Kathryn’s Blog: Joe the Turtle Does Yoga

Yes, it has been dipping down into nearly double digits below zero outside, but my little pet of 29 years has been holding his own, in his own sunbeam. This is not a Photoshopped image—Joe regularly does this yoga stretch on his own. (It’s not because he’s seen me doing it. Although it’s lovely for others, I have no interest in yoga at all.)

Joe prefers new-age music and straight-ahead jazz, and he sits right in the middle of the kitchen when I am baking. The only vocal sound he’s ever made was a sneeze a few years back. You have not lived until you have heard a turtle sneeze. It scared me at the time. I thought he was catching a cold, but it turned out he was only covered with dust dinosaurs that I had not been aware of, lurking under the bath tub.  Those dusty bits are gone, but I’ve a mind to let them gather again just catch another sneeze.