Nell is six 

Me: It’s your birthday!

Nell: Just let me sleep.

Me: You are six today!

Nell: I know. Just a few minutes quiet. Please.

Me: Why are you tired? We’ve got a day of celebration ahead.

Nell: Good grief.

Me: Walks on the beach, chicken for lunch and out to dinner.

Nell: Oh good.

Me: Did you get any presents?

Nell: David woke me with a song.

Me: Isn’t that sweet?

Nell: No. It’s loud and heartfelt but not sweet. Especially first thing in the morning.

Me: And Harriet?

Nell: Harriet is completely overexcited since the vet said she can go swimming again today. She brought me a filthy old antler from the garden and a sock.

Me: You like socks.

Nell: Poppy gave me one of her heart shaped biscuits which was thoughtful.

Me: And Mutley?

Nell: Mutley is still upstairs in bed which is where I should be. 

Me: Kev is taking you to the pub tonight. It’s the carvery so there will be roast beef.

Nell: And you?

Me: I am going to cuddle you all day because you are my darling Nell and I love you.

Nell: I was afraid of that.

Me: Come on. You know you like it.

Nell: I am not a cuddly dog.

Me: You are to me.

Nell: You are delusional. 

Me: Happy Birthday my darling Nell.

Nell: Thank you. Now let me rest. I will need all my strength to get through the day.

Me: Ok. Dave can’t wait to see the pub later. His first visit.

Nell: Excuse me? David is coming too?

Me: Yes, Kev promised him and we thought you would like the company.

Nell: I don’t believe it.

Me: Sorry.

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