Me: Look at darling Marvin sitting on a tree trunk in Toronto. Doesn’t he look shiny and proud?
Nell: Yes. He will be 2 in June.
Me: Gosh. How time flies. Little Ollie turned 2 recently.
Nell: I think you’re going to have to start calling him Ollie.
Me: And you know who else is going to be 2 this month, don’t you?
Nell: Your granddaughter Faye.
Me: She wasn’t even 1 the last time I saw her.
Nell: You will see her again in the not too distant future. At least she is healthy and happy.
Nell: Just like Marvin. When Chris and Shannon rescued him they changed his life for ever.
Me: It is wonderful to see.
Nell: Now, have you signed Henry and Horst’s petition?
Me: No. I didn’t know they had one.
Nell: They have. ‘Give Small Animals A Voice.’
Me: I know it’s local elections soon but I thought it was about public services.
Nell: It is. Their petition is going to Kev and Jamie.
Nell: Henry and Horst want a column in The Growl on Sunday.
Me: Do they?
Nell: They have an awful lot to say, you know.
Me: Well, that’s the thing, Nell. You say that, but I’ve never actually heard Henry and Horst say anything.
Nell: That’s because you don’t have keen ears like David.
Me: I don’t think I’m the only one.
Nell: And that is exactly why they are campaigning. Their voices need to be heard.
Me: I’m not sure it’s possible.
Nell: I’m talking about their written voices. You of all people know how important that is.
Me: You’re absolutely right. Henry and Horst should be heard. What are they going to write about?
Nell: Ask Henry.
Me: I would, Nell, but I can’t hear the answer. Sorry.