Me: My Big Brave Beautiful Boy seems happy.
Nell: David found a bone. Unexpected treats are always the best.
Me: Yes, they are.
Nell: Talking of unexpected treats, Mutley has become an overnight internet sensation.
Me: Excuse me?
Nell: Yes. It was all down to Our Penguin.
Me: Tell me more.
Nell: Well, you know Princess loves nothing more than performing?
Nell: Although I wish she wouldn’t clap herself.
Me: It’s a seal thing.
Nell: Anyway, last night Mutley agreed to play the piano for her.
Me: I didn’t know he still played. I mean being deaf and partially sighted.
Nell: He still enjoys playing now and again. After all those years of touring the US with his swing band, it’s second nature to him.
Me: What happened?
Nell: Mutley started playing and Princess began to dance and sing, Well, I’m not sure I would call it singing. It sounded more like anguished barking to me.
Me: I know what you mean.
Nell: It must appeal to seagulls, however, because the Beefies went wild again and started throwing mackerel.
Me: Singing and snacking. Sounds just like Princess’s cup of tea.
Nell: No tea was involved. Anyway, the noise spread to The Barn and soon Alejandro and the larger beasts were joining in shaking their maracas.
Me: I didn’t know they had any.
Nell: That’s not the point. Even Henry and Horst did some street dancing?
Me: Street dancing?
Nell: Those boys can move when they want to.
Me: But they’re woodlice.
Me: Never mind.
Nell: Anyway, Our Penguin was filming it all. So it ended up on YouChewed.
Nell: And now Mutley’s a star.
Me: I wish I’d seen it.
Nell: Just google ‘Dancing Treat to Treat’, or Mutley Martin.
Me: Of course. Sorry.