Me: What’s the matter with you two girls?
Nell: Naughty Nigel took our ball.
Me: There are plenty to go around and Nigel is visiting.
Nell: There are only two new ones and Nigel and Boo took them both.
Me: You should be more welcoming. They are your cousins and Seamus is poorly.
Nell: I worry about his heart.
Me: We all do and it is bound to bring back memories of Charlie.
Nell: Yes. I’m having a touch of the Mondays, if I’m honest. I just can’t seem to lift my spirits.
Me: Oh dear. Do you think a cup of Earl Grey might help?
Nell: Possibly. Is there any shortbread?
Me: I expect so. I know Poppy made a new batch.
Nell: Would you care to join me?
Me: I would love to. I think Knitwear Wolf delivered the newspapers so I could read to you, if you like?
Nell: I suppose you could check the Daily Growl, but no articles about restrictions and the pandemic, please.
Me: The ‘Ask Dave’ column has got loads of questions.
Nell: Ask David what?
Me: Anything. I must say his answers are definitely improving.
Nell: You mean the answer isn’t only bacon?
Me: Yes. There’s a poodle here worried about not being able to get to the hairdressers.
Nell: Good grief. What did David say?
Me: ‘Embrace your curly locks and enjoy the comfort longer hair can give you on a chilly day.’
Nell: David never said that.
Me: It doesn’t sound very Dave, does it?
Nell: Embrace your curly locks?
Me: I’m not sure Dave wrote it.
Nell: The Cat is behind this. Mark my paws.
Me: I’m going to the hairdressers this week. Maybe I should embrace my curly locks?
Nell: You are not a poodle.
Me: No. Sorry.