The Puppies Give Chase

Me: Look at the puppies having fun in the sea.

Nell: Fun? They’re chasing hardened criminals.

Me: Are they staying at the hotel?

Nell: I certainly hope not.

Me: What happened?

Nell: Somebody stole Beauregard’s gold medallion last night.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: Sally was reading The Growl on Sunday on her balcony this morning when she spotted a Beefy in a shiny necklace. She alerted David and Harriet who gave chase.

Me: The Growl came out today?

Nell: Yes. I shall enjoy reading it over the next few days. Kev and Jamie have done a wonderful job.

Me: I’m sure they have. We should also wish all our readers in the United States a very Happy 4th July.

Nell: Preferably without fireworks.

Me: I’m afraid that’s never going to happen.

Nell: Did you know tigers can swim?

Me: I didn’t.

Nell: Beauregard is an excellent swimmer. He takes Oliver out with him.

Me: Really?

Nell: Oliver sits on his head wearing a life jacket, as you never know with opossums. They’re so easily startled. Henry wisely prefers to watch.

Me: Wait a minute. Was Henry on Beauregard’s medallion when it was stolen?

Nell: Fortunately not. He sat on David’s bow tie at dinner and Alejandro’s crown at breakfast.

Me: His large Aztec crown?

Nell: I’m afraid so. I said to The Cat, ‘This is becoming ridiculous. How can we be undercover with an alpaca in a crown?’

Me: True. And at breakfast?

Nell: I know. Dinner would have been acceptable. Just.

Me: Has there been any roaring?

Nell: Not yet but Lionel says it’s only a matter of time.

Me: He should know.

Nell: What do you mean?

Me: He’s a lion, Nell.

Nell: I am aware of that, thank you. Go and read The Growl.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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