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Labrador begging

Me: I wondered if we could talk about labrador begging.

Nell: Begging! We don’t beg.

Me: Oh come on, Nell. Look at your face in that photo.

Nell: You mean my reassuring face.

Me: It’s a begging face.

Nell: It is not. You know we like to show appreciation?

Me: Yes.

Nell: Well, we also like to reassure you.

Me: About what?

Nell: We like you to know we are always there for you.

Me: Only when I’m eating.

Nell: You are at your most vulnerable then.

Me: I am not.

Nell: Notice my head on Kev’s knee and my loving eyes.

Me: I definitely notice David’s head on my knee.

Nell: David is learning fast. He has a kind heart and his reassurance skills are really quite excellent for a young dog.

Me: You are begging for food.

Nell: If you decide to share your food we are, indeed, happy for you to do so.

Me: I know.

Nell: A meal shared is a meal enjoyed. We all know that. Would you prefer to eat alone?

Me: No.

Nell: To silently scoff your food away from everyone.

Me: That’s a bit harsh.

Nell: Isn’t food shared with friends and family much more enjoyable?

Me: Yes.

Nell: I rest my case, now no more of this begging nonsense.

Me: Sorry.

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