We are very upset.

We have been sacked.

All those hours spent frog-watching, often at night, as well as all those hours spent frogspawn-gazing, and what happens?

She decides she’s not having a pond any more.

She was very dramatic about it. “Three frogs in the sitting room in one week!” So? Isn’t that our job, fetching frogs to amuse her?

“What if all that frog spawn hatches? Tiny frogs would never survive being carried in like that!” Well, we could eat them, I suppose. The big ones aren’t nice to eat; we have to clamp them tightly in our jaws, and drop them when they’re safely indoors. That’s what she seems to object to the most; frogs hiding under the bookshelves and cupboards.

Millie says it was the same in Newcastle with the field mice. No appreciation of our efforts.

It’s tiresome.

Rachel writes: Three large frogs in as many days, one rather too bulky for the cartoon cat to carry without damaging it slightly. Little froglets wouldn’t stand a chance, and the constant vigilance required on all sides – cats and mine – is nerve-racking. Much as I love the cats, I can’t bear to see small creatures tormented by them, no matter how instinctual and natural this might be.

So the frog spawn has gone to a neighbour’s pond, and the pond itself – small and ugly, and on the list for upgrading – is to be filled in instead. There will be nature-friendly plants introduced in its place. No argument.

Scooter will no doubt continue to bring live frogs indoors, but at least I’ll know I didn’t provide him with the source.


6 thoughts on “Sulking

  1. We feel your pain. Here, it's skinks and geckos that produce outburst. Our Man is forever chasing us about, trying to steal our skinks.And he says "words."The Secretary doesn't get quite so upset, but she still chases them and , when she can catch them (not often, cos she's clumsy and slow-haha!) she tosses them into the garden.Bi-peds!

  2. i totally agree. Right now i'm house sitting for a friend and enjoying the company of 4 cats that i love almost as much as mine. And every night i admonish them to leave the critters–particularly the birds–alone. i'm rewarding them with lots of their favorite treats–every morning when there are no "gifts" from them! i have no doubt i'm simply superstitious…but i'll keep it up as long as i'm here

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