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.