A little while later, Bandit asked to go outside again. After being outside for a short while I heard a funny noise. I went to the slider and found Bandit with his front paws in the planting container, just furiously digging away at what dirt was left inside! I caught our pesky raccoon in the act! He had dirt on his paws and dirt covering his nose which he wiped on me in his initial attempt to say, I'm sorry, Mama.
Now it all makes sense. None of the plants had been eaten, just a huge mess made. And last night, M let Bandit in after his last potty break for the evening. M (he's 16) finds it a huge chore that he is occasionally asked to let Bandit in and wipe his paws, and last night as he was grumbling about the wipedown he remarked about how muddy Bandit's paws were. I didn't think anything of it until now. We didn't have rain yesterday that would have contributed to muddy paws. I think Bandit definitely got into the plantings last night during his last potty break. I'm actually relieved it was Bandit rather than a raccoon. I should be able to salvage the plants and replant them today.
"It was just there, ripe for digging. It was sooo much fun!"
It's hard to believe my sweet boy did this, and who can stay mad long at a face like this