Lucky for me my puppy Abby only got close enough to sniff this intruder before I pulled her back. This is a poisonous Sonoran Desert Toad that had made his way into my front yard and was enjoying a cool, moist spot near a water pipe. If a dog picks this toad up in its mouth or licks it, the chances are very good that it will be fatal. These frogs emerge during monsoon season so be viligant if you have pets! Here's more info and help tips if your pet has been poisoned. And TIME is CRITICAL to get your pet to the vet!
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: