All week my person has been leaving me and talking about weird animals.
What is she doing?
I think I should be informed.
Or maybe not.
Is there something crawling up my leg?
I met one of my neighbors on my trails today and he said there was a mystery.
I’m trying to figure out what he’s talking about.
How can Detective Dog solve a mystery if he doesn’t know what it is?
Maybe I’ll figure it out if I put on my Detective Dog hat.
Okay, where’s that mystery?
My neighbor was talking about what?
The mystery of the clouds?
If they’re not on my trails and I can’t smell them, then it must not be a mystery worthy of Detective Dog’s time.
Besides, what’s so mysterious about clouds?
Strange cloud shapes?
I’m leaving the mystery of the strange cloud shapes to my neighbor.
I’m heading back inside. It’s awfully windy out here.
I’ve been checking for clues everywhere.
So while I was checking for clues on the last mystery, I discovered a new mystery.
A Detective Dog’s work is never done.
I might have to do some modeling and have my person take some new Detective Dog pics before I wear my hat out.
Besides, I always get extra treats when I model.
Okay, back to the mystery.
It’s a Manzanita mystery.
Because baby Manzanita berries always start out green.
And most of the new berries on my trails are coming out green.
They usually get some rosy color later, but when they first appear they’re green.
But I found some berries that just had to be different.
As a matter of fact, even their blossoms were different.
They had pink blossoms.
All the blossoms on the other bushes were white.
And when these berries popped out they weren’t green at all.
They were red.
So I started investigating to find out why these berries, and these only, were different than the rest.
And you know what I discovered when I looked around the other side of the berries?
The berries are red on one side – and green on the other.
These berries are not so different after all.
It’s all a front.
I guess she felt sorry for me because she decided to give me something to investigate.
I didn’t bother to tell her that this investigation wasn’t even worth getting on my Detective Dog hat.
As a matter of fact, it wasn’t much of an investigation at all.
But it did allow me some great sniffs, so I’m not complaining.
We saw that two toned bush in the first picture. I swear it was all green the last time we walked by here.
But then we saw something even stranger.
We saw bushes that seemed to glow on their own, almost as if they had lights inside them.
And after those bushes, we saw a tree doing the same thing.
But I solved this mystery far too easily.
There’s no electricity on my trails so it has to be something else.
Check this out.
This is so obvious I don’t know why my person didn’t figure it out herself.
If I dig right here it will be obvious to everyone.
They buried the batteries right next to the tree.
I’ve got to get to work.
Here’s what happened.
A couple days ago I went out on my trails and I found seven little lights.
I’ve never seen lights like these on my trails before.
I guess someone wanted to see in the dark – but why would they leave these lights here during the day?
So I started checking for clues.
No unusual smells here.
Maybe this way.
I came up with nothing so I decided to continue on down my trail.
And then I found another one.
Just sitting on the ground.
This is getting really strange.
I continued on my walk, sniffing as I went, but I didn’t find any more of those lights.
But the next day when I went out on my trails…
there were only five lights left.
And one still on the ground.
Now I’ve got a second mystery.
Not only did somebody leave these lights, but somebody is taking them away.
What’s a Detective Dog to do? Two mysteries at the same time.
I continued sniffing and then went back home – exhausted from brain drain over the two mysteries.
I went out again on my trails today, wearing my Detective Dog hat.
And mystery of all mysteries on my trails…
I only found one light left.
I hope I get this mystery solved before all the lights go out.
I’m going to have to put my Detective Dog hat on for sure.
There. I feel better already.
Oh yeah. I guess I’d better tell you what this mystery is all about.
About a week ago I told you about my puddle invasion.
My puddle had appeared after missing for weeks, but then I discovered it had been invaded by tadpoles.
Then both the puddle and the tadpoles disappeared, but when the puddle came back it left the tadpoles somewhere else.
For a few days now my puddle has been sticking around – just like usual. No tadpoles – just a puddle.
Last night we had a thunderstorm. It was really horrible, waking up in the middle of the night to all that thunder.
I wish it would leave me alone.
But I think tadpoles must like thunder.
Because today when I went out on my trails, not only had my puddle grown –
but when I stuck my feet into it …
I felt these tickly things bumping into me.
The tadpoles had returned.
And now it’s up to Detective Dog to figure out what those tadpoles are up to.
And what they intend to do with my puddle.
These bags aren’t very interesting in themselves except for the fact that I usually never see the same one twice.
Most of the time when I come back the same way the bag is missing. There might be another bag in a different location, but that first bag is hardly ever there anymore.
I gave up trying to solve this mystery eons ago. There’s nothing special about these bags and they just don’t interest me enough.
There might be something inside these bags, but the smell doesn’t come through and I’d much rather solve mysteries with more aromatic clues.
But today, while I was sniffing the territory and looking for some clues that might lead me to a new mystery I passed another of those little black bags.
I was about to walk right by it when…
I had to do a double take.
Apparently somebody thought this particular bag was special.
But I wanted an excuse to put that hat on again. It’s been awhile. Things have been slow on my trails and I haven’t come across any mysteries that need solving.
I think it’s all those flowers out there. My person gets so busy with her camera taking pictures of them that the mysteries just pass us by and I miss them.
Maybe that’s the mystery I should be solving. How to get rid of those flowers – or how to make my person leave her camera at home.
But no, I’ve got another mystery to work on today.
My person has been so busy lately that she hasn’t put any flowers in our garden. That’s okay by me because the weeds still grow there and some of them make tasty treats.
But somebody must have decided that we still need flowers because they gave us a flower that doesn’t have to be replaced every year.
Out in the rocks that line the culvert in front of our yard a permanent flower appeared.
A silk flower to decorate the culvert.
So the real mystery is not who left the flower, but why we got a fake flower instead of a real one.
I like to do the watering and this flower doesn’t need any water.
Now I’ve just got to figure out what kind of clue this is. Which mystery will it help me solve.
Detective Dog to the rescue!
Let me see what I can deduce with a sniff. Did you notice I’m starting to learn a lot of big detective words? Indubitably you did. My friend Jet would be proud of me.
Not much evidence here. The scent of some little hands, but which way did they go? Why did they leave this clue here? What is this stuff anyway? It’s tickling my nose.
Speak to me blue star shaped thing with tickly stuff. Where did you come from? Who left you here? Why are you still sticking around?
Wait, wait! I think I’m getting something.
What am I thinking? I’ve got the wrong hat on.
This isn’t a clue to a mystery needing to be solved. This is an invite to a party!
Wait for me! I’m ready now.
Oh no! There’s nobody here.
What a drag. I’m all dressed up and nowhere to go.