You know that Podenco from Paignton?

Nell: You’re not going to believe this.

Me: I just might.

Nell: You know that Podenco from Paignton?

Me: The Portuguese one?

Nell: We don’t know what nationality he is and that isn’t the point.

Me: Do you mean the one who is a friend of Juanita’s?

Nell: Yes.

Me: Juanita the Spanish Water Dog with luscious curls and flashing eyes?

Nell: Yes, although luscious is a little excessive for this time of the morning.

Me: Juanita the Spanish Water Dog who danced with Jim the Farm Dog?

Nell: Yes.

Me: Who upset Harriet and made her Wallow?

Nell: Yes.

Me: That Podenco?

Nell: Yes.

Me: What about him?

Nell: He and Juanita are opening a dance school in Kingsbridge.

Me: But that’s just down the road.

Nell: I know.

Me: Literally on our doorstep.

Nell: Gladys isn’t best pleased.

Me: Why?

Nell: She thinks people won’t want to Glide with Gladys.

Me: Surely there’s room for both. Glide in the mornings and tango in the afternoons.

Nell: That’s what Rupert said.

Me: Did he now?

Nell: Why are you smiling like that?

Me: Is Mistress Nelly going to be spending her afternoons tangoing in Kingsbridge with Knitwear Wolf?

Nell: Certainly not. I’m far too busy for that.

Me: What a shame. I can just imagine you and Rupert swirling about the floor. He would be wearing a smart black knitted suit and you would have a rose in your teeth.

Nell: You have far too vivid an imagination for your own good. No right minded animal is ever going to chew on a rose. They have thorns.

Me: Just like you.

Nell: I beg your pardon.

Me: Beautiful, but spiky.

Nell: Spiky? I merely speak my mind which is exactly what a head judge should do.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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