Logan's New Friend
In proper doggy greeting style, Logan walked up to the frog and began sniffing it's butt. Then, he went into a lie down behind the frog so he could better sniff and snarfle his new friend. The frog remained motionless the entire time. I had a very tight grip on Logan's leash and collar so I could quickly get him away from the frog in case he decided to put the frog in his mouth (he's a retriever after all). After a thorough investigation of the frog's tookus, Logan came back in the house. Ever since that first meeting, Logan has learned the scent of frog and he can find them with his nose faster than I can see them (as you can see in the picture, they blend pretty well with the aggregate patio and our outside light is not very bright). All of the frogs have now been snarfled and sniffed by Logan and all of the frogs have used the same defensive technique of sitting VERY still and hoping Logan would go away. (If you listen very carefully, you can hear them repeating, "please don't eat me, please don't eat me" over and over - in frog.) So far, the technique has worked and no one has been put in Logan's mouth.
I actually got this picture this morning as this little guy wasn't tucked back into bed after eating bugs all night (go frog). This poor thing got snarfled by Logan and then had me in it's face with a camera, using the flash. Apparently the same defensive frog technique used for dogs also works for crazy flash wielding bloggers - it sat perfectly still while I took several pictures for the blog. Mickael figures that once I went back into the house, it promptly hopped into a wall since it won't be able to see where it's going for a while.
*I don't know if this is a frog or a toad, but I like the word frog better (frogs have better marketing departments than toads do), so I'm going with frog here. If it is in fact a toad, you can just keep that to yourselves and mock me in private. If it's on my patio, it's a frog.