Thursday, May 27, 2010


Dante is in the front garden this week.  Mama finally got around to planting some flowers in pots and Dante is guarding them, making sure that they are not disturbed by introoders of any sort.

There are little bits of green growing up through the cracks in the brickwork. Daddy's whippurrsnippurr is busted and he needs to get a new one, but in the meantime Dante enjoys noshing on these shoots. He doesn't know what they are, but they sure taste good!

Mama planted a bunch of different stuff in the pots on the front steps.  Dante doesn't know what it is yet, but he's sure it will be pretty when it blooms.
In the garden bed in the background, there are three bushes; two weigelas on the right hand side.  The first one already has bright red buds which should soon open up fully.  The second one has pale pink flowers which aren't open yet, and the third one is a spirea which will have clusters of tiny bright pink flowers about a month from now.

So, Dante takes up his vigil next to the garden bed. 

And none too soon.  His ears prick back at the sound of a possible introoder.

And there he is, in black and black!

This is no evil squirrel!  It's something much more sinister.

It's Figaro!  Stealer of treats, and thief of mama's heart.

Dante doesn't delay in letting Figaro know he isn't welcome.

At first, Dante just stares him down.

Then, emboldened by the power of the flowers, Dante approaches this stubborn invader.  He has a lot at stake to protect in his garden (not least of which his treats).

When Dante finally says "Hit the road, buddy!", Figaro endeavours to do just that.

As Figaro lopes off towards his home, Dante keeps watch to make sure he's not being faked out.

And he's not disappointed.

This time, strengthened by the vibes of the newly planted flowers, Dante was once again able to vanquish evil where evil belongs.  (In this case, across the street.)

No time to rest, though.  A garden cat's work is never done.


Sammy and Andy said...

You are such a busy fella, Dante!!!! Just remember to get plenty of snoozes in....your garden is loverly!!!!!!!

SuziQCat said...

That's a lot to keep an eye on...maybe Dillon can come help you :) Figaro is a beautiful black should try and be friends :)

Cheysuli and gemini said...

You go Dante! Protect your garden!

Kea said...

Dante, great job at introoder repelling! (Figaro is awfully handsome, though!)

You're garden is coming along nicely, all due to your role as Protector, Dante. Well done!

The Paw Relations said...

Wow Dante, you sure showed him!

The Monkeys said...

You're such a fabulous guard cat, Dante! We think your family and garden appreciate you very much!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Dante you did a great job of getting rid of that pesky introoder! And your mom did a great job of planting those pretty flowers - it is good she has to you guard and protect them!

Jacqueline said...

Dante is doing a great job guarding his garden flowers...Figaro is a beautiful black cat; we love black cats, they are lucky!!...kisses sweetie...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

You sure take your guarding furry seriously! WTG!

8GR8LOLCATS said...

Lovely container gardens... You had your friend Figaro come to admire them too! A big red cat has to take time to smell the flowers!

The Island Cats said...

Dante, you sure protect your garden well!!

Our mom loves your mom's pots!! As you know, our mom plants a lot of pots too!!!

Cory said...

Dante...we think Figaro would steal our mom's heart too....and that can't be done! Good work chasing him a nice dignified way of course.

Anonymous said...

What a great guard cat you are, but Figaro is so handsome! maybe you can swap mancat tips!

Fin said...

Steal Mom's heart from you? Never!

Hannah and Lucy said...

This is a lovely post - Figaro is a very beautiful with floofy black
furrs and Dante in a gorgeous bundle of orange furs. Dante has a very pretty garden to protect and so has to see off introoders!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

You have a lovely garden to protect, and we are glad it didn't come to fisticuffs with that black intruder! You said scram, and he listened!