What is that smell? That was the question of the day, It was coming from the back yard. Looking under the deck provided the answer. A dead dog.
I have a hunch the dog tangled with a toad, got sick and searched for a spot to die.
I posted a message on our neighborhood watch WhatsApp line reporting a dead white dog and in 5 minutes a neighbor came down to check to see if it was one that had been reported missing. Sure enough, it was.
He called the owner. They came over and got the dog. They said it and another small dog were missing yesterday. A search at the end of the block produced the other dog.
The rains have brought out the toads in force. Dogs running loose are very vulnerable to take on a toad and while they are small they are lethal.