting dimension when most of your flock are introverts. It can sometimes feel like you spend most of your time competing to see how far away from each other you can get. But just because you like your alone-time (whether “in shell” or “out ofContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Turtle Cuddles”

Happy Day O’ Treats From Our Flock to Yours!

Living in an interspecies flock pretty much guarantees you will run across some customs that seem more than a little (or a lot) strange. Take “Halloween,” for example. This event appears to happen in phases. During the “Disguise Phase,” the large featherless / shell-less beings all pretend to be somebody else. Whoever does the bestContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Treats From Our Flock to Yours!”

Being Brave with Bruce: All That You Are

Just being born with a hard outer shell automatically means you are brave. After all, you wouldn’t come with extra built-in body armor if you didn’t need it! But not being covered in something warmer, cuddlier, often means that other beings miss perceiving the softer side of you. In other words, all they see ofContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: All That You Are”

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