The One Where I Shock My Readers

You opened the post. I’m so glad I didn’t scare you away. Do you ever find comfort in the sameness of things, of knowing exactly what to expect, be it reading a blog or ordering your same vanilla latte every Friday morning from the same employee at the same little coffee shop? Yeah, me, too. And sometimes you walk in to that coffee shop on a Thursday, or that familiar face has been replaced by someone you’ve never seen before, and it’s jarring. The safe place has been compromised. Brace yourselves. The battlements have been breached.

You come here to see this:

Pyxis planicauda. One of the rarest of the Malagasy dwarf tortoises. Critically endangered. Hatched this week. You're welcome.

Pyxis planicauda. One of the rarest of the Malagasy dwarf tortoises. Critically endangered. Hatched this week. You’re welcome.


But today, I bring you this. Click to enlarge them. I double-dog dare you!


I know. They’re mammals, not reptiles. Sometimes I need to shake things up.  I do hope you’ll forgive me.


*** Just so’s you know, these aren’t my puppies. I have the privilege of puppy-sitting for a friend. Photographing newborn puppies? Sure, twist my arm, why don’t you?

Warning! Not Suitable For All Readers

If you are a curmudgeon, a sour puss, or a grumpy pants, turn away. I’m about to ruin your day.


Look at that face!


Seriously! All the grumpy people need to close this blog and do something else. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

How much trouble do you think these two could find together? I’m thinking maybe a lot.

Have a great weekend!

You Never Thought You’d See This On MY Blog!

I’m usually so predictable.You’ve come to expect certain things of me. I eat MoonPies, I…wait. What else do I do? Oh, yeah. I post pictures and stories of baby reptiles. Now I’m shaking things up. This morning, I ate a cupcake for breakfast, and now I bring you photos of baby mammals! It’s a mixed up, crazy world.

A friend of mine raises and shows English cocker spaniels. Last week, her lovely girl had a litter of much-anticipated puppies. Since my friend works full-time, I’m the puppy sitter! Long before I ever grew scales and a shell, I was a dog girl.

One day old and already knows how to take care of business.

Each pup is marked with a dab of nail polish (see, not so different from tortoises!), a different color for each pup. This is Green Girl.

The mom’s name is Lily. Doesn’t she have the most wonderful face?

All lined up at the lunch counter

The differences between baby reptiles and baby mammals are vast. Newborn mammals are helpless and completely dependent on their moms. Newborn puppies can’t even hear yet!

Look at how their ears are closed. They are less than a day old here. Ears and eyes don’t open for a couple of weeks.

If you watched Friday’s video, you’ve seen a tiny bog turtle, only a month older than these puppies, hunt down a cricket. Reptiles come into the world prepared to get the job done. Mammals don’t. They have to learn how to be the animals they are, and one of the ways they practice their mad mammalian skills is through play. Reptiles don’t play.

Right now, the puppies don’t play, either. They do a lot of this:

This is puppy at one week of age. Note the pigment that is now appearing on her nose. And the fuzz that is beginning to fill in on her muzzle makes her look out of focus, even in person.

But very soon, they will wake up and play. I can’t wait!