Froggy went a-riding...uh huh.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

On our way to Bend, Oregon this past weekend, we had an unexpected hitchhiker. Imagine our surprise when a Pacific Tree frog  jumped onto the dashboard from parts unknown.  Actually, we think he burrowed into a bag that had been on our back patio - and inadvertently got smuggled into the car.

Froggy went A-riding - uh huh.

We wrestled with what to do with the little guy as we already miles from home. Do we release him somewhere and hope for the best?  My husband raised concerns - after all, this frog has lived a sheltered life. A well-protected patio with big pots, planter boxes, and a fountain comprise his world.

Therefore, we decided to stop at an Ace Hardware store and pick up a temporary bin for the trip ahead. We added some flowers and a bit of water to his habitat and felt good about our decision. Once in Bend, we transferred the frog to another container and purchased some live crickets for his two day stay.

Home away from home

Happily, he seemed fine when we returned home yesterday. Carefully, we placed his plastic travel home on its side in a large potted Begonia plant. We watched like anxious parents until he leaped out to safety, hiding among large leaves. It’s good to know he’s out there, safely home - eating bugs and doing his usual froggy thing.

Froggy is home

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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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Comments (41)

Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

That's so cool.  My first instinct would have been to pull over and let him out in the green area to the side of the road.  I think your instincts were better thought out.

Oct 22, 2012 03:02 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - Froggy got a nice vacation and something to tell his grandkids about. And I'm chuckling, because that's exactly what we would have done in the same situation. I once took a neighbor's cat on a 4 day business trip - it was sleeping unseen in the back seat of my car - and we became best friends (the cat, not the neighbor).

Oct 22, 2012 03:07 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Debb,  That is so cool.  I bet froggy is telling all his friends about the adventure he had to Bend Oregon.  I'm sure others would not have gone to so much trouble to take care of the little guy.  Good kharma my friend.

Oct 22, 2012 03:20 AM
Marie Fox
Foxy Interiors Inc. Lake Mary Florida - Lake Mary, FL
Lake Mary, Florida, Home Stager & RE Photographer
Aww what a great story Debb! We have a resident green sticky frog who hangs out on our back deck, along with a chameleon family. I just told Jim this weekend they were our outdoor pets. They have really kept the bug population down this summer and have grown quite healthy. Thanks for sharing about your froggy's misadventures. Glad you brought him home safely. :-)
Oct 22, 2012 03:20 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Debb: Sadly, I would have done what Alan said he would do...stop and let him out.  Not a big fan of "critters".  Glad he made the total journey safely and is now back at home though.

Oct 22, 2012 03:22 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Oh yeah he's a happy hopping frog now.... If it had been us we'd brought him home too.  I thought Debbie was NUTS when she brought crickets home for our pond area from Alabama. LOL.  We have a chirping back yard day and night.


Oct 22, 2012 03:25 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

wow, what a story:)

So much trouble for a little guy. Yet, most probably you saved his life and made a good friend:)

Oct 22, 2012 03:26 AM
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

aw... the froggy is a very lucky traveler Debb... I'm sure he would thank you if he could..He would have met with an unhappy ending far away from home if you did not rescue him.. =) 

Oct 22, 2012 03:28 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Debb-love the story! Bend does offer some different habitats, cooler nights, and of course not the protected patio and big pots to frolic in. Nice ending. 

Oct 22, 2012 03:40 AM
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

This may be one of my favorite posts of yours! Most spoiled wild animal ever. :) I'm sure he'll repay you by eating his own weight in bugs! 

Oct 22, 2012 03:46 AM
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Debb, Cute story.  My wife would have done the same thing because she'd be worried about Froggy's babies or Froggy's mommy.  I would have had frog legs for a snack.  But, don't worry, my wife always prevails.  You certainly made froggy comfortable during her/his trip.  Now s/he probably wants to do it again.

Oct 22, 2012 03:48 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hi Debb. Only you. Amazing story and a great outcome. I would have died but you made a little guy very comfortable and ultimately happy and safe.

Oct 22, 2012 04:09 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

What a cute little froggy he is!  And lucky, too, to have hitched a ride with you so that he could happily end up back home - with stories to tell the rest of the frogs that they will never believe!

Oct 22, 2012 05:32 AM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

What an adventure! I am sure froggy is happy .

Have a great week.

Oct 22, 2012 06:00 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Debb,

Why was I not surprised with how you handled your hitch hiker! Glad he made the journey safely and is now back at home!

Oct 22, 2012 06:32 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debb, yet another reason why I love you!  I chuckled through this whole thing and am totally surprised that a video hasn't come from it. You and I are quite alike when it comes to stuff like this. Some would think we're nuts, but thankfully our husbands feel the same way so there's no "Whhhhaaaat??" when you suggest a solution like this inventive one!


Oct 22, 2012 06:33 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Debb, you did the wise thing and one happy froggy for sure...why would he want to leave your abode?!

Oct 22, 2012 07:07 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Those troublemaker hitchikers Debb. A great story!!

Oct 22, 2012 07:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You two are amazingly wonderful froggy lovers.  He wanted to go to Bend and you were so nice to buy him a traveling case...I bet you had a wonderful time with your precious grandkids.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Oct 22, 2012 08:20 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Congratulations on the new pet, Debb :) I would have probably been a little frazzled with a frog in the car.

Oct 22, 2012 08:30 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Oh Debb!  You are so awesome.    This lucky guy got in the right car!


Oct 22, 2012 09:14 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Debb, you are such a nature fan. This reminds me that my son was taking my daughter to school the other day and spotted a leafbug on the bumper. He joked with her and said it was going to school with her. When he got home he saw it was still there but on the licence plate now. He took a picture and sent it to her saying "Leafy didn't get off, he was too busy reading Licence plates." She laughed!

Oct 22, 2012 10:39 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Debb~ I agree with Dick,  Froggy got a nice vacation.  I also agree with Alan, I would have dropped Froggy off along the way!  You are just too good!

Oct 22, 2012 12:50 PM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Debb, One has to wonder of this is the very same tree frog that was hanging out on your patio umbrella. Maybe he just wants to hang out with you guys and decided to take a wee trip with you so stowed away. Love happy endings!

Oct 22, 2012 01:55 PM
Tiffany Sniezek
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct, - The Woodlands, TX
Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
That is too funny!!! Glad you found him and kept him safe. Looks like he had a great time. He probably would have scared me half to death if I found him in my car! Glad it worked out!
Oct 22, 2012 02:25 PM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Debb - I love frogs and what a great story. How considerate that you took such great care of him and then brought him home! Bend must have been gorgeous? Did the little guy think of relocating? lol.

Oct 22, 2012 11:09 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Inna, wouldn't have had it any other way. It's hard to tell if we're friends...frogs can be a bit aloof. lol

Hi Janis - we thought the same. He really isn't very street smart. ;)

Adrian, yes you added another reason as to why we didn't leave him at my son's home in Bend. Totally different habitat.

Oct 22, 2012 11:35 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Mary Elizabeth - yes, as he hangs out under one of our outdoor speakers ( must dig the music) and waits for bugs around the back porch light. He's got it made.

Lloyd, next time we pack for a road trip, we'll check in the bags "before" we load them, just in case. ;)

It was fun Sheila, and the grand kids in Bend got a real kick out of it...told Froggy bye bye  - see you at Oma's house, when we left on Sunday.

Oct 22, 2012 11:39 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nancy, exactly,  they'll think he's telling a fairy tale. Ha.

Tatyana, yep, I hope he's back to normal and enjoying his small world out back.

Hi Dorie, lol. I'm a nut right?  Glad that my husband is similar - we really anthropomorphize animals.

Oct 22, 2012 11:41 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Gayle, I almost called you. Ha. I needed to know what they eat - but then looked on line. Not sure why I thought you'd know what frogs eat. I knew bugs, but wasn't sure how to feed them in temp captivity. Love you back and hope life is great at Fishhawk Lake.

Ginny, I think we did too. It was a bit of a hassle, but worth it.

Gary, who knew frogs could be so sneaky? :) :)

Oct 22, 2012 11:44 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oops, hey Alan, just saw that I started my replies at page 2. SORRY!  You were the first comment and I missed ya. We were going to look for a wetland area, but then got to thinking about what the normal enviroment is like for the little guy, hence the adventure.

Dick, yes - and my grandkids got to experience the adventure with us. :) I'm sure they'll remember the time we came to visit with our dog and a FROG in tow. Ha ha. Glad to hear you would have done the same. Makes me happy. ( Love your cat story - especially the last line).

Belinda, exactly. You get it perfectly. :)

Marie, when you see them on a daily basis hanging out - it's hard not to feel a bit protective. Glad your outdoor pets are working so hard for you.

That's okay Anita , I still love ya. We're all a bit different - that's what makes the world interesting.

Q-man. Oh yeh, froggy did have a big adventure. Love the cricket story and their nightly tune ... wonder if the local frogs are enjoying the transplants too? If you know what I mean. :)

Oct 22, 2012 11:52 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Alexandra, it added a fun element to the trip this time. And yes, had a wonderful time with the wee ones and missed a big snowstorm my a day. Do you suppose froggy knows how to put on chains? lol.

Team Zuhl - when he first hopped up to the dash, we both were quite startled. Last thing we expected. Lol.

Cal gal - thanks, I feel the same about you.

Ellen, that's a cute story. I love his sense of humor. ( your son, not the bug)

Donna, not if you'd seen this little guy on the back porch on a daily basis. It's too personal. Ha.

Cindy, we have about three or four who hang out there on a regular basis, so could be. :) 

Tiffany, full disclosure, we shrieked a bit when he first appeared. Argh, what is it? Haha.

Kris, good to see you and you've been on my mind. Bend is always beautiful - not sure froggy thought much about staying - but we sure did. :)

Oct 22, 2012 11:59 PM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

What a sweet story! We rescue a lot of frogs from our pool and often take them to the conservation area near our home. Way to go the extra distance! Now if Camas WA Realtor Debb Janes goes this far to help a FROG, how far do you think she will go to help a home buyer or seller?!

Oct 23, 2012 02:21 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You got it Shannon. You can bet I work my tail off for my clients  - buyers and sellers. :)

Oct 23, 2012 06:01 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Debb, what a great story and what great frog parents you and hubby make..:)

Oct 24, 2012 04:22 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Rebecca - glad you understand. I'm sure others would think we're nuts. ;)

Oct 25, 2012 08:14 AM
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Debb ~ All creatures deserve to be treated with kindness & respect.  I wish more folks were as kind and thoughtful as you & your hubby. (one exception, spiders : ))

Oct 27, 2012 11:00 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Dianne, that's very kind. I'm not very good with spiders either. I try...

Feb 22, 2014 05:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Debb, I'm just liking you more and more the more I get to know you better. I think most people would have tossed the frog out the window. Thank you for being the kind, caring, loving soul that you are.

Feb 22, 2014 05:43 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh Kathleen, thanks very much. 

Feb 22, 2014 05:50 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

What a great story.  You two are such kind spirits! 

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