Me: Is Harriet sitting at the gate again?
Nell: Yes. Jim the Farm Dog is out with the sheep in the fields and she can see him from there. He likes to give her a wave.
Me: It’s hard for them to be apart. So near and yet so far.
Nell: It is just for now. Not for ever.
Me: It feels like forever.
Nell: They can chat on WoofsApp and there are always Zoomies.
Me: What use is running around madly with your tail between your legs?
Nell: What are you talking about? Zoomies are virtual get togethers for families and friends on a platform called Zoom. Everyone knows that. Do keep up.
Me: I didn’t know.
Nell: How do you think the Welsh corgi choir have been practising? Not to mention the Whippets Institute. Lavinia gave a fascinating talk on quilting last week.
Me: Do I know Lavinia?
Nell: Probably not. She’s an elderly Lurcher from Lymington who’s in self isolation. The Whippets have taken her under their wing.
Me: How kind of them. I suppose you can join in from anywhere?
Nell: Yes. In fact Mutley is in a Zoomie with some local farmers right now.
Nell: He has had to close down MuttDonalds and Pizza Mutt.
Me: What’s that got to do with the farmers?
Nell: He’s keen to save jobs so he is suggesting that some of his former employees work on their land as pickers this year because the migrant workers can’t come over.
Me: That’s a great idea.
Nell: It was Joyce’s. She was ordering a veg box for Poppy and the supplier told her he was struggling without his usual helpers.
Me: Maybe I’ve got Joyce wrong.
Nell: Yes. Don’t judge a dog by its collar.
Me: You’re right. Sorry.