Me: Nell, you have to come and look at Dave.

Nell: Why?

Me: He is absolutely adorable.

Nell: That isn’t his bowl.

Me: I know.

Nell: His bowl is small.

Me: Yes, I know.

Nell: Because he is still a puppy.

Me: A giant puppy but yes, you are right. But look Nell, he is just like Oliver Twist saying “Please sir, can I have some more?”

Nell: I beg your pardon.

Me: You know. One of Dickens’ most famous books. Dear little Oliver.

Nell: I know Dickens. Most Labradors do. I, myself am named after one of his heroines Little Nell. But David is not a poor starving orphan and he is certainly not little.

Me: How could anyone resist that little face.

Nell: David stole that bowl. It is mine.

Me: Perfect. Oliver was forced to steal by Fagin and the Artful Dodger.

Nell: I despair of you sometimes I really do.

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