As is the required regular morning routine I was out playing ball with The Boys, Nicklas, Ian and Larkin, and one of the balls took a crazy bounce and ended up in the veggie bed. (the overflowing bed on the left in the photo, but of course.)
I searched for a while but the tomato plants have literally taken over, becoming so dense and tightly packed together I couldn’t find it without breaking branches.
So hoping I’d eventually come across it one day, I went in the house and got the back up ball. I luckily have a 4th extra ball as the neighbors tossed another one we’d lost many weeks ago back over the wall ??? and we finished our game.
A couple hours later Nicklas goes up to the garden fence, nose in the air obviously having caught a scent and I’m like OMG, he smells the ball! Almost disbelieving, I open the gate, only letting him in (Ian & Larkin know something is up and want in on it too LOL), and he goes right to the middle of the bed sticking his nose in amongst the tomato plants very carefully. He spots an opening by the basil plants and puts a paw in the dirt but quickly listens and takes his paw out when I tell him no.
He sniffs around a bit more and then zeros in with his nose stuffed in a plant and holds still. I check and yup, he’s found it!
I carefully reach in, moving leaves and branches to pick up the ball while Nicklas impatiently waits, thankfully not lunging into the garden bed to grab it.
He is very pleased with his find of course and proudly pranced off with Ian and Larkin hot on his heels, pestering him, hoping to steal his treasure. Lol.