Me: Can I share something with you on this lovely sunny Sunday morning?

Nell: Here we go.

Me: You are such a wonderful dog, Nell. Every time I look at you my heart fills with love. I am so lucky to have you in my life.

Nell: Are you sure you only had boiled eggs for breakfast?

Me: Yes, with soldiers. Why?

Nell: You seem a little emotional to me.

Me: I was thinking about Tony and Sue collecting Toby the Puppy today and what a precious time it is when you first bring your dog home.

Nell: Yes, it is for us too. Whether puppy, or adult dog, we all need a home and a family.

Me: There has been a lot in the media recently about animals being part of the family.

Nell: Well, that goes without saying.

Me: Maybe it needs to be said more.

Nell: Not everybody has tigers, penguins, alpacas and flamingos in their family, of course.

Me: Or llamas in the kitchen.

Nell: What are they doing in the kitchen?

Me: Eating buttered toast.

Nell: They are supposed to be dancing at Sunday Songs in a few minutes.

Me: It’s only a few slices, Nell and a bowl of tea.

Nell: No eggs?

Me: Just a little bit of scrambled egg on the side.

Nell: You do realise that tummy aches are inevitable now. Gladys is going to be furious.

Me: Gladys is having a croissant and a cappuccino with The Cat.

Nell: The Cat doesn’t drink cappuccino and it certainly doesn’t eat breakfast.

Me: It’s just having an espresso.

Nell: That’s a relief. I thought the world had gone mad for a moment.

Me: I quite like a little bit of eccentricity now and again.

Nell: Only now and again?

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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