Water Bowl Wisdom

Me: Did you know that you can tell an awful lot about animals from the way they drink?

Nell: Here we go.

Me: You are patient and prefer to wait.

Nell: True.

Me: You could also be seen as caring as you allow others to go first.

Nell: Thank you.

Me: Although I think it has more to do with needing space.

Nell: I have the wisdom of maturity, if you must know. Good things come to those who wait and we, senior Labradors, are experienced at doing just that.

Me: Harriet is all about getting things done quickly and efficiently. A short drink is sufficient and she steps aside to allow others their turn.

Nell: That sounds about right.

Me: Poppy is straight in there. If she needs a drink she is having one. No matter how many larger animals are at the bowl.

Nell: And David?

Me: Dave just drinks. And drinks. And drinks. And drinks.

Nell; He is a large animal.

Me: He would probably still be drinking now if we hadn’t continued our walk.

Nell: David has a huge capacity to live in the moment.

Me: Yes. Life is there to be enjoyed and he is going to do it.

Nell: I don’t think he even noticed I was waiting.

Me: No.

Nell: So, I decided I might as well join him.

Me: A wise move.

Nell: I could have been sitting there all day otherwise.

Me: Or at least until the bowl was empty.

Nell: The bowl was never going to be empty.

Me: Really?

Nell: Kev was there with a big container of water. He was never going to let that happen.

Me: Yes.

Nell: And you would have given me your water.

Me: I would.

Nell: You and me. Always.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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