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Waiting for Tony

Me: Where is Dave?

Nell: Quiet. David is working.

Me: On what?

Nell: On his Waiting Skills.

Me: How is he doing that?

Nell: It has come to my attention that David can be a little impatient.

Me: True.

Nell: So, he is outside waiting for Tony. Under my supervision, of course.

Me: Do you mean Tony, our postman?

Nell: Of course, I do. You know how David goes wild whenever Tony arrives.

Me: He does love Tony and Tony loves him to be fair. They are best mates.

Nell: That’s as maybe, but David needs to try and learn to wait. A large part of a dog’s life is spent waiting and we, labradors, pride ourselves on our patience.

Me: I’m not sure that’s true, Nell. I’ve seen you get very impatient.

Nell: Everyone has a bad day. Stop dwelling on the negatives.

Me: He’s peering over the gate though, Nell, in quite an excited way.

Nell: Yes, I am aware. His task today is to try not to jump when Tony arrives. He may bark to alert us, but he has to try and remain calm.

Me: I’m not optimistic about this.

Nell: David may surprise us all.

Me: He’s definitely going to surprise Tony when he sees that great big face looking over the gate.

Nell: Have faith. This is an important step in David’s development.

Me: But what if he fails?

Nell: Then we will try again. A labrador wasn’t built in a day you know.

Me: Don’t you mean Rome?

Nell: I certainly do not. Now let’s all wait for Tony.

Me: Ok. Sorry.

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