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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Will I Ever Learn

Ruff, Rufff!!! ahh, I mean hello.  My name is Jack, and although you're accustomed to hearing from my family member, I thought and heard about this thing you humans call change. Soooo, for this particular post...here comes change and you're going to love it, because if you haven't heard, my bite per square inch of power is AWESOME! Just kidding.

The photo above is one of me when I was just a wee lil pup. You see 3 and a half years ago, I was sitting all alone starring out and doing a little people watching, when this couple stopped by and gave me the warmest smile of my puppy life.  I became so overwhelmed by their exhibited non verbal skills, that my tail wagged so hard I was literally being thrown all over the place. Suddenly, I began to feel rather silly and desperately tried to control my emotions, but it was to late. That's when it happen, time seemed to slow down and the attendant's speech began to drag and slur. As she slowly approached my gate lock, and attemped to open it, her fingers seem to lose it's way. I tried to help but to no avail.  Finally, the lock gave way and I was in the arms of the lady with the pretty eyes and great smile.  We couldn't help but be a match, because after all, I picked her.

She introduced me to her partner.  He's the guy you're more familiar with and who by the way, is still trying to figure out how I managed to get into his head and write this post. But desperate times require, desperate measures.  Besides its his fault for allowing me to watch tv. I particularly like Jerry Springer and that guy who yells, "You are NOT the father", ... Ha, ha.... . Of course, my favorite is show is watching "Brian", from Family Guy.

Ok, back to my plight.

I need your help in order to find out does anyone else out there, who try with all their might to just be friendly..., get hammered when you kiss a frog?  Ummm, and if you don't, then why, Oh why sweet Jesus, is it always me?

Here's what I know.

The practice of  "toad-licking" has evolved into an urban legend, in that the venom secreted through the skin of some toads cause hallucinations. Which is why I think, I'm a contributing author of this blog post.

See what I mean?

Anyway, the venom is highly toxic to pets. Take for instance, my other friends and family members (dogs), are most likely to come in contact with a toad, and have a high probability of dying if untreated.

I quess, I should leave that curiousity thing to cats.

The Colorado River toad and the other giant toad, known as the Marine toad are the two most common venomous toads found in the U.S.  Of course this guy wouldn't win any beauty awards like yours truly, because he's all covered with warts. UGGGH!

I also found out that I don't necessarily have to lick or God forbid eat a toad, to be poisoned.  There have been cases where frogs have been attracted to a dogs water dish and just because it was unattended, they sat along the rim, leaving enough toxin to make you sick.  It's actual difficult to find the presence of  the toxin.  You technically have to see it happen, but if you're suspcious...

Here's what to look for:

If your four legged family member has ingested enough toxin, they may have an irregular heartbeat and may start acting strangely, as if they are locked in the grip of a hallucination. Call your veterinarian if you observe:

*Mouth irritation with foamy salivation
*Difficulity breathing

Well, I patiently await your reply to let me know if it's just me, because just the other day, I was in the back yard minding my own business, when suddenly there he was, gazing at me with those huge bulging eyes. I tried to just walk away, but I was trapped in their stare. That's when it happen, I heard that ribbb--it call and I... ok, I licked it. YUKK!!,  not again... "Will I Ever Learn"?

*Data collected from http://www.petplace.com/    


  1. Hope your little pal actually wasn't affected by the venomous toad. Never heard of this before. As Hamlet said:"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, NP, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

  2. Hello my friend, its great to have you visit again. First and foremost, I want to encourage you to continue posting the inspiring and thought provoking writings you post daily. In a word "THANK YOU". Actually, my lil friend, is doing fine. Thank God, the toad he kissed was very small and secreted minimal venom. Hope other visitors find this post informative also.

  3. Being in El Paso we don't have to worry about toads that much.

    Learn something New Every day. Thanks somehting to keep in mind when we travel with the dog.

  4. Oh Clarence, what an adorable dog! I have 2 Jack Russells - Max and Paddy - who we absolutely adore.
    I had no idea about the toad thing - although we don't get toads much around here.
    However, both our two have been stung by wasps/bees and the reaction was quite remarkable - huge swelling in their muzzles.
    I am a great one for the Bach Flower remedies and found that a few drops of Star of Bethlehem on their upper gums worked miracles. I wonder if it would work for reactions to Toads?
    Dogs just don't get the concept of risk assessment do they?
    Smiles and blessings.

  5. Hello Juliana, thanks for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog. As you know I have one Jack Russell, plz. tell me what its like to have multiple jacks? My head is spinning already just thinking what that must be like. I'm not familiar with your alternative remendy, but I surely will look into it.

  6. Hello DanWins, thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. I've never traveled through El Paso, but I'd love to come there one day. I'm glad you don't have to deal with toads, but should you and your faithful friend encounter one, I hope the info, I've imparted via this post, will be quite useful to you.

  7. Hi Jack

    Just to let you know that not all toads are 'tarred with the same brush' - I'm a nice toad, honestly!

    Quite a helpful toad actually - as can be seen from my blog Toad Tryouts!


  8. Hello Mr_Toad, Ruff, Rufff....ugh, I mean thanks for visiting and leaving such wonderful comments. You're right I probably shouldn't feel this way about ALL toads but, the ones I've dealt with literally, just make me sick, if you know what I mean. Btw, you do seem like a nice toad, so I will visit your site very soon...Ruff!

  9. hi ruff.ruff .. youre so cute .. when i see your pic i miss my dog jack w/ the same breed as you .. He's dead now because of the bite of a rat .. hmmh nice article .. thanks for sharing ..


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