Can you smell fish?

Nell: It’s far too hot.

Me: Yes, I know it is. Why don’t you cool your paws in Princess’s paddling pool like the others?

Nell: No. Thank you. I shall wait until we go down to the stream later.

Me: There is plenty of room for all.

Nell: No there isn’t. The larger animals take up all the space.

Me: Just ask them to get out then.

Nell: This hot weather is bringing out the worst in everyone if you ask me.

Me: What do you mean?

Nell: Haven’t you seen them in The Cat’s latest designs?

Me: If you’re talking about Gladys in her sequinned swimsuit then I think it suits her.

Nell: Gladys can carry it off but the larger animals need to be sequin free.

Me: Henry and Horst look very sweet in theirs though.

Nell: Lounging around the pool drinking Alejandro’s cocktails and being filmed by Our Penguin.

Me: Alejandro makes excellent cocktails.

Nell: Yes. Alpacas do. There was one who used to work in the bar at my favourite hotel when it was still open. His Margaritas were legendary.

Me: What about the llamas?

Nell: Llamas can’t be trusted to make cocktails.

Me: Why?

Nell: They spit.

Me: Of course.

Nell: Now, I don’t know about you but I’ve been smelling fish everywhere recently.

Me: We live near the sea, Nell, there’s always that lovely salty smell in the air.

Nell: I suspect the Beefies. They’ve been suspiciously quiet recently.

Me: Have they?

Nell: And it’s a Beefy kind of smell.

Me: Maybe it’s Princess’s new perfume?

Nell: What?

Me: The Beefies gave it to her. Gull No 5. It’s all the rage, apparently. Flying off the shelves. See what I did there?

Nell: Why didn’t you tell me before? This is serious.

Me: Sorry.

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