Go Suck a Toad

What sounds like a dire insult describes the life of a family in Washington. Actually the life of the family dog. This week NPR brought the tragic story of Lady, the toad sucking dog. Of course these weren’t just any toads, they were psychedelic.

A dog may be man’s best friend. But one dog, Lady, decided she needed more friends — and she found plenty in the knot of toads living at the local pond. A suburban family’s secret struggle with an uncommon addiction comes to light in this personal essay by NPR’s Laura Mirsch.
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“Then, late one night after I’d put the dogs out, Lady wouldn’t come in,” Laura Mirsch says. “She finally staggered over to me from the cattails. She looked up at me, leaned her head over and opened her mouth like she was going to throw up, and out plopped this disgusting toad.”

It turned out the toads were toxic — and, if licked, the fluids on their skin provided a hallucinogenic effect.

The text is good but you should listen to the audio stream. First, the background music is great! Also the text doesn’t relate the story of the mother, in pyjamas, searching the backyard to get her dog a fix.

This should be a warning to all those puppy owners out there! Don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys — and don’t let your dog suck toads.

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