Me: The rain didn’t matter at all when we were down on the beach, did it?
Nell: No, it was actually rather refreshing.
Me: I noticed you had a spring in your step.
Nell: I enjoy the feeling of sand under my paws.
Me: I always think the sign of a good day is finding sand between your toes when you get home.
Nell: I’m not so keen on it in my bed.
Me: I think you mean my bed.
Nell: What’s yours is mine.
Me: It is.
Nell: At least the weather kept the crowds away.
Me: Yes, I know it sounds selfish but I must admit it was rather lovely to have the beach to ourselves again.
Nell: I agree.
Me: I think Harriet would swim all day if we’d let her.
Nell: She simply adores the water. It’s where she feels most at home.
Me: She’s almost more seal than Labrador.
Nell: She is not.
Me: Aren’t seals and dogs related?
Nell: Baby seals and fluffy puppies are considered to be Caniformes which literally means ‘dog-like’ and come from the same suborder of Carnivorans, if you must know.
Me: Look at you Miss Know-All.
Nell: I think you will find Alexa is the Know-All in this house. I am merely well informed.
Me: Talking of seals I’ve been thinking about Roger Blubbery out there all alone.
Nell: Here we go.
Me: I know you think he’s a little bit needy, Nell, but he’s probably just awfully lonely and looking for a friend.
Nell: I’m warning you not to get involved. Roger Blubbery does not respect boundaries.
Me: What do you mean?
Nell: Give him a biscuit and he’ll eat the whole bowl.
Me: I thought seals ate fish.
Nell: You know what I mean.
Me: Yes. Sorry.