Me: Why are you giving me a hard stare?
Nell: You know why.
Me: I thought we had a lovely visit to the vets yesterday.
Nell: I wouldn’t call it lovely.
Me: Everybody knows you there, don’t they?
Nell: Of course they do.
Me: And they all call you ‘Noodle’.
Nell: I’m afraid that’s Kev’s fault. He usually takes me.
Me: Yes, they must have heard him call you that.
Nell: It wasn’t the same without him.
Me: He has a cold, Nell. It was nice to see Chloe on reception. She was able to update me.
Nell: Yes, I’m always glad to see her.
Me: She said you gave her a hard stare when she tried to extend your leg too far.
Nell: You would give someone a hard stare if they tried it with you.
Me: I would. Although my legs could do with a little lengthening.
Nell: Not like that.
Me: She also said you raised your lip when they cleaned your ears.
Nell: Enough of the updates. I prefer it when Kev takes me.
Nell: Kev would never have subjected me to two public weigh ins.
Me: I thought I had to weigh you. I didn’t know Emily was going to weigh you too.
Nell: Or follow it with an injection?
Me: You have one every month. It helps your arthritis.
Nell: It does.
Me: Emily says you need to lose a few kilos.
Nell: I know. I was there. Remember?
Me: We have been eating a little too much cake recently.
Nell: Yes, but never without a very good reason.
Nell: We could have a small piece now with our tea?
Me: We mustn’t. I promised Emily.
Nell: Don’t even think of offering me that raw carrot instead.
Me: No. Sorry.