Me: So tell me what happened next.
Nell: Where did I leave it?
Me: Manuel was up in the tree. Gladys was organising a trampoline and Malcolm was flying up there to be with him.
Nell: Yes. So, while Malcolm took Manuel under his wing, literally, and we gathered around the trampoline, Knitwear Wolf organised some soft blankets and cushions.
Me: To keep everyone warm?
Nell: No. To make sure Manuel had a soft landing.
Me: Of course.
Nell: The Welsh corgi choir started singing ‘Jump, for your life’.
Me: Isn’t it ‘for your love’?
Nell: That’s not the point. It was a bit too close to reality, so they changed it to ‘Guantanamera’, one of Manuel’s favourites.
Me: Good idea.
Nell: We all sang along, especially David who really put his heart and soul into it.
Me: He has such a lovely singing voice and his Spanish is really improving. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.
Nell: Yes. Fortunately the larger animals arrived and Alejandro was able to explain everything to Manuel in fluent Spanish.
Me: Did he finally jump?
Nell: Yes. There was so much tension in the air you could have heard a bone drop.
Me: Don’t you mean pin?
Nell: Why would anyone drop a pin in a field?
Nell: He landed safely on all the blankets and cushions to tumultuous applause.
Me: Wonderful. I wish I’d seen it.
Nell: You can. Our Penguin filmed it all. It’s trending on YouChewed. Manuel is an internet sensation.
Me: Gosh. Did he say how he got up there?
Nell: Two Beefies grabbed him by the tentacles when he was throwing the vegetable peelings on the compost.
Me: The rascals. Nobody likes to be grabbed by the tentacles.
Nell: This is not a laughing matter.
Me: No. Sorry.