A Puzzling Problem

I found a new hobby recently. Puzzles! And I especially enjoy putting them together on the porch outside Mr. Basketmaker’s workshop.

I never thought I would be interested long enough to delve into a puzzle. I’m more of an instant-gratification type of gal.

But I have found that it has therapeutic benefits! After trying to be creative and coming up with several ‘great’ ideas for a client, my brain doesn’t want to think anymore! And puzzles really help in ‘cleansing’ my mind!

But I have a problem. See this pic?

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In case you didn’t catch it, here’s a closer look…

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Yup, there is one piece missing. I bought it new so I know it most likely sat on this table at one point.

However, I believe I know the culprit. He’s right here…

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How do I know? Well, I went inside to get more water and as I opened the door to return to the porch and continue with my puzzle, I saw this inquisitive thief with both of his large white paws up on the table, investigating what I have been doing up there.

At the time, I thought nothing of it because I retrieved a few of the pieces he knocked over on the floor.

But now that it’s finished and that final missing piece is nowhere in site, I know this canine delinquent stuck out that big tongue of his and decided to see what one of those cardboard puzzle pieces tasted like!

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Yeah, that big tongue right there.

So, my advice to anyone who enjoys doing puzzles but has curious furry friends? Even if you step away for 30 seconds, put a heavy mat on top covering the entire puzzle and all its pieces!