Zoya’s birthday celebration part 1: 

Have you ever seen a tortoise thwacking a piñata? Well now you have! 

We celebrated Zoya’s birthday with a tortely awesome party! It including presents. cards, a piñata and (of course) plenty of noms. Here are a few highlights. More to come! 

Zoya’s birthday celebration part 1: 

Have you ever seen a tortoise thwacking a piñata? Well now you have! 

We celebrated Zoya’s birthday with a tortely awesome party! It including presents. cards, a piñata and (of course) plenty of noms. Here are a few highlights. More to come! 

Zoya’s birthday celebration part 1: 

Have you ever seen a tortoise thwacking a piñata? Well now you have! 

We celebrated Zoya’s birthday with a tortely awesome party! It including presents. cards, a piñata and (of course) plenty of noms. Here are a few highlights. More to come! 

Zoya’s birthday celebration part 1: 

Have you ever seen a tortoise thwacking a piñata? Well now you have! 

We celebrated Zoya’s birthday with a tortely awesome party! It including presents. cards, a piñata and (of course) plenty of noms. Here are a few highlights. More to come! 

@jeffmusk provided the most exciting gift Zoya received! A large flowering Kale plant for her enclosure! AWESOME!! Winter is near and having to stay indoors, with no real plants to nom on, dominate, or dig up is just … no fun at all! Clearly a sign of true love is knowing just the right gift to get a tortie through winter… but Zoya’s told me in private (Shh don’t share) that she hearts @jeffmusk regardless of presents its the thoughtfulness that makes her swoon. 

Mama got her a fashionable hoodie for the cold new england winters. Has enough space for a heat pack but mostly just makes her feel cool. She’s strutting her stuff as you can see. 

@jeffmusk provided the most exciting gift Zoya received! A large flowering Kale plant for her enclosure! AWESOME!! Winter is near and having to stay indoors, with no real plants to nom on, dominate, or dig up is just … no fun at all! Clearly a sign of true love is knowing just the right gift to get a tortie through winter… but Zoya’s told me in private (Shh don’t share) that she hearts @jeffmusk regardless of presents its the thoughtfulness that makes her swoon. 

Mama got her a fashionable hoodie for the cold new england winters. Has enough space for a heat pack but mostly just makes her feel cool. She’s strutting her stuff as you can see. 

@jeffmusk provided the most exciting gift Zoya received! A large flowering Kale plant for her enclosure! AWESOME!! Winter is near and having to stay indoors, with no real plants to nom on, dominate, or dig up is just … no fun at all! Clearly a sign of true love is knowing just the right gift to get a tortie through winter… but Zoya’s told me in private (Shh don’t share) that she hearts @jeffmusk regardless of presents its the thoughtfulness that makes her swoon. 

Mama got her a fashionable hoodie for the cold new england winters. Has enough space for a heat pack but mostly just makes her feel cool. She’s strutting her stuff as you can see. 

@jeffmusk provided the most exciting gift Zoya received! A large flowering Kale plant for her enclosure! AWESOME!! Winter is near and having to stay indoors, with no real plants to nom on, dominate, or dig up is just … no fun at all! Clearly a sign of true love is knowing just the right gift to get a tortie through winter… but Zoya’s told me in private (Shh don’t share) that she hearts @jeffmusk regardless of presents its the thoughtfulness that makes her swoon. 

Mama got her a fashionable hoodie for the cold new england winters. Has enough space for a heat pack but mostly just makes her feel cool. She’s strutting her stuff as you can see. 

Zoya has doubled in size since I’ve had her and (if its even possible) doubled in personality! She has developed a love of petunias, getting dirty, dominated her auntie, become besties with her cousin Chairman Meow, and of course found true love against all species specified love. 

She’s been a busy girl and given me a lot to brag about here. She also brought me a love of all shells and finding and sharing that love with all of you. Thanks for Following!! Keep sharing your pics, stories, etc! Promise to get back to answering the giant backlog of asks soon. hug a tortoise or turtle today! Happy birthday Zoya! 

Zoya has doubled in size since I’ve had her and (if its even possible) doubled in personality! She has developed a love of petunias, getting dirty, dominated her auntie, become besties with her cousin Chairman Meow, and of course found true love against all species specified love. 

She’s been a busy girl and given me a lot to brag about here. She also brought me a love of all shells and finding and sharing that love with all of you. Thanks for Following!! Keep sharing your pics, stories, etc! Promise to get back to answering the giant backlog of asks soon. hug a tortoise or turtle today! Happy birthday Zoya! 

Another Zoya Story: Zoya studies abroad

So I’ve mentioned before that Zoya and I moved to England for a while when I was attending the University of Surrey. Because of certain medical conditions, which would ultimately become the reason we did not return, I was able to bring her with me after a LOT of paperwork and a little bitty microchip. 

Upon our arrival to the UK we were set to live in a single person dorm room that was well.. really really small. I found a decent container and set out to find stuff to build her the castle she deserved, even in a dorm room. I collected two cheap canvas under the bed drawers, a collapsable box, some tape and a butter knife and built her a home about as big as my bed. hah.

I obsessively cleaned the floors so I could let her wander a bit while I worked and not worry about her finding anything to nibble on. I quickly discovered just how crafty these little ones are. She managed to wander under the chair and over to the side of her new home, hoist herself up on the dust buster, and try and crawl into her house from the outside. I found her dangling her little legs out of the side having pushed a desk chair and the dust buster out of the way. Its hard not to be impressed with that!

She also tried her hand at footy, happily enjoying world cup soccer on tv and in her terrarium. She met lots of people who had torties in their gardens and got to eat some dandelions. Fun times for a traveling tortoise. 

Another Zoya Story: Zoya studies abroad

So I’ve mentioned before that Zoya and I moved to England for a while when I was attending the University of Surrey. Because of certain medical conditions, which would ultimately become the reason we did not return, I was able to bring her with me after a LOT of paperwork and a little bitty microchip. 

Upon our arrival to the UK we were set to live in a single person dorm room that was well.. really really small. I found a decent container and set out to find stuff to build her the castle she deserved, even in a dorm room. I collected two cheap canvas under the bed drawers, a collapsable box, some tape and a butter knife and built her a home about as big as my bed. hah.

I obsessively cleaned the floors so I could let her wander a bit while I worked and not worry about her finding anything to nibble on. I quickly discovered just how crafty these little ones are. She managed to wander under the chair and over to the side of her new home, hoist herself up on the dust buster, and try and crawl into her house from the outside. I found her dangling her little legs out of the side having pushed a desk chair and the dust buster out of the way. Its hard not to be impressed with that!

She also tried her hand at footy, happily enjoying world cup soccer on tv and in her terrarium. She met lots of people who had torties in their gardens and got to eat some dandelions. Fun times for a traveling tortoise.