Me: I love the way the puppies fit together like two pieces of a puzzle.

Nell: Together is life for them.

Me: Which is rather wonderful when you think about it.

Nell: Yes, it is.

Me: Harriet was so tiny when she was a puppy and my Big Brave Beautiful Boy was such a giant.

Nell: He still is, in case you haven’t noticed.

Me: Harriet was born first and sometimes she’s clearly the older sister.

Nell: Someone needs to keep him in check when he gets out of paw. You are completely useless.

Me: I can’t resist him, Nell. He’s so huggable.

Nell: I think we might have to make some New Year’s Resolutions.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: Fetch a paper and pen. There is no time like the present.

Me: Actually, I think Kev might need some help in his studio.

Nell: Absolute nonsense. He just told everyone that he needs a few hours peace and quiet to complete a voiceover.

Me: Really? Well, I’ll just pop over to The Cat’s then for a cup of tea. I’ve been meaning to for ages.

Nell: The Cat drinks coffee and never has visitors until after ten. Stop trying to avoid me.

Me: I don’t like making resolutions, Nell. I never keep them.

Nell: That’s because you aim too high. This year we are going to be realistic. David had done his.

Me: He has?

Nell: Yes. Next year David is not going to resolve to ‘Never Eat Any Meals Again By Mistake’.

Me: He’s not?

Nell: No. David is resolving ‘To Do My Best To Eat As Few Meals By Mistake As I Can’.

Me: I see.

Nell: You have to be sensible about these things and not set yourself up for failure before you start.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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