Thursday, September 30, 2010


This week Dante is in the front garden.  If you recall, last week in the back garden, he was trying to determine the cause of leaves turning yellow and falling to the ground.

Well, much to Dante's dismay (because it's September -- not May!), the same thing is happening here.

"Da poison mus' be sPURReadin'!", says Dante. 

"Dere's even moar leefs heer dan in the back yawd!"

Just then the Number One suspect dashes by before Dante can question him about his nefarious activities.

"Hehehe -- suckah!  Catch me if you can."

But like quicksilver (who new silver was quick?), the evil beastie vanishes, as if into thin air. "He leeved his nuts behind", says Dante (all too aware of his own that were stolen when he was quite young.)

Just then Dante spies another culprit.  It seems the list of suspects is just growing!

It's that pesky pug from next door pooing on the lawn.  PURRhaps, that's the poison!

But again, before Dante can question her, she's off, leaving the evidence behind.  Dante is somewhat reluctant to obtain a sample of this evil deed.

When Dante looks up he spies another evil squirrel in the tree branches.  You can see how all the leaves are turning yellow around him -- and as Dante watches even more leaves fall to the ground.  This squirrel still has it's nuts, though -- lucky fellow!

So, Dante prepares to scale the tree to confront his nemesis, but finds it imPAWsible.

So he settles for taking another sample of the bark for testing. 

"I will compares dis sampull wif da sampull from da back gardin and see if it's da same poison.  We has to stop da leefs fallin' before dey becomes eckstinkt.  Wen sumfing is eckstinkt, it smells up  efurryfing arownd it."

Dante is extremely dismayed to find fallen leaves even in the driveway.

"I finks dis PURRoblem is bigger dan I tot", says he.  "Is up ta me ta safe da whole whirled frum eckSTINKshun."

Tune in next week to see the results of the lab tests.


Admiral Hestorb said...

Oh look so intrepid and man catly! I know you will get to the bottom of it for us!

We have ebil squirrels here too and I bet that's what is making our leaves fall and turn color TOO! You are on the way to solving the complete mystery. I've been sniffing the airs here where I live and I will let you know what my lady cat senses MAY help to tie all the evidences together.

My goodness, we have never seen a black squirrel before!

Let us know the conclusions you come to.

Anonymous said...

MOL~!!! Holy SMOKES~!!! That black quirrel was right NEXT to you! Man, you let your lunch escape!

Hannah and Lucy said...

So many suspects for Dante to consider before pronouncing the identity evil leaf shedder!! Poor Dante will be exhausted and in need of a nap.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh my Dante--I think this could be a very big problem indeed!

Anonymous said...

Geez, Dante, pugs relieving themselves on your lawn, squirrels throwing nuts all over, trees dropping their leaves--what's going *on* in your garden? We're anxious to find out!

Sweet Praline said...

Let us know if you find the culprit!

That black evil squirrel is very brave to get so close to Dante.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh Dante we know you will get to the bottom of it!

And boy, we can't believe how close that one squirrel got to you - he must be crazy!!

Marg said...

Dante, you have a huge job ahead of you to save the world from dis-tink-shun. The picture of the doggie pooing is very funny. That squirrel is very pretty and very quick. Hope you can find that poison. Have a fine day.

Noll's Nip said...

Oh Dante, I know you are dismayes...but I can't stop laughing about your pooping pug of a neighbor ;)

The Island Cats said...

Holy moly!! We can't believe that evil squirrel got that close to you, Dante!!

cats of wildcat woods said...

Boy that is one brave squirrel! Our leafs are falling here too! Must be contagious!

Cory said...

That squirrel is evil!!! I can't believe he got so close to you Dante!

The leaves are starting to fall here too...and pretty soon the trees will be completely wiped out and mom and dad will spend hours and hours raking them up. It happended last year and the year before that too. Can you figure out a way to stop it Dante?