At night a new set of friends appear on the land. I have a fondness of heart for them. They are markers of a healthy ecosystem on this land and tickle my heart with their personality. It fascinates me that they hibernate in the prairie dog holes with the snakes and the rabbits during the winter. We do not let the dogs out after dark because they release a poison if caught.
Each night I go to the barn to check on all the animals and these toads keep me company. I'll open the back door and one will be sitting right there waiting for bugs drawn to the light. Opening the barn doors one will appear in the middle of the aisle.
And sometimes they get into the tack room between door swings at night. In the early morning light I find them in the middle of the screen doorway waiting patiently to be let out. To all my fair toads, a sweet good night!
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