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.