As an Animal Communicator, I love communicating telepathically with all species. I generally speak to pets like dogs, cats, horses and rabbits so it's a special treat to talk with less common pets, like Grandpa the Tortoise.
At 104 years old, Grandpa is the oldest animal and living being I've ever spoken with. From what I discovered from a brief search on the internet, Grandpa might be one of the oldest tortoises in the world. It's been reported that some Giant Tortoises have lived to 150.
|Grandpa dining on hibiscus|
Carolyn asked me to talk with Grandpa so she could get answers to some of her questions. She wanted to know how Grandpa was feeling and what, if anything, she could do to make him a happier tortoise.
Despite his grand stature, Grandpa only weighs 9.9 pounds. He enjoys sitting Carolyn's lap where he says he feels comfortable and safe. So Grandpa sat on Carolyn's lap while I interpreted his thoughts, feelings and viewpoints.
When I began communicating with Grandpa, I mistakenly referred to him as a turtle. Grandpa was indignant and made it crystal clear that he's not a turtle. So I asked him what was the difference. He said he's not into swimming or spending time in water except to drink. As a tortoise, he explained, he's strictly an earth dweller.
The more I listened to Grandpa, the more I found him to be a wise, grounded and loving spirit. He enjoys being gently massaged by Carolyn when he sits on her lap. He also enjoys following her around the yard and house.
I was taken aback by his wisdom, kindness and his detailed memory. I have to admit I developed a bit of a "crush" on him the more I got to know him. I particularly enjoyed his sense of humor.
Grandpa is also stubborn and determined. Like the time he wanted to come into the house and no one was around to let him in. Grandpa took matters into his own hands and decided to let himself in by breaking through the screen the door, not once, but twice!
Grandpa asked Carolyn for a "tortoise door" so he can come and go at his leisure. Carolyn felt adding a door was an easy solution to bring him happiness. Grandpa is one lucky Tortoise!
|Grandpa eating an apricot.|
Tortoises hibernate during the winter months. Given that Grandpa lives in Northern California, it's an ongoing challenge to find an appropriate space that remains cold enough to support his hibernation.
Grandpa felt the garage, in years past, wasn't consistently cold enough. He also said he didn't want to hibernate in a refrigerator, which apparently some people do with their tortoises. His person laughed out loud when I told her this. Carolyn and I reassured Grandpa that no one would ever put him in a wine cooler!
Grandpa asked if he can hibernate behind the toilet this year instead of the garage because the temperature in the bathroom is more consistent. Carolyn felt this was another easy request to fulfill. She's planning on posting a sign in the bathroom warning people of Grandpa's presence so as not to startle him out of his deep slumber.
|Grandpa's cats, Mel and Mick|
According to Grandpa, he still has many more adventures to experience and apricots to eat. He's a contented and healthy Tortoise who plans on living for many more years to come. Given a few Giant tortoises have lived to be 150, Grandpa could end up being the oldest living tortoise in the world.