Wednesday, October 25, 2006


The government and media are constantly bombarding us with stories about our nation's drug problem. To hear it told, none of us are safe from the scourge of drugs. (And that's not even including prescription drugs, which is another story altogether.) Apparently, the danger is even greater than we thought. Presenting this tragic story of a life of good dog gone bad due to drugs.

Lady was a model citizen. Loyal to her family, "really perky, and happy, and generally excited to see you when you came in the door every day," recalls Andrew Mirsch. She had everything to live for... and suddenly everything changed.

The Mirsch family moved into a new neighborhood and soon Lady fell in with the wrong crowd. Soon, the Mirsch family noticed something was different. "We noticed Lady spending an awful lot of time down by the pond in our backyard," Laura Mirsch recalls. If only she knew what was really happening... They found out too late, however, the true story.

Maybe the warning signs were there -- the glassy-eyed looks, the disorientation, the emotional distance... the barks that sounded oddly like, "Far Out!" But it wasn't until later that the Mirch family discovered what was really happening:

"[L]ate one night after I'd put the dogs out, Lady wouldn't come in. She finally staggered over to me from the cattails," Laura Mirsch explained in horror. "She looked up at me, leaned her head over and opened her mouth like she was going to throw up, and out plopped this disgusting toad." But that wasn't the worst of it. It was what every parent fears -- Lady was on drugs. It turns out, the fluids on the toad's skin are a powerful hallucinogen.

Despite the Mirsch family's attempts at intervention, the sad truth soon became apparent: Lady was out of control. "We couldn't keep our dog's addiction a secret any longer," Laura Mirsch says. "The neighbors all knew that Lady was a drug addict, and soon the other dogs weren't allowed to play with her."

Another tragic story of a life ruined by drugs and addiction. Don't let this happen to you.


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