Dog Is Obsessed With Toads — So Her Family Builds Toad ‘Hotel’ In Backyard
Chloe was adopted into her family at the age of four weeks from a large public shelter. When she initially came in her new home, she was unwell and frail, and her mother spent a lot of time bringing her back to health. Chloe quickly developed into a sweet, adorable little beagle mix that adores all living things, especially toads.
After everything Chloe has been through, she appears to have a great respect for life and a love for people, and she was completely captivated when she spotted all the toads dwelling in her garden.
“She enjoys watching them swim and jump,” Chloe’s mother, Shelby Pittsley, told The Dodo. “She is aware that she should not trample on them or bite on them; she simply likes observing them.” She will occasionally stroll with them and accompany them wherever they go. Little Chloe may be seen scratching at our back door every night at 9:30 p.m., seeking to play with some toads. Chloe feels upset and sulks in the center of the yard on evenings when there are no toads to be discovered.”
The family’s four dogs have access to two pools in the backyard, and Pittsley just discovered that the toads like them as well. Pittsley built a “toad hotel” for the toads since they were spending so much time in the pools.
Pittsley started building a floor plan around the pool that the toads seemed to like the most, attempting to think about what the toads in her yard might consider “must-haves” for a new house.
Pittsley explained, “They required easy access in and out of the pool, water to swim in, soil to hide in, and plants to provide shade.” “I also built dirt mounds that stretched over the pool’s rim, allowing the toads to jump in and out at any moment.”
Pittsley placed the new “toad-tel” out for everybody to enjoy as soon as it was done (in a position beneath some shrubs where birds couldn’t bother them), and on the first night, 12 toads arrived and hung out in it.
Toads are constantly arriving and leaving from the pool hotel now. The toad motel is not just popular with the toads, but also with Chloe.