Friday, November 9, 2012


So, furst of all, here is the result from the pool for "Domino at her Best".  And which 'best' did YOU like best?  Number 6, titled "HELP" was the runaway winner.

"Help!  I really mean it -- Help!!!"

This is our house as it was.  Serene and beautiful. 

Then something strange started to happen.

 Domino had a rather uneasy feeling.

 Not to mention Dylan, who is always on guard.

"Dere's sumfin rottin in da state of my gardin!", says he.

Domino sees red flags! 
On the other paw, Dante seems clueless.

 Well, maybe some of the flags are yellow and orange, too -- but you get the drift!

 Then yesterday there was such a commotion outside in front, that all kitties stayed inside and dared not even look out the window!  When we checked after the noise had subsided, this is what we saw.  We didn't have a driveway anymore!!!

And where once there was an idyllic garden space outside our front door ...

 ... now there was only devastation!

Where once there was a lovely patio seating area just outside our front bay window ...

... now there is NOTHING!  Worse than nothing!  There's dirt and debris all over the place.   There's no place to sit and even the bushes are gone.

Why?  Why?  Why, you may ask?  And in this you are not alone.  The 3-Ds want to know, too, why they're outdoor haven has been destroyed -- of all things by a CATerpillar!

 "Yoo crack me up!" says Dante.  "I noo all along dere wuzza problem.  Fings is not always as PURRfect as dey may appear."

Dante is right on the money with this one (which is a good thing because the reno is going to be very expensive!).  The soil in our area is just about pure clay.  As a result it shifts and anything built on top of it shifts, too.  

We've had problems with the front steps for about 10 years now, and keep getting temporary fixes.  Well, the time has come to get it fixed once and for all.  To do this, they need to destroy everything and start from scratch.  Even the driveway had sunk several inches over time, and we had temporary patches in front of the garage so the car wouldn't get damaged going in and out.

To top things off, we always went for the cheapest solution and never hired real professionals -- friends of my son, and then one of our neighbours -- all with bad results.  

This time we have real pros at work -- the best in the business, and a guarantee that will last as long as we're in the house.  No more sinking or shifting for us.  Or for the cats.

Dante will likely miss the big gap on the stairs because chipmunks would hide in there, and he was always poking his paw about in the crack, trying to catch one.

"Dat's OK, says Dante.  "I gots biggah fish ta fry!"  Yes, that's right Dante, there's a nice salmon in the fridge for all of us to share, although a plate of fish and chipmunks does go rather well together.

Stay tuned for the results in about a week from now!  For the front walkway and driveway, that is (not Dante's dinner).


Hannah and Lucy said...

We hope you don't have rain and lots of HUGE muddy paws!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Our house id built on clay, too. The trees have sent roots under the house seeking water. We had to have the whole house jacked last year. It was a mess, but is nice now! Good luck!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Good luck with that reno, we hope there will be no $urpri$e$.

It usually is worth it to fork over the money to have a job done properly...though sometimes even "professionals" do shoddy work! Hope not in this case! LOL.

HH and The Boys said...

I think you better stay inside until it's all finished. It looks dangerous out there.

Have a great weekend.

hugs, Max, Bugsy and Knuckles

marg said...

Wow, that is really too bad to have to take all that away. Kind of sad. Hope it all gets fixed and fixed right this time. But all you kitties there will be some more good exploring to do. Take care.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

we wood like ta stay tooned for dante's dinner if itz OK


and we hope yur new garden iz a BURD FREE ZONE

haza grate week oh end everee one !!!

The Paw Relations said...

Woah, that sure looks like a lot of work and disruption, but we're sure it'll all be worth it in the end.

Brian said...

Oh my goodness, no wonder pretty Domino was asking for help!

Sparkle said...

Paws crossed that all goes well with the work! Although I really think you should have a chipmunk gap built in. ;-)

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Oh no! The caterpillar stole your garden. We hope peace soon returns and everything is fixed once and for all.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Hooray! We're hoping that it all ends up looking great!

Unknown said...

Me thinks it will end up being better than ever!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

that looks like A LOT of work! Can't wait to see the results!

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

It will be a major hard work,
I am looking forward to your result.

AND Yes, No.6 is really the best.

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

this post made me think of:

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster

but replace him with it, and Steve Austin with the Porch

Oui Oui said...

Uh oh! This could go on for a while! We have to replace some leaking water pipes leading up to the house but it only took a day. We had a little bobcat dig up our lawn but the kitties here might have wanted to try their paws at some digging.