Thursday, July 15, 2010

THURSDAY IN THE GARDEN WITH DANTE: NO CAT IS AN ISLAND



Today, Dante is showing you what I call "The Island" which borders the front of our property and our neighbour's.  (Hey, does this qualify my cats as "Island Cats", I wonder???)  We have lived here for 20 years now, so what was originally a small pine tree has grown into a behemoth, which reaches well into our yard.

As a result, Dante has claimed at least half of this little wilderness -- for that is exactly what it looks like.  The tree is a blue spruce which was originally planted in a garden bed strewn with river rock.  There is another bush of unknown species at the opposite end to the spruce tree, along with various kinds of ground cover inbetween.

If you didn't see the road, you would really think you were deep in the woods, somewhere.  Given the proper angle, many of my photos appear this way.

Here is Dante giving chase to one of those pesky intruders who has just narrowly escaped.

This is a view of the wild and woolly garden bed known as "The Island".  (The vegetation is wild and Dante is woolly!)


Being a cat of great taste, Dante samples the wilderness grasses.


"Dey is so fwesh an' tasty", he says.


"Nom, nom!  I nominates maiself as King of dis
'I'-Land."


"Here I yam -- da 'I'-Land King!  Is called an 'I'-Land cuz it belongs to me.   Is covered in 'IV'.  Dat belongs to me, too!"


The PURRoprietary Dante stays on guard against intruders (you know who they are).  


"I yam da only puss who can pass fru here.  Udder dan me dere's NO TRESPUSSING!"


Dante hunkers down amongst the foliage to keep watch.


He looks to the right.


He looks to the left.

He's lookin' at YOU, kid!


And while Dante's looking at you, look who's looking at him!


"Introodah!"

The Moral:  No matter how hard you may try to guard your property and keep it private, no cat is an island (even King Dante).


15 comments:

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Dante you are a great king with a great island! It is too bad those pesky squirrels don't understand that!

Sweet Praline said...

That introoder better watch out as long as King Dante is on guard.

Kea said...

That "island" looks like a very cool and inviting spot! And Dante is doing an excellent job guarding it, nasty squirrels notwithstanding. :-)

Hannah and Lucy said...

Dante looks very regal on "his" island - there must be lots of enticing creature rustling noises for him to listen to and many leaves blowing - what an amazing place for him to "own".

Marg said...

Dante, that is a bunch of great pictures. You sure do keep watch on everything so you don't have any introoders. That sneaky squirrel. Maybe you can get him the next time. We enjoyed those photos.
Have a great day.

chezcat1970 said...

Great island, King Dante! And my we supplicate your Highness by saying how regal you look amongst the foliage?

The Paw Relations said...

That is a fab island King Dante. May we visit you sometime?

Jacqueline said...

Dante, King of your Jungle!!..kisses gorgeous friend...Calle, Halle, Sukki

The Island Cats said...

Wow, Dante!! You rule that island well!! No introoder will get by you!!

And having that island may qualify you as an honorary island cat!!

8GR8LOLCATS said...

You have to be eFUR vigilant with the pesky black squirrel... he can hide in the shadows! You must keep ur PURRoPURRties free of all those other creatures! I remember our own Puff-Kitty chasing BIG doggies out of our yard when she was young and an in and out kitty! GOOD JOB Dante!

Cory said...

Ha! Dante, you are an Island Cat!!! I bet Ernie, Wally and Zoey are super excited!

I think that picture of you nomming on the grasses just made our mom's day!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Wot a fab Island yoo have. It's awesome!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

King Dante, we know it's only your good temperament that keeps that introoder from being nomed. You're a very kind and fair king.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Dante'...do you get leaves and twigs stuck in your furs on your adventures? It must be a full time job for your mewmie to keep you twig-free, hahameow!

The Lee County Clowder said...

Was that a black squerrel we saw in that next to last picture?

We've never seen one of those before.