Being Brave with Bruce: Hugs and Head Pats

Sometimes you wake up, hear the latest news and realize…. You need a hug. Or a head pat. Or maybe many head pats. Hugs and head pats won’t make the bad news go away. But they sure can make you feel braver to bear it! (Not to mention very, very loved.) Pearl, Malti, Bruce &Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hugs and Head Pats”

Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow

You don’t have to be bipedal with a big (and frankly, top-heavy) brain to figure out that sometimes it is good to go slow and let the grass grow under your feet. It is smart to stop and smell the roses (or the hibiscus, or the dandelion greens). It is wise to notice how anyContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow”

Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard

You don’t have to be out of your small round white escape pod for very long before it becomes clear that the planet can be a dangerous place. Predators both enormous and infinitesimal are roaming about night and day, and no matter where you go and who you meet, everyone looks hungry. You would justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard”

Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick

In the world of the large shell-less beings, when someone is facing a big obstacle, there is such a thing as “raising the bar.” Taking it to the next level. Bringing your “A” game. Being in it to win it. Upping the ante (whatever an “ante” is). Of course, this is easier when your opponentContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick”

Resting in Place with Malti: Bask Your Troubles Away

Being born with a shell on your back can look like being born on easy street….and for good reason. Winded after a long hike? You can be enjoying all the comforts of home in the time it takes to sit down. No worries about getting lost, either – not when true north sits right aboveContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Bask Your Troubles Away”

Resting in Place with Malti: Redecorating with Watercress

After an extended period of time resting in place, you might understandably begin to get tired of the same ol’, same ol’. Same scenery. Same household furnishings. Same art. Same flock mates (SIGH). This is always the right time to bust out your “inner redecorator.” You might not think you have an inner redecorator. WhileContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redecorating with Watercress”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Basking Redfoot Tortoise

Learning how to rest in place with ease is harder than it looks. Would you believe some beings actually get, well, restless after they’ve been sitting still for some time? When you see this, it is a dead giveaway you are looking at an amateur rester (a technical term). Serious professional resters who are inContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Basking Redfoot Tortoise”

Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Munches Clover

When you rest in place for a long enough period of time, you might notice you are feeling peckish….or even developing cravings. (Although frankly, spend long enough cooped up with only your over-solicitous large shell-less mama and your small shrieking feathery brother for company and cravings will be the least of your worries.) Even so,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Munches Clover”

Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Eats a Carrot

In times when big, long, hard to pronounce (not to mention hard to spell) words that start with letters like “P” and “C” are suddenly added to nearly every sentence, it can be hard to slow down. To simply stop, even. To settle in. Get comfortable. Take a load off. Take a rest. There areContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Eats a Carrot”

Craving Comfort and Cuteness? Pearl, Malti and Bruce to the Rescue!

Boy has this last collection of days felt strange. Some of us are feeling too much togetherness. Others of us are feeling too much aloneness. All of us are feeling too much anxiousness, which also means too little comfort. Luckily, our little flock happens to know an easy way to get a lot more ofContinue reading “Craving Comfort and Cuteness? Pearl, Malti and Bruce to the Rescue!”

Day 244: Cockatiel Meets His Inner Tortoise

“Birds of a feather” and all that aside, when you live in an interspecies flock, it just makes sense to keep on good terms with your shelled flock mates. After all, you may look really different on the outside, but on the inside you share an ancient and noble lineage right down to your DNA.Continue reading “Day 244: Cockatiel Meets His Inner Tortoise”

Day 92: Tortoise Visits Shelled Support Circle

Living amongst the large shell-less beings has its perks. There are the gourmet hand-fed meals, the shell scratches, the cozy heated seats. But life in an interspecies flock also has its drawbacks….like the continually lurking paparazzi, the needy single box turtle living one habitat over from yours, your small shrieking feathered brother. Sometimes you justContinue reading “Day 92: Tortoise Visits Shelled Support Circle”

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