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February 3, 2022
Dottie is just a pup, unwise in the
ways of the world. She's yet to learn
to avoid bufo toads, which were brought here in
1932 to control cane field pests but quickly became
a nuisance themselves. They decimate native insect
and frog populations and poison pets who make the
mistake of licking them. It was scary watching her
tremble and foam at the mouth and we got ready
to make an emergency vet run to Kahului, but a
quick phone consult guided us through the proper
and after 15 minutes of rinsing her mouth
she made a full recovery. Let's hope the lesson sticks.