Nell: You are not going to believe this.
Me: I just might.
Nell: The Daily Growl have published some of the other dogs shortlisted for Handsome Hound 2020.
Me: It’s Naughty Nigel and Cousin Boo.
Nell: Yes, that’s fair enough, but look at the third one.
Me: It’s Dog Marley.
Nell: I know it’s Dog Marley, but seriously?
Me: Dog Marley is probably a wild card. It’s an interesting choice, though.
Nell: Wild is the word. That animal needs his hair brushing.
Me: Dave is up against some stiff competition, isn’t he? Naughty Nigel is very good looking and so is Boo.
Nell: Yes, but I have every confidence in David. He has both charm and good looks.
Me: My Big Brave Beautiful Boy. We decided on Photo 1, didn’t we?
Nell: Yes. 2 came a close second.
Me: I think it’s just the distraction we need.
Nell: I’ll tell you what I don’t need, being woken up by a large sea creature in a blonde wig singing ‘Dorado are a seal’s best friend.’
Me: Aren’t Dorado golden fish?
Nell: Yes, but that’s not the point.
Me: Princess certainly enjoys attention.
Nell: I noticed.
Me: Everyone loves her, Nell. Even the Beefies.
Nell: Yes. They keep throwing mackerel at her and screaming. It’s like The Beatles in the sixties.
Me: It is.
Nell: Talk about over the top. She makes Gladys look reserved.
Me: The Cat adores her.
Nell: Well, they share a love of sequins and fish. I blame Our Penguin.
Me: You mustn’t. Our Penguin heard you were looking for a Royal Seal and was just trying to help.
Nell: There is nothing Royal about Princess, apart from her name.
Me: But she makes Mutley smile.
Nell: Yes, that is exactly why she’s staying.
Me: Of course. Sorry.