These are the blog entries we put off writing. It is so difficult to share this news.
Our darling General Eisenhower, Ike, was reported missing a week or so ago. His body was discovered when the neighbor's pool was cleaned. Sadly, Ike lives in a benighted area of the country where pools are not legally required to be fenced, and irresponsible people choose, because they can choose, not to protect animals and children from the attractive nuisance they provide for their own pleasure.
If you have a swimming pool on your property, there is absolutely no excuse for failing to secure it--to secure it with a lock and fence, at the very least to float an alarm on it, and certainly to keep it covered and drained during the months when it is not being used. Shame on you if you have a pool and do not practice some or all of these simple, commonsensical preventative measures. Today you may fish a possum or a squirrel or a dog from your pool. Next week it could be a neighbor's granddaughter. What's wrong with you?
And before careless pool-owning readers start defensively wondering where Ike's people were, yes--they were remiss in allowing him to escape. That shouldn't have happened. Absolutely right. Yet--How many times just today have you avoided death or injury by sheer good fortune? Did you take your eyes off the road to adjust the car radio and not hit a pedestrian or bicyclist? Did you not choke on a piece of food at dinner last night? Did you not mistake one medication for another this morning? You didn't tumble down the stairs when you were carrying a too full laundry basket last week. Maybe your baby didn't fall off the changing table when you had to reach for the wipes. But those things happened to other people who are usually just as smart and careful as you are. And because those things sometimes DO happen, we must be sure not to compound other people's bad judgment or misfortune with bad judgment or negligence of our own. We cannot foresee, and even after it happens we simply can't believe, that our children will wander off while under our own eyes. If it hasn't happened to you or someone you know yet, just wait. But we do know that children love water. We can foresee that a pool will be a draw to any thirsty thing or wandering child. And because we can foresee that, we are, of course, responsible for preventing tragedy insofar as we can.
Our second unhappy message is that our beloved Hercule has crossed the bridge. His neurological problems just grew greater and more comprehensive and when his life was painful and unhappy, his foster mom held him as he went to where he will not suffer anymore. Hercule was deeply loved not just by his foster family, but by all of FBRN's volunteers and so many of our supporters.
We'll carry the image of his foolish face with us as long as we live.
We send our love with you, Ike and Hercule, and our wish for peace to your families.
The Frog Princess