Me: It’s typical of us, Nell. You look annoyed and I look like it’s me in pain.
Nell: I certainly didn’t want to be there and you are always ridiculous about these things.
Me: When you suffer I suffer.
Nell: Except that’s not strictly true is it? Your ears weren’t cleaned.
Me: No. But I could imagine your pain and you were so brave.
Nell: Remind me to bring my camera to the dentist next time you go.
Me: Anyway, Emily is very pleased with you as you can see from her smile. Your ears are healing nicely.
Nell: You can leave them alone then.
Me: Actually, I have to clean them every day for the first week.
Nell: Oh, good.
Me: Don’t be sarcastic. How did the puppies’ exams go, by the way?
Nell: Harriet soared through with flying colours and David achieved a solid pass.
Me: I’m glad.
Nell: Yes. Harriet is particularly good at Retrieving and her Waiting Skills are excellent. David’s strengths lie elsewhere. He always achieves a tidy bowl and his Reassurance Skills are improving.
Me: I knew they would do well.
Nell: Yes. I’m expecting excellent results in June.
Me: You are an excellent teacher.
Nell: If you think I don’t know you are trying to distract me while you get ready to clean my ears, then you are very much mistaken.
Me: Yes. Sorry.