My pet frog Fred -a survivor of drought and Covid

Real Estate Agent with (408) 425-1601 CA bre 1519182

                                                                                  Sam Shueh

                                              Realty One Group

                                                             Silicon Valley, CA

                                                            (408) 425-1601

I seem to have a great affinity with the frogs. I have some garden statues of frog. A few years ago, I had a day labor to convert my yard to drought tolerant type as we had some of the driest years in modern history. The worker brought his children along and young son came uttered to me in Spanish. "Senor, Tienes ranas aqui!". I replied I know. They are statues.  "Debes venir aqui de inmediato!" The son show me what he saw. He opened up the outside toilet tank lid. There was a frog living inside. As a result of water shortage all creatures adapt to their habitat. From a pond to something that resembled a pond.  

What do you want to name the baby?  "Federico". OK. He is Fred. If he is not there you can flush it after use.  I will bring some gold fish food for Fred.



Over the years, I have told Fred to move to a small pond 80 feet away. It was separated by a wooden gate and a fence by trapping and toss him inside the pond where I thought where he belongs. Next day he is back sitting on his favorite habitat- on a valve top again.  OK that is where you belong. With an occasional surge in pressure resulting in water seepage I got him a quiet new valve. Periodically, I will make house calls see how his habitat is doing and see if he wants another kind of fish food. Fred will come in during the day and disappear other times. One day I found he crawled out a sink hole from a U-joint trap. That is his hot tub? So if I need to use the sink I first have to look if he was safe. 


It has been 6 six years, the day-labor came back recently. He brought his son again.  Hey, You still have a frog in the toilet?  You mean el rena. Yes, you did not speak English before. No, I speak good English now I go to rocket school.  To show him that Fred is fine I lift the toilet tank.
  To our astonishment we saw two there. How for 6 years Fred was solo and got a companion is beyond me. The way we got frogs were from the 1980s when coming back from a Uvas Reservoir fishing trip. We saw some polliwogs living their last few days.  The pond water almost all evaporated so we brought tadpoles home and raised them. Over the years, we found them in the pool brought by pets as trophy in cats water bowl. Our cat will spin the water and watched them swim and ate them.  We have not had a pool for many years, their decedents are still here! These two may even were born inside the toilet tank and that is their habitat. They are the survivors translating to 7 typical generations inspite of a wide range of animals from foxes, racoons to birds. More important is they can coup better with this Covid hiding in shelter in place. The chorlinated tap water and sodium hypochloride is essentially a disinfectant that Fred is exposed to all these years. 

Anyone got a name for the other frog please do so. 

Felicita, Felicija, Froa, Francisca, Frania, Frederikke?


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Sam Shueh Silion Valley Realtor,  SamShuehRealtor at  (408) 425-1601 


Comments (4)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Fred enjoys the love that you give him!  Love will always bring love in return!

Aug 14, 2020 06:17 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Like you, I have a love of frogs.  And, I have several in my yard.  Two are named, Cornelius and Otis!

Sep 20, 2020 04:20 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sam, when I last was in CA, saw some frogs, as we don't see them, as we are too dry.  Keep Fred safe.

Oct 27, 2020 06:54 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Joan Cox 

His friend has disappeared. Freddy is fine but a bit lonely.  He is the decendent of rescued frogs I had over 35 years ago. 

Oct 29, 2020 11:10 PM

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