Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Meet Clem

Hello everybody. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

It's been really dry outside lately. The grass is getting brown, and some of the flowers are wilting. Ghostwriter has been watering them with the hose. Don't worry. She hasn't sprayed me with it. Yet.

Yesterday she was pulling weeds and dead plants in the back yard, and look what she found: (Can you see him? He's very well camouflaged.) 

 She was very happy to see him and invited him into the house for an interview and a photo session (in the kitchen sink.) 

She asked him what his name was, but he wasn't very talkative. So she gave him a name that she said reminded her of many happy times watching TV as a kid: Clem Kadiddlehopper.

(She said if you know who that was, then you're as old as she is!) 

I have no idea who that was, but I guess it's a good fun name for a big jolly hop toad like this one.

She put Clem out into the garden in the front yard where he would find lots of bugs to eat, and where I wouldn't be able to catch him.

She said I might accidentally hurt him with my sharp teeth. Plus toads like this have poison glands that could give me a bad stomach ache. Of course, we have a link to a scientific treatise if you want to learn more about toads like this.


One more thing, this morning it finally rained! I bet Clem was happy about that!

It's a good day for sleeping.


  1. Nice to meet you Clem! Happy napping Chester, enjoy your rainy day!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  2. Clem looks like a nice fellow. We have lots of hoppy things like him in our yard too. Our pawrents were so happy to have so much rain today. They might not have to water the yard for a few days now.

  3. Wow, Clem looks like a good friend! We have some froggies who hang out in our yard too.

  4. Nice to meet you, Clem Kadiddlehopper. Our Mom remembers that Red Skelton guy who played the original Clem. Her mother used to laugh so hard at silly Clem. Mom was just a little girl then, but she remembers.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  5. Hi, Clem!! We have seveal of your cousins here...and we do NOT touch them at all, BOL! They smell bad tous, we give them a nose over when we see them, but that s all....blech! He looks like a Clem...and um...well, petcretary did not have a TV till she was 14 years old, but she does remember Mr Clem Kadiddlehopper, BOL, BOL!

  6. Mom remembers Red Skelton as Clem Kadiddlehopper so I guess that means she must be as old as the hills. Clem is a cutie!

  7. We know how many bugs Clem can get into his tummy. He is a welcome creature in landscapes.

  8. You did a great job finding and making friends with Clem. Sadly we June exactly we that is. Mom used to watch Mr Skeleton. Now don't be eating Clem. He tastes terrible

  9. We are gettin more toads and frogs than ever this year!

  10. We haven't seen as many toads or frogs this year. Lee has learned not to kiss them as they can taste gross.

  11. Clem what a perfect name and I did so love Red Skeleton.
    Yay for rain I bet Clem was croaking big time too
    Hugs cecilia

  12. And not only do they taste bad, they screech! Like somebody pulling their nails along a blackboard!! Awful (I had cats that would catch tiny toads and they made a noise: terrible).

    If you google tree carving artist in your area, you might find somebody to make a sculpture of your tree. And if you don't like it: chainsaw!

    Klem, Mara

  13. The Ghostwriter is always so good to the creatures in your yard.
    Mabel & Hilda

  14. Mom is old enough to know and love the original Clem K. I am not.

    Love and licks,

  15. Okay, so my mom is at least as old as your mom. And lots of other moms, too, BOL!

  16. Oh dear, we do remember Mr Kadiddlehopper ...the secret is out.