Hope, Leo and a penguin

Me: Happy 29th February. A leap day.

Nell: Who are those two young puppies?

Me: Hope and Leo. They’re brothers. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Nell: Friends of Frankie?

Me: No. They’re only 17 weeks old. Their mother is a Westie and their father is a Dachshund. I met them at the hairdressers yesterday.

Nell: They don’t look in need of a haircut.

Me: No. They belong to Sophie my hairdresser. Hope and I had a lovely cuddle, but Leo was a little shy.

Nell: You can’t take them home.

Me: I know that.

Nell: Did you see any penguins?

Me: Not that I noticed. But then again I wasn’t really looking.

Nell: Well, try and be more alert because they’ve been spotted elsewhere.

Me: Wearing a hat?

Nell: Yes, but not always the same one.

Me: Do you think it’s the same penguin with different hats, or different penguins?

Nell: We don’t know but they all have film cameras.

Me: Interesting.

Nell: My friend Pamela the Pyrenean Mountain Dog said Mavis saw one filming their Pilates class through the window.

Me: Is Mavis a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, too?

Nell: Yes. But that’s not the point. The penguin was filming.

Me: Is the Pilates class only for Pyrenean Mountain Dogs?

Nell: No. Myfanwy goes, along with The Cat and several members of the Whippets Institute. Why?

Me: Just trying to get it all straight in my head.

Nell: The question is why are the penguins filming?

Me: Maybe they are making a documentary about the area.

Nell: But why film through the window?

Me: Undercover?

Nell: Our penguin was wearing a yellow sou’wester hat.

Me: That’s not very undercover. Not like my all encasing hat.

Nell: Let’s just leave your hat out of this. You are not a penguin.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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