Me: Dave is looking rather magnificent today.
Nell: He’s trying to copy John the Doberman.
Me: John the Doberman? What do you mean?
Nell: Haven’t you seen the way John sits when he is waiting for Poppy?
Me: Oh yes. He is just like a noble soldier on guard duty.
Nell: Yes. He likes to keep Poppy safe.
Me: Do you remember when we first met him and we weren’t sure if he was good or bad?
Nell: Stop right there. Remember some people haven’t read the book yet.
Me: Yes. Of course.
Nell: Talking of the book. We need to say a big thank you for all the reviews which are coming in now. People have been most kind.
Me: They certainly have. I hope they keep them coming as they really do make a difference.
Nell: They will. We couldn’t have done it without them as you say in the Acknowledgements at the end of the book.
Me: I hope people know I meant every word.
Nell: They know.
Me: As soon as I’ve worked out how to do it I’ll start gathering names and addresses for the signed book plates and work out costs for sending them out.
Nell: Well, I have enough time on my paws to help as I’m confined to home.
Me: You’re not confined to home, Nell. We had a gentle walk down to the pond and around the orchard yesterday. You enjoyed it.
Nell: The grass was lovely and soft underpaw but none of it made up for the indignity of the dressing gown belt.
Me: Kev was out with everyone and all the leads were in the car. I had to think fast and that was all I could find.
Nell: Most undignified. It was white and fluffy.
Me: Yes. Sorry.