thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox Love

One of my favorite Lunchbox videos: Roly poly grapes are delicious, but tricky to eat!

Lunchbox insisted he had everything under control, but when this was still happening many minutes later, I intervened, as you can see here.

Oh Lunchbox <3 <3 

What I love most about this video is how at the very end he clearly decided to call shenanigans! “HUMOM! WHAT IS THIS CRAP! IT RUNS AWAY!” heeeeeeee 

So much love. 

R.I.P. Lunchbox

thewhimsyturtle:

Friends, I have very sad news to share with you:

Lunchbox passed away yesterday.

Peacefully, in his sleep. While I don’t know exactly what happened, most likely it was that whatever was stunting his growth finally caught up to him.*

In memoriam to Lunchbox, I will be posting photos of Lunchbox that I hadn’t yet had a chance to share with you all. Ten days of photos, for the ten wonderful years I got to share with him.

I had already queued several dual tortle posts for today; since they go together as a set (as you’ll see), I will go ahead and post the Kirby ones as planned. Starting tomorrow, I will post a mix of old and new photos of Lunchbox.

Lunchbox, I hope you are swimming in a giant pond somewhere with rocks to sun on, a big old deck to run around on, nothing red in sight, and endless noms and sunlight.

* Lunchbox was a special needs turtle in many ways. He was extremely stunted (still 2.5 in long), he developed gout last summer, and he didn’t do well with deep water. Please don’t start yelling MBD: Lunchbox did not have metabolic bone disease. He got plenty of UV and was on a healthy diet at all times. His vet and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why Lunchbox had so many issues. We ended up concluding that Lunchbox must have had some sort of congenital metabolic disorder or other genetic condition.

Yesterday was quite a shock because we really thought that Lunchbox was finally getting better this year. His vet and I managed to get his gout under control by restricting his diet to solely ReptoMin pellets, with the occasional snack of romaine lettuce. Best of all, Lunchbox was growing a bit faster (although still much slower than a normal rate), and he was finally doing better with deeper water. I had been planning to get him a great big tank this summer if he had kept improving.

In short, Lunchbox was a very special little turtle. It was amazing that he made it past his tenth birthday, and I am thankful I got to share these 10.5 years with him.

Tthere aren’t any words to express how sad I am at this news. Just like with humans, sometimes our shells are born with health problems. He was lucky to have such a wonderful humom.  He is surely dominating a big pond somewhere and giving all the turts and torts that fantastic indifferent side eye. I hope he’s enjoying lots of noms. He may have been small, but his personality was big enough to fill an ocean. 

Thank you for sharing the awesomeness that is Lunchbox with us. Sending you and Kirby all the hugs and comforting thoughts I have.  

R.I.P Lunchbox. You will never be forgotten. 

<3 Zoya and humom

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3