Thursday, April 21, 2011


Dante has been very busy in both the front and back yards this week.  He's had to contend with a lot of colder weather and some rain, but there were a few nice days when the sun came out, so he took advantage while he could.

There are some very important Spring rituals which Dante must PURRform in order for the trees and bushes to do well during the growing season.  In general, I refer to this ritual as "Dances with Trees".  Some people dance with stars, and some with wolves, but Dante dances with trees.

Dante feels it is important to love your trees by giving them extra attention and affection.  They like it when you talk to them, and give them a hug.  Dante is a very "paws on"  kind of gardener.  And everything grows better when it has a good self-esteem.

Here is Dante giving a hug to his favourite tree in the front yard.

And then he "PAWSes" to have a little chat.
"How's it goin' aftah such a hard wintah?", asks he.

Then Dante turns his attention to the bushes in the front garden bed.

"Did I MUNCHion dat I likes ta doos a taste-test?  It helps me ta judge da healf of da plant."

"Dey likes ta be nibbled", says Dante.  "Dey're kwite tickled by it -- an' it's fun fur me, too!"

"Dere's nuffin' like a liddle interactif play wif yoor bushes to stimulates dere growf!", declares Dante.
"My werk heer is done."

So, Dante takes a little break, then turns his attention to the crabapple tree in the back yard. 
"I missed yoo so much durin' da wintah", says Dante.  "Cum an' giffs me a big hug!"

"Duz yoo has any problems yoo'd like ta talk about?", asks Dante. 

But he is reassured that everything is A-OK!  So, he just gives the crabapple a little pat for good measure.

Dante then takes a look at the side yard which leads down to the garden gate.

"Da grass is growin' verreh nicely heer", says he, "doe it reely duz need a gud rakin'!  I will put in my recommendashuns to Daddy (but I feers dey may be ignored).

There's a lot of ground to cover, but Dante isn't one to lollygag (except when he's on Mommy's LOL-Spot).

(Biggify for the "Awe" factor")
"Well, dat's all fur dis week!", says Dante.  "I hopes yoo has lerned sumfing about how to luff up yoor trees.  An' maibe a dance step or two, too!"


The Monkeys said...

You're very handsome and we think you're doing a fabulous job pruning your yard and preparing for spring, Dante!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Thank you for all your gardening tips Dante - we have made mum take notes so we don't forget any of
We particularly liked your hug with the crab apple tree.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Kea said...

We love your Dances with Trees, Dante! We're sure that your efforts are what keep those wonderful trees healthy!

Happy Easter weekend to you all!

-Fuzzy Tales

Gemini and Ichiro said...

You are good at hugging those trees. I bet that is why they grow so well.

Forty Paws said...

Dante, you are such a handsome poodin!

Luf, Us

SuziQCat said...

Dante you have a great rapport with your plants and trees.

Cat said...

Dante we didn't know you were a tree-hugger! Your garden will definitely thrive because you give it so much love :-)

Mr Puddy said...

Dante, That tree will be thrilled by your love of claws : )
I guess your tree will grow leaves extremely fast in this spring !


Treasure said...

Dear Dante,

Thanks for the update on your garden. It looks like it will be a good year for it will your excellent supervision.

I also agree that bushes like to be tickled with our bities.

Princess Treasure

Lisa Kolosey said...

I'm sure those trees appreciate your extra special loving touch, Dante!

I love your whisker bumps!!

~Lisa Co9T

The Island Cats said...

Dante, we think the trees enjoyed dancing with you too!!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We hope yoo all had a super Easter. We are so sorry we are late seeing this sooper post ~ mom was too busy eating easter chocs wiv the fambly.

Love Milo and Alfie xx

8GR8LOLCATS said...

Dante U R a Master Gardener! I am RLY imPURRessed with the way you relate to the flora around you!

Jans Funny Farm said...

Good job, Dante. You are a very good gardener.

Clooney said...

Uh, theese was most excellent! Dante, I thinks you should be called "The Sensitive Gardener". Good work Buddy!