Cuthbert DeVan DeVoe was walking around with his dog, Frederick the Great. Frederick the Great was a big, mean looking dog, named after the Prussian king. For seemingly no reason, Cuthbert announced that Frederick guarded the house and that he was a pure killer. He feared nothing, could carry an auto tire with his teeth and break wood with his jaws. When Nancy Pringle’s cat, Juno, meowed, Cuthbert told everyone that Frederick could swallow a cat whole.
It’s not as if Juno was in Cuthbert’s yard. Everyone was minding their own business when Cuthbert came out with his dog and starting doling out unprovoked threats. Cuthbert’s kind of a dick.
Juno, unable to understand the bullshit coming out of Cuthbert’s mouth, freed herself from Nancy’s arms and chased Frederick the Great. Frederick responded by yelping and running away.
Cuthbert was angry and warned Nancy that if his dog got Juno into the house. He explained that Frederick didn’t eat cats outdoors. Why not? Why would the dog only eat cats indoors? That doesn’t make any sense. I really don’t understand this character, like, at all.
Later that day, Nancy dropped by the Brown Detective Agency, telling the detectives that Cuthbert had Juno in his house and refused to return her. She saw Juno chase Frederick into Cuthbert’s house. Cuthbert then slammed the door and she hadn’t seen Juno since.
They went to Cuthbert’s house, but he claimed that he let the cat out and that the cat climbed a few boxes to get over the fence. The boxes had muddy paw prints, so it was possible that Juno did, in fact, climb the boxes and jump over the fence.
The problem with that story was that Encyclopedia examined the paw prints and they all had five toes. Cats have four toes on their back paws. Cuthbert seemed to have dipped Juno’s front paws into mud and put her paws on the boxes to make it look like it walked on the boxes, except he didn’t realize that anyone as familiar with feline physiology as Encyclopedia would be able to notice that half of the paw prints had too many toes.
When Encyclopedia pointed this out, Cuthbert confessed and returned Juno, who was safe in his house.
What, exactly, was Cuthbert’s reasoning for stealing Nancy’s cat? What was he going to do with Juno? And why did he go through the trouble of half-assing putting paw prints on the box? Didn’t he worry that someone would notice someone awkwardly forcing a cat’s front paws into mud and onto a few boxes outside in broad daylight?
Nothing Cuthbert did makes any sense.