Oh David!

Nell: We’re going to have to do something about David’s behaviour with guests.

Me: Why?

Nell: He climbed all over Shel and started kissing him.

Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: He must learn to respect boundaries.

Me: Shel doesn’t mind. He loves dogs, especially Labradors.

Nell: Shel is my person. We were friends before David was born.

Me: Shel and I were friends before you were born but I don’t mind him cuddling you.

Nell: I don’t do cuddles. A light stroking of the head is quite enough for me.

Me: I’m aware.

Nell: David doesn’t seem to realise that people don’t necessarily want to be embraced by a large animal.

Me: I know he doesn’t.

Nell: You do realise that he went upstairs and stole Shel’s glasses.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: And climbed into his bed.

Me: That’s a bit much.

Nell: I’m afraid this is going to be discussed at Morning Thoughts.

Me: Don’t be too hard on him, Nell. He means well.

Nell: David is going to have to learn Restraint and Moderation.

Me: Good luck with that.

Nell: Are we driving to the Cottage Hotel for lunch today?

Me: Yes, we are.

Nell: Good. I’m looking forward to a nice prawn sandwich by the sea.

Me: I’m looking forward to meeting Rupert’s rival.

Nell: I beg your pardon?

Me: John Keats the handsome Harrier Hound.

Nell: John Keats is merely a friend.

Me: Unlike Rupert?

Nell: Rupert is more than a friend.

Me: I knew it.

Nell: He’s family.

Me: Yes, he is to us. Like Shel. But Rupert might be more than that to you.

Nell: Nothing means more than family.

Me: You know what I’m saying,

Nell: Did David just walk past us carrying Shel’s glasses?

Me: I’m afraid he did. Sorry.

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