Had another mystery solved for mom. It wasn't very hard, it's like she wakes up in a new world sometimes, just plumb forgettin' the past. It's either that, or she keeps doin' the same thing w/the same factors in place an' figurin' there'll be a different outcome for some reason. See...she has this big round planter w/some lil' squash plants in it. It's one of two she planted. The other one is doin' good. It's got big plants w/blooms on it. The ones in the round planter are kinda puny an' some of the leaves looked like somethin' was eatin' on it. So, mom thought it was gettin' too much shade an' moved it to another place. I sniffed all around where it had been, then checked it out in the new place. It looked fine to me.
Later, mom & I was on the deck. She was talkin' on the phone, when I noticed the culprit....Lexie. She was right over there at that big round pot chompin' away on them squash leaves. In fact, she was slowly walkin' around in a circle makin' sure she sampled each plant. Then mom noticed her, too.
Mom sure wanted to yell, "NO!!!!!!", at Lexie, but she couldn't 'cause she was on the phone. Mom poked me on my back, I looked at her an' she was furiously pointin' at Lexie, the squash leaf thief (try sayin' that 5 times fast). She didn't have to poke me twice. I launched myself off that deck an' straight at Lexie. I knew what I had to do...divert. I gave her a big push an' then took off across the yard w/her zoomin' right on my tail. After two circles around the fig tree an' grape arbor, we had a grand wrastlin' bitey face. By then, Lexie was ready for a dip in her pond....all thoughts of her squash leaf salad bar outa her mind. I went back to the deck to let mom know I took care of it. She gave me a big pat on the back, an' as soon as she was off the phone I followed her in the kitchen where she gave me a big bacon chew.
You see, I totally understand my responsiblilites....gotta keep mom happy, but gotta take care of my staff, too.