Guardian Animal Spirit Guide: TORTOISE/TURTLE


When the pace of life becomes too hectic the turtle shows us how to slow down and go with the flow.


If turtle has crawled into your subconscious, it may carry the message to remain mobile and flexible in your spiritual walk and not to acquire more possessions that you need. The burden of possessions can slow our spiritual journey.

The turtle teaches us to accept the world we live in and to adapt to changes when needed.

If turtle comes with a message for you, it may be interpreted to mean that you should listen closely to your physical and spiritual senses, and vibrations and move slowly and cautiously to adapt.

When the turtle negotiates uneven terrain and its weight causes it to flip over onto its rounded shell, it uses its strong neck to right itself. This ability when communicated by messages from the turtle may be a sign to use the tools at your disposal to use your inner senses and knowledge to correct the problem when your life becomes upside down.

The turtle animal spirit guide teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, those who have the turtle as animal spirit guide may be encouraged to take a break in their busy lives and look around or within themselves for more grounded, long lasting solutions. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether its inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.

The Tufts Library in Weymouth’s resident Russian tortoise, Lightening McRead, has been feeling the love of his community these last few weeks. After the bin collecting donations for his care and feeding was stollen, the community rallied to raise back the lost funds and show their support for this handsome shell. 

From the look on his face, I’d say Lightening is enjoying stardom. Some enclosure upgrades are definitely in order and may we suggest some celebratory radicchio?? mmmnomnomnom 

If you’d like to donate, address and other contact info is available on their website under contact info. Click Here


WEYMOUTH, Mass. —Lightning McRead is suddenly living large.

News partner The Patriot Ledger reports the tortoise and longtime mascot of the children’s room at the Tufts Library has been the beneficiary of an outpouring of donations in the week since a thief grabbed a water jug full of donated cash meant for his care.

“It’s just amazing,” Library Director Robert MacLean said. “It’s been a community-wide response. It’s a great silver lining to what was a sad story.”

On Sept. 4, a man grabbed the jug and ran out the door to a waiting black pickup truck, police said. The jug contained between $150 and $260 in spare change and dollar bills that library users had donated over the course of the summer.

As soon as word of the theft spread, the donations started rolling in, MacLean said. As of Friday afternoon, the library had received $484 in new donations. A resident pledged another $200 if the stolen money wasn’t recovered by the end of the day Friday.

Police had not identified a suspect as of Friday afternoon, Capt. Richard Fuller said.

The library staff decided to put the jug out this summer to help raise money for food, bedding and veterinary care for Lighting, a Russian tortoise that was given to the library by a family that could no longer care for him in 2006.

The newly donated money is being kept locked up, MacLean said.

Even Lightning seems to have been caught up in the excitement his story has generated.

“He’s peppier this week. Maybe it’s something in the air. He’s walking around and he’s a little bit more active,” MacLean said. “If we can do some nice upgrades to his tank, he should be pleased.”

No, Maggy isn’t a tortie but she *is* a dear puppy friend of ours who needs some help. If you can spare it, please donate and spread the word? 


This is Maggy, She’s a very sweet puppy with an amazing humom and they both really needs our help! (help here!)

Maggy got very sick in Mid may and while her platelet count rose briefly, sores started to appear on her body and she began having trouble walking. Her human is equally as sweet and wonderful as Maggy and she  would do anything for her pup. Tests and vet bills, and hospital stays add up and Maggy’s mom is overwhelmed with worry and bills.

If you have a spare dollar or two or more, please take a second and help Maggy get the treatment she needs to get well and give lots of snuggles for years to come.

Click Here To Help Maggie! PLEASE Spread The word! 

Thanks in advance!

PTFL & Zoya Pants  

This movie is so sad… it always makes me think of Zoya. Littlefoot was on the top of the ‘potential names’ list. I think Zoya Pants fits her better anyway. Regardless, even references to this movie make me sniffly.  I wuv my little baby dinosaur so very much. <3 <3