Me: This was a good idea of mine, wasn’t it?
Me: Cooling your paws in the stream before it gets really hot.
Nell: It was until a moment ago.
Me: Why? What are you and Harriet looking for?
Nell: Now, I don’t want you to get agitated.
Me: What’s happened?
Nell: We seem to have lost Henry.
Me: Henry? I didn’t know he came with us.
Nell: Henry and Horst always join us on our walks. Do keep up.
Me: They do? I never noticed.
Nell: Yes. Well, that’s why Kev calls you Sherlock Martin. You never notice anything.
Nell: Anyway, much as I would love to stand around talking to you, Harriet and I need to find Henry.
Me: There is something sparkly floating over there. Can you see it?
Nell: Yes, it’s him. I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for sequinned bathing suits.
Me: I didn’t know woodlice could swim.
Nell: They can’t but they love water. That’s why Henry and Horst always wear life jackets when they’re out. Just in case the urge comes upon them to jump in.
Me: Is Henry ok now?
Nell: He’s fine. He’s drying off in my fur. This has happened before you know.
Me: Well, I’m glad he managed to remain calm.
Nell: Fortunately both Henry and Horst attended Princess’s Survival at Sea class. She taught them how to float until rescued.
Me: Yes, the important thing is not to panic.
Nell: Exactly. Would you mind escorting us home now, please? I think we’re all in need of a large breakfast and a cup of Earl Grey.
Me: I never knew Princess was running a swimming class.
Nell: What did you think all those animals in swimsuits were doing?
Me: I didn’t know. Sorry.