Show and Tell
Stinky is super excited for Periwinkle’s visit, as he has a new friend he wants her to meet. He bounces from paw to paw next to the teleportation tunnel until he hears the familiar whoosh. Then he opens his arms and catches Periwinkle as she tumbles out. They both giggle, then share some whisker kisses.
“Stinky, I am so happy to see you, and it looks as if you have put some of your weight back on,” Periwinkle tells him.
“I am happy to see you too. I have been eating better since coming home. Thanks for noticing.”
“So what excitement do you have planned for us today?” Periwinkle asks.
“Well, we aren’t going anywhere,” Stinky tells her, and then notices Periwinkle’s disappointment. “But don’t worry, I think you’ll still have fun. I have a new friend for you to meet. But first I want to show you something really nice.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her out the front door to the yard.
“Wow, Stinky, that is so beautiful and nice. A plaque for your brofur and my sisfur. Where did it come from?”
“Angel Charles’ mom sent it to my mom. Then my mom added the little purple hearts and pink flowers and green leaves. If you remember, Mau’s burial site is right behind us.”
“Oh, I do. I bet this is making Mau and Allie’s hearts smile. Charles’ mom is so kind.”
Meeting a New Friend
“Now I have something else to show you,” Stinky tells Periwinkle and takes her paw again. He leads her to the front yard and into the grass where he points out the next surprise.
When Periwinkle sees what’s in the grass, she gasps. “Wow, Stinky, who is this?”
“This is our new friend. It’s a Woodland Box Turtle.”
“How did he get here? Can I touch him? Are you going to keep him?”
Stinky tells Periwinkle the turtle is not a him but a her, and she came from the neighbor’s yard on the other side of the alley. His dad posted the turtle’s photo on the Neighborhood Forum and got a message from the neighbor. The turtle walked to Kitties Blue yard by itself.
“How do you know the turtle is a her?” asks Periwinkle.
Woodland Box Turtle Facts
“Because she has brown eyes and her underside is flat,” Stinky explains. He tells Periwinkle that he and his mom read lots about the turtle after his dad found her and that he has a website where people can learn more about the Woodland Box Turtle.
“What a cute face she has, Stinky, and such beautiful markings.”
“Supposedly, no two are alike.”
“Are you going to keep her for a pet?”
“No, we will leave her alone to go where she wants. My mom did name her though. Yesterday was her step-mom’s birthday. She passed away eight years ago, and my mom decided to name the turtle after her.”
“So, what is her name, Stinky?”
“Oh, that’s cute, Stinky. Terry the turtle. What I don’t understand is how she was brave enough to come to your yard, especially since your sisfur, Misty May, gets to go in the yard.”
“That is a mystery, Periwinkle. I have to show you something else that makes it even more strange for Terry to have come to our yard.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw again and leads her to the back of the house.
“Terry came from the yard where the red fence is, which means she had to pass right by our Beware sign and cat flag. I think maybe she isn’t too bright,” says Stinky.
Periwinkle begins to giggle uncontrollably. When she finally stops, she tells Stinky she is pretty certain turtles cannot read.
Before leading Periwinkle back to the front porch for a snack, Stinky tells her that the garden they are in is where angels, Thelma, Louise and Daphne are buried. Periwinkle tells him it is very pretty, especially with the St. Francis statue.
“The porch looks really nice, Stinky. Has your mom made some changes?” asks Periwinkle.
“Yes, we have new rugs, curtains, plants and a new wall hanging. And today we are getting a ceiling fan. It will make it much more comfortable out here when it’s really hot. Now let’s have some treats. We have Party Mix and Temptations. Would you like some of each?”
“Oh, yes please.”
Stinky and Periwinkle spend time enjoying their treats and visiting with Stinky’s fursibs and his mom and dad. Before Periwinkle leaves, Stinky tells her that this is their 100th adventure. Both are surprised and proud of the fact and promise to share 100 more adventures with each other.
Finally it is time for Periwinkle’s departure. After one last visit to Terry, and lots and lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs, Periwinkle enters her tunnel and is gone with a wave and a whoosh.
Before going inside for a nap and to dream about Periwinkle, Stinky shares one last thing. His mom registered Terry with the Virginia Herpetological Society, which requested she post this badge on our website.
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