Me: Happy Valentine’s Day.
Nell: And the same to you.
Me: It was lovely on the beach, wasn’t it?
Nell: Yes, a little windy but the puppies were able to splash and swim.
Me: Did Mutley come to a decision about who to take to the ball?
Nell: He did. Apparently there were some awfully glamorous ladies eager for his attention.
Me: I bet there were. Do we know who signed him up to the website yet?
Nell: No, we have no idea.
Me: So, who did he choose?
Nell: After a great deal of thought he said it was actually quite easy.
Nell: Yes. He said when it comes down to it you need to listen to what your heart is telling you.
Me: You do.
Nell: What use is a shiny new bowl if there is nothing in it?
Me: No use at all.
Nell: It is just an ornament. There to be admired.
Me: I don’t think any of you would admire an empty bowl to be honest, shiny or not.
Nell: That’s not the point. Mutley says he is like an old bowl now. A little chipped and losing its colour but still doing the job and well loved.
Nell: So he decided to invite Joyce.
Me: Joyce? Do I know her?
Nell: Of course you do. She’s that elderly Border Terrier who collects for the Rescue Dog charity. She and Mutley have been friends for years.
Me: The friendly one with glasses?
Me: I’m awfully surprised she joined that dating website.
Nell: She didn’t. When Mutley started to go through the photos he realised Joyce had been there all along. Sometimes love is right in front of your eyes. You just need to open them.
Me: Of course. Sorry.