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Toad in the road. June 26, 2009

Posted by ourfriendben in critters, homesteading, pets, wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. In the immortal words of our friend Edith Eddleman, “Heartaches, nothin’ but heartaches.” The unending rains here in scenic Pennsylvania have at least been good for water-loving creatures like amphibians. Our friend Ben and I have seen two toads here at Hawk’s Haven, one large and one smaller. Typically, female toads are larger than males, so we’ve been hoping they were a pair, though one might simply be younger and still growing. We love toads, and have been not just delighted to see these but anticipating a toad revival.

Our hopes may have been (literally) crushed this morning. I was taking our puppy Shiloh across the road to get the newspaper, and was so distracted between watching for traffic and trying to pry a hickory nut she’d somehow picked up out of her jaws, that I didn’t notice the splat of blood and guts on the road until we were on our way back across. It was small, and I assumed it was a mouse or other small rodent until my brain caught up with my eyes and I realized that there was no sign of fur or a tail. It had to be a toad.

To paraphrase John Donne, every toad’s death diminishes me. It was with much slower steps that Shiloh and I returned to the house. And then, to add insult to injury, it started to rain again.

Heartaches, and nothin’ but.

         ‘Til next time,

                     Silence

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1. Victoria - June 26, 2009

Awwww……..I can relate.

Thanks, Victoria! It’s just pitiful.

2. Gail - June 26, 2009

I passed a squirrel this morning, a victim of too fast moving morning traffic….It makes me sad, so I say a few kind word and send them on their way. It helps. gail

Yes, me too, Gail. I think of myself as the patron saint of roadkill, so I guess you’re now officially a co-saint!

3. Ratty - June 27, 2009

I see a lot of animals, so inevitably I also see the good and bad of nature. It depresses me every time I see something bad involving any of the animals. I saw a toad being eaten by a snake, and I felt sick for days. Just recently I found myself feeling sorry for a snake of the same kind, just because I scared it.

I know just what you mean, Ratty! I’d feel exactly the same way in both instances!


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