The other night around sunset I went outside to record the dogs next door barking from the front yard. Normally when we leave the house we go out the garage door but this time I went out the front door (farthest from the dogs) so I wouldn't make the dogs bark more (like that is possible). When I opened the front door, a blob HOPPED off the door and across my way. Lately, there have been news reports about rabid bats being found in our area so for a second I was sure a rabid bat just flew by me. Naturally I screamed and jumped then realized the blob was ribetting and sitting on the bench next to the front door. Not just sitting there, it was staring me down. I was terrified. It could jump me to death. It hopped off the bench and landed in front of the door. I took a picture and texted Karen that there was a frog blocking me from entering my house. AAAAHHHHH!!!!! What if it was there to avenge the death of that one frog I accidentally killed years ago but still feel so guilty about? Mosquitoes were biting me, the frog was froggy, and the dogs next door would not shut up. I was in HELL. The frog finally saw a stray mosquito and hopped off to grab dinner and I made a mad dash into our house.
Two evenings later, I went out to record the dogs barking again. I figured the frog had moved on. Again, I went out the front door and this time there was no frog. I walked a few steps, recorded the barking dogs, then as I turned around I witnessed the most frightening thing. At least a dozen frogs were jumping all over our front porch! Big, fat, long leggy, slimey, people-eating,jumpy killer frogs!!!!!!!!!!!!! Again, I took a picture and texted Karen that I was trapped outside by frogs, multiple frogs this time. I told her to tell my husband I love him. I saw no way I could get back in my house without being taken over by the frogs.
I didn't know what to do. The frogs were all hoppy and I had no way to get in the house. My heart was racing and I stepped over to the driveway to think, far from the frogs. There was nothing really to do out there so I figured I'd watch the video I just made of the barking dogs to be sure it worked. It turns out that while frogs don't stop dogs from barking, the barking dogs in reality and in video at the same time was too much for the frogs to handle. As soon as the video started playing, they all hopped back into the bushes and I made a run for it into the house.
I'm never leaving my (loud) house.
How do I make the frogs leave?
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