Me: Are you warm enough?
Nell: I’ve got a whole blanket covering me up so I’m sure I’ll be fine. Stop fussing.
Me: It’s just that Chloe says we need to keep you warm with your arthritis.
Nell: Well, that’s very kind of you but David does a good job of Snuggling up to me too.
Me: I’m glad you let him. He does like to feel needed and he has the necessary skills.
Nell: You know David. Once he’s decided on Snuggling he tends to follow through on it.
Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.
Nell: Now, it’s your second vaccination today.
Me: I know it is. Kev and I are so excited. We have been counting the days. I feel quite emotional.
Nell: Never mind emotions. The weather is appalling so make sure you wear your rain jacket and a hat as you may have to queue outside.
Me: I will. Don’t worry.
Nell: And take an umbrella. Just in case.
Me: I’m not a fan of umbrellas.
Nell: They do their job. Poppy has made you both a light picnic.
Me: That’s awfully kind of her.
Nell: Just a few sandwiches. Ham for Kev on white and prawn for you on brown.
Me: Our favourites.
Nell: There’s lemon drizzle cake, too and a flask of hot tea.
Me: Last time we were in and out of the vaccination centre really quickly, Nell. We might be lucky again.
Nell: But you never know and a picnic is always welcome.
Me: Yes, it is and we appreciate you thinking of us.
Nell: Thinking of you is what we dogs do best. It is in our nature.
Me: It’s good to know you are looking out for me, Nell.
Nell: You and me. Always. You know that.
Me: Yes. Sorry.