Nell: That’s a rather nice photo of me.
Me: Yes. You’re actually smiling.
Nell: I can smile when I want to.
Me: You should do it more often. It suits you.
Nell: Is there any particular reason for your choice of photos today?
Me: It’s International Dog Day so I thought we should celebrate you all.
Nell: Starting with me?
Me: Yes, you’re the smiling face of our day.
Nell: Most kind.
Me: And I thought it would be lovely if people posted photos of their dogs on here today too, telling us where they live in the world.
Nell: That would be wonderful.
Me: I’m including the UK of course because international means everyone.
Nell: It does.
Me: We’re in this together.
Nell: We are.
Me: And while we should embrace our uniqueness.
Nell: We certainly should.
Me: We should also delight in our differences.
Nell: Yes, where would Dave be without Sally?
Me: Knowing underneath we are all just one great big family.
Nell: Are you running for Prime Minister?
Me: No. I’m just making a point.
Nell: Well, I’m finding this awfully profound for a Friday morning.
Me: I just feel strongly that you dogs deserve celebrating.
Nell: Bacon sandwiches might say it better.
Me: What do you mean?
Nell: There’s nothing like a bacon sandwich to make you feel loved and celebrated.
Me: But it’s much deeper than that, Nell. It’s the chance for us to put our appreciation into words.
Nell: I think most dogs would agree that, given the choice, a bacon sandwich would convey your appreciation so much more.
Nell: Yes. So, you organise the sandwiches and we’ll listen to you while we’re eating.
Me: Happy International Dog Day, Nell.
Nell: Thank you. Now, don’t forget the bacon.
Me: No. Sorry.