Leave the Toad Alone!

Whoever filmed this video seems not to have known the difference between a toad and a frog. The dog didn’t know, either.

I shall elucidate. The largest and most common toads in North America have a pale stripe down the middle of their backs, which can be clearly seen here. No frog has this.

I knew a dog named Lulu who once picked up a toad in her mouth. Within minutes she was a tower of pain and had to be rushed to the vet. Toads defend themselves with poisonous skin secretions which can make a dog very sick (you should have seen poor Lulu).

So, however amusing the dog’s antics might be, it’s a really bad idea to let him mess around with toads. Unless you find vet bills amusing, too.

P.S.–That’s “Music Box Dancer” playing in the background. I always liked that song.

6 comments on “Leave the Toad Alone!

  1. The toad sure seemed unimpressed.

    In these parts, there are roads which I’ve only seen during the height of monsoon season. Apparently they burrow and stay hidden most of the time, but when there’s a heavy rain the ground (in some areas) is covered with them. I’ve seen some which would all but cover a dinner plate.

    What an amazing Creator we have to even think of such an animal.

    Great song spotting job with Music Box Dancer. I had all but forgotten about that song, but it was a pleasure to hear it again. Some nice wholesome music is a welcome relief.

    1. Even so, when I hear that song–which I really love–I can’t help thinking of an incident at a warehouse, belonging to a British company that Patty worked for at the time. With “Music Box Dancer” playing lustily on the PA system, two men got into a serious, rolling-around-on-the-floor, punching, kicking, biting fight–with the English foreman ineffectually pleading, “Steady on, now, lads!”

    2. That sounds like a great idea for a movie scene. 🙂

      Back in the ‘70s, I had very restrictive musical tastes, preferring Jazz and even a bit of Classical over some of the more distortion-saturated Rock that seemed to dominate the airwaves. Music Box Dancer really appealed to me. I think I may have even tried to adapt it to guitar, although I probably didn’t follow through. It’s a straightforward song with simple harmonic structure, somewhat like a painting that uses a limited color palette, but uses it very effectively. It’s a calming song and there’s a reassuring quality to it.

      My tastes in music have changed. I still don’t care for heavily distorted guitar sounds, but I do enjoy some of the twangy guitar of early Rock n’ Roll and Country. However, I think it’s important that people, especially children, should be exposed to music that has beauty and is calming. There are a surprising number of people that do t see, to even realize that such music exists, or dismiss it as out of date and out of touch. That’s a real shame.

    3. I’ve just listened to “Music Box Dancer” again. I don’t know how, but some pieces of music manage to create, and bring the listener into, a world that is just so much better than what we normally experience. A lot of hymns do that.
      I’m a fantasy writer. I think those worlds exist. It may be God will let us visit them.

    4. I agree. It’s a very special song. The treatment of the song is perfect, coming across somewhat along the lines of a Baroque piece. I imagine that it would sound perfect on an old harpsichord.

      The song itself is simple. Structure-wise, it reminds me of a Polka. It’s beauty strikes me as being in its purity and simplicity. It’s a pleasant little climb for two measures riding on the Tonic chord and then two measures of response on the Dominant chord. Very simple, but very pleasing. It leaves one feeling settled.

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