Friday, February 28, 2014


These are pictures taken last year around this time.  They are presented in an abstract-impressionist style.

 "Yoo may has de imPURRession ...

... dat I is an abstrackt thinkah" says Dante.

"An' yoo wood be rite!"

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Dante's outlook is hopeful.  He's looking out for sPURRing.

Unfortunately, that darn Polar Vortex has been at it again, and is turning most of the continent into a deep-freeze for the second time this winter.

"Good fing I'm fah-sighted", says Dante.

Oh well, at least we can console ourselves by looking on at Dante looking out.  That fiery orange should warm you up, even if the weather won't!

Friday, February 21, 2014


Today Dante is in the back yard taking advantage of some milder weather.

He's having lots of fun playing with his 'Transformers'.  His favourite one is called 'Ravage' ...

... because 'Ravage' is a cat!

'Ravage' is the coolest of all of his toys.

"Ravage reely kicks ass!", says Dante admiringly.  "Gettin' ta know him has bin kwite a transformin' exPURRience."

"Is jus' wun more reeson why CATS rule da world!!!"

"Eat yoor hart out, Catman!" declares Dante.

Catman used to be Dante's hero, but Ravage has ripped that image to shreds. After all, Catman is just a PURRetender.  

Ravage is the real thing.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014



Today, it is warmer and sunnier.  This is our front yard in light and shadow.

Before winter is over, I wanted to do one more Winter Petrospective of Dante.  He is truly outstanding against the snow.  You might want to 'biggify' each picture to appreciate its true impact.

 Even on a gray day, Dante glows.

 Dante really digs winter!

He likes to point things out in deTAIL.

Here he is posing at the front door.  I think he does very well, even without opPOSEable thumbs! 

 And here's Dante on the back deck taking a very forceful stance.
"I'mma force ta be reckoned wif", says he.

 When the sun shines in the back yard, so does Dante.

Being a standout in Winter, is no mean feet!
"Dey gets reely cold if yoo stands in one spot fur too long", remarks he.

So, I don't think Dante will mind when Winter's finally behind him.

Even though Winter is very cool (frigid, actually), we hope that Spring is at the end of that rainbow.  So stay tuned for a Dante SPURRing Petrospective coming to a blog close to you, real soon.

Monday, February 17, 2014


Dante has a very good sense of humour.  He can take being the BUTT of the joke!

 "Let's face it", he says.  "My back end is smooth as BUTTah!"

But Dante seems much more concerned with what's ahead.

"Jus' like my friend here, I learned dat anyfing worfwhile in life is generully HARD-URNed!"

 URNestness is something that Dante and his URN have in common, although Dante is more likely to show off his softer side.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Dante made his fiance, Sascha, a gorgeous Valentine which truly expresses his love for her.

Love is not only in their hearts, but in the air, as well.

For Valentine's Day, Sascha booked a tour of Russian art and architecture for Dante and herself, in Moscow.  They are both very interested in the history of Russia, and it's beginnings in the Byzantine empire, which has influenced so many of their buildings.

They are both out and about in their Russian Ushanka hats, and matching fur muffs.  During their tour, they also PURRused the shops for authentic Russian folk art, including Matroyshka dolls, of course -- and fabulous Faberge eggs, which are an art unto themselves.

Dante bought Sascha a beautiful Faberge egg necklace to match her fur coat.

And Sascha bought Dante a blue silk tie, with the Russian Coat of Arms emblazoned upon it, as a souvenir.

What a marvelous adventure they had!  At the end of the day, after having a romantic dinner together, they returned to Sochi to continue their Olympic experience.  After all there were many more competitions to come.

Dante couldn't resist buying Sascha one more thing for Valentine's Day.

"Dis will remind yoo of me wen I'm not around", says Dante to Sascha.  "He's not kwite as cuddly as me, but he's da next best fing."

"Yoo are de wun and only target of my affeckshuns, darlink Sascha -- an' I doan need any target PURRactice fur dat ...

... cuz my love fur yoo is straight as an arrow!"

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Dante is standing tall after coming fourth in the Olympic standings for the Men's Biathlon!  He just narrowly missed being on the podium because he was 'dis-track-ed' ...

... by a Russian Weasel!

Was the weasel a plant?  Did someone know about Dante's penchant for hunting small animals?  
Was Dante targeted by another comPETitor?

Dante was on track until this rascally weasel galloped past. 

The weasel went all out to capture Dante's attention.

And then when Dante least expected it, the little weasel turned coat (at least he got dressed in one) and fired on him totally without PURRovocation!

Dante returned fire, but was no match for the weasel's evasive maneuvers.  Meanwhile, the biathlon was still in progress, and Dante had to make up valuable time.

Weasel, schmeasel!  Next time around, Dante will have to make sure that his only target during the race is the finish line.  Damn that wheezely weasel!

Nonetheless, we are extremely proud of Dante's accomplishment.  Coming 4th in the Olympics is certainly nothing to sneeze at!  .