Monday Tug of War

Me: Poppy and Dave are playing tug of war again.

Nell: Good. I want David to continue his training.

Me: It looks suspiciously like one of my tea towels shredded to pieces.

Nell: Don’t dwell on the insignificant. Look at the excellent technique. See how fiercely Poppy is gripping it.

Me: She’s fierce alright.

Nell: And how careful and gentle David is being.

Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: Knitwear Wolf is extremely pleased with his progress.

Me: Knitwear Wolf is?

Nell: Yes. He has been talking to David and the larger animals about Knowing Your Own Strength and Using It Wisely.

Me: So Dave is in the larger animals group?

Nell: David is in several groups, but that’s not the point.

Me: No.

Nell: Knitwear Wolf says larger animals must think twice before engaging with smaller feistier ones.

Me: Like Poppy?

Nell: Yes.

Me: Or Gladys?

Nell: Exactly. A large animal can easily find itself in an awkward situation. The trick is to remain calm.

Me: It’s interesting to hear you say that, because I am always so impressed with the bigger dogs on our walks. When Poppy starts shouting at them they just look at her in complete amazement.

Nell: Ah yes. The Puzzled Look.

Me: I wish Poppy wouldn’t shout.

Nell: Don’t we all.

Me: I had a good start to my Monday, by the way.

Nell: Why?

Me: I was chatting to my good friend Walt in Queensland, Australia about his dog Traynor. He has a question for Chloe for The Growl on Sunday.

Nell: Walt does?

Me: No. Traynor the Kelpie. He’s nearly 12 and has arthritis like you. His days of mustering cattle and sheep are over.

Nell: Like me? I’ve never mustered anyone in my life.

Me: No, of course you haven’t. Sorry.

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