Maybe Not Wordless Wednesday – Pierson Meets Sam

Sam Turtle Tortoise

Sam is munching down on a tomato.

This is Sam! Isn’t he fascinating? Not all pets have paws. Sam is a Sulcata, also known as an African spur-thighed tortoise. When Sam was first purchased at the pet store, he was no bigger than the palm of a hand. That was seven years ago and Sam still has another 70 years or more of life and growing to go.

Sam belongs to my friend and neighbor Amy and her family. They bought Sam years ago because one of their sons is allergic to cats and dogs. Sam lived in a terrarium at first, but outgrew it some time back. In the spring, summer, and fall he lives in the back yard. He has his own pool of water to wade in and a dog house fitted with a heating lamp. He eats grass and vegetable scraps, and is notorious for getting into the garden and steeling more vegetables. In the winter, Sam has to stay in the basement. The basement is a good size, but Sam doesn’t like it. Sam’s family wants to make a larger outdoor house for him that can be kept warm before this next winter comes.

Dog Pierson Sam Tortoise

Pierson is wondering what the heck Sam is.

There I go, getting carried away with words again on Wordless Wednesday. But Sam is so darned interesting! Even Pierson thought so. He wasn’t really too sure of what to think of Sam. Sam didn’t mind Pierson. After all, his relatives have to deal with lions!

Dog Pierson Approaches Sam Tortoise

Pierson cautiously approaches Sam from the rear to get a sniff. Sam made it clear that Pierson was not to approach from the front.

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9 Responses to “Maybe Not Wordless Wednesday – Pierson Meets Sam”

  1. Dakota/Caren/Cody Says:

    Pierson is BRAVE! I would be afraid of Sam! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Kuruk Says:

    Wooowoooooos for Sam!

  3. Poppy & Clover Says:

    Ooh! He does look very interesting! Whee have never met a tortoise before, but whee would love to!
    Piggy kisses,
    Poppy And Clover

  4. well minded Says:

    I love this! We, too, have a sulcata, not quite one year old. They are so fascinating. I always feel like I have a mini dinosaur. Thanks for sharing.

  5. kirbysdawgblog Says:

    Sam is so incredible! I have such a soft spot for tortoises, I truly love them. There has been so many times I have thought about getting one, and the only thing that stopped me is the responsible conscience telling me how long they live, and how much they will grow. So adorable though, if I had a neighbour who had a tortoise you canbet I’d also want to see him all the time 🙂 P.S- wHAT A GREAT PET IDEA for a child who is allergic to cats and dogs!

  6. 2browndawgs Says:

    Wow very cool. He is big!

  7. Ava Says:

    Love watching tortoises – they ARE very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Happy Wednesday.

  8. Roxy the Traveling Dog Says:

    Wow how cool is that!

  9. snoopys@snoopysdogblog Says:

    Sam is super awesome, so nice to meet you buddy! 🙂

    Big wags,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

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