Nell: You’re going to have to talk to David.
Me: I know he’s not allowed to stand on the table but I don’t care.
Nell: He thinks Poppy’s coming home. Every time he hears anything he rushes to the window.
Me: This is heartbreaking
Nell: I’ve tried to explain she isn’t coming back but he’s not listening.
Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy. He’s such an optimistic dog. Maybe Harriet is the one to explain it all. She’s so good with him.
Nell: I’m good with him.
Me: You’re his aunt.
Nell: I completely understand how hard it is to accept that Poppy has gone. I’m struggling too.
Me: Yes. Kev and I still look for her everywhere and the house is so quiet.
Nell: If I couldn’t talk to her every day I’d be quite beside myself.
Me: You talk to her?
Nell: Of course I do. And she answers.
Me: How is she?
Nell: Extremely busy. Guardians have a lot of responsibilities.
Me: I can imagine.
Nell: Anyway, back to David. Maybe Harriet can talk to David on our walk.
Me: About that. You’re going to the vets today for your injection and to see Chloe for hydrotherapy and massage.
Nell: I know.
Me: Kev usually takes you but he’s dreading going to the vets after last week.
Nell: I understand.
Me: So we’re all taking you and while you’re in there he and I will take the puppies for a walk.
Nell: Without me?
Me: You’ll be inside exercising with Chloe.
Nell: Have I got this right? While I am being forced to walk through water in a small box you will all be enjoying a lovely walk?
Me: You get a lovely massage later and you usually float anyway.
Nell: Am I correct?
Me: Yes. Sorry.