Today is Theme Thursday - Pets.
I wasn't going to participate this week as I had nothing prepared, but someone hopped in this morning, bringing back a fond memory.
A few years ago our pool would get green from lack of maintenance - okay, MY lack of maintenance - and frogs would come by and breed, leaving their clutches of eggs floating around in the pool. Soon thereafter, the eggs developed into tadpoles and since I didn't have the heart to shock the pool and kill them, I scooped up as many as I could and deposited them into an aquarium, complete with gravel, a water filter and food.
They soon matured into these tiny little frogs that were no bigger than a pinkie finger's nail and would hug the sides of the aquarium for days. When they were large enough they eventually escaped, making me chase the little buggers all over the house. Upon recapture, the froglets were liberated to our garden.
These rescues went on for a couple of years, but I had since learned to cover the aquarium with a screen.
Once again, breeding season has arrived and every night we are inundated with the very loud and obnoxious croaks of their mating rituals. Oy.
This morning, while having my coffee, I hear this moist thud on the floor not four feet away. At first I thought a small bird had smucked itself into the door and fell inside. A closer inspection of the thud revealed it to be a large frog. Once again, I had to chase the larger little bugger around the house, this time to save it from becoming the latest "toy" for one of our dogs, who was also not four feet away from it's arrival. This particular dog doesn't play with the usual dog toys, oh no! Instead, she chases lizards and cats and plays with coconuts, brooms, watering cans and pretty much anything else that may be within reach. I once tried to get her to fetch a tennis ball. She ran away from it.
I let the frog go in the garden and I thought to myself, "I wonder if it was one of those I had saved and came back to thank me". Probably not, but I would like to think so.
Enjoyed the post. It's funny how you wondered for a sec if it was the same frog that came back. I have a bird that comes to my window to sing like every other morning. I like to think it followed me across the country from where I used to live :)ReplyDelete
Hi Adam! And thanks. It was a totally spur of the moment post.ReplyDelete
a cool post, personally , I love frogs and their croaking , it reminds me of my childhood holidays .ReplyDelete
I love frogs and wish we had them in one of the three ponds in our yard. Only problem is that Harry (the big monster dog) would eat them I'm afraid. Harry catches flies in his mouth and eats them so the frogs who may be full of flies too, would be exceptionally attractive and quite tasty to him I fear.ReplyDelete
Hi wordwand! Thanks. I don't mind the occasional few frogs croaking, but there is like a gazillion in our yard this time of year and we have to crank up the volume of our t.v. just to hear it over them. Thanks for dropping in, too!.ReplyDelete
Ha ha Linda! Our dogs also eat flies! Our troublemaking dog (the one in the post), I think has never seen a full-grown frog and she looked at it, head tilted and ears up with the expression of, "That's a weird looking lizard". So, of course, I panicked and scrambled to catch the thing before the dog decided it was her new toy.
very cool. i had a pet frog as a kid. perhaps it was one of those you saved. that would be neat. happy theme thursday!ReplyDelete
Hey Brian! Unless you live in the Bahamas, I doubt it was your frog. But, it might have been a descendant - who knows, stranger things have happened! Thanks! Happy TT to you too.ReplyDelete
Fun post. I'm so glad you remember your froglets. TT would have been lost without this. And your dog? A total riot!ReplyDelete
I love frogs, too. I once saved a really big one from a large pool of Koi fish. It was at a koi fish breeding farm and it couldn't make it up the side of the pool to get out. I've also had them in my house. I can't figure out how they get in. I had to grab them fast before my cats got them.ReplyDelete
Great, funny post.
have fun visiting!
Hi Cheryl! Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. I have three other dogs, but they are mild in comparison.ReplyDelete
Hi Barbara: I tried to make a temporary pond for the frogs, but that damned dog ruined it. Glad you saved the frog. Oh, and I have cats too - 6 of them (oy). They eat the lizards that wander in our house when I'm not around to save them too. Thanks and thanks for dropping in.
OF COURSE it was the same frog that came back to thank you! How can you doubt???ReplyDelete
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PattiKen: It very well may have been a 'ghost from the past' since these frogs are mostly nocturnal and it is extremely rare we find any venturing into our house. I hope it is warning the other orphaned frogs to beware of the dog! Thanks for dropping in, too!ReplyDelete
I had to check your profile to see where you're from. Sounded like Australia for a while. I have the same issue with frogs, dogs and lizards!ReplyDelete
Hi Baino! I'd love to visit Australia someday but I be afraid of flying. I could imagine your lizards and frogs are somewhat bigger though, along with those sharks! Thanks for the drive-by.ReplyDelete