Me: You are going to have to talk to Dave.
Nell: Why? What have you done now?
Me: I told him Chris was going back to Canada tomorrow and he is heartbroken
Nell: Didn’t you tell him he will be back for a few more weeks on 7th Jan?
Me: I tried to, but he was too upset to listen.
Nell: I’ll talk to him. It is a typical problem. Separation anxiety.
Me: Yes. I’ve heard of it.
Nell: Most dogs struggle with the concept of time. I, myself, have a reasoned and realistic attitude. It is what it is.
Me: Well, I have known you to be impatient.
Nell: That is something else entirely. Harriet is learning patience and Mutley is the master of it. Poppy struggles. David doesn’t know what it means.
Me: Yes. The trouble is Chris has become Dave’s best friend. He adores him.
Nell: I’m afraid life is about saying goodbye.
Me: Yes, it is.
Nell: But it makes reunions all the sweeter. I choose to think we dogs are lucky. Because we feel you have been gone for ever when you’ve only gone out for some milk we are constantly delighted to have you home.
Me: Yes, you are.
Nell: So that is exactly what we will concentrate on. Chris may be going back to Canada but he will be back sooner than we think.
Nell: And we will all be as delighted as David.
Me: We certainly will.
Nell: It is what it is, you know.
Me: Yes. Sorry.