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  • "I love your dog, Kirsty, he’s beautiful. He looks kind of sad though."

    "That’s because I’m not speaking to him at the moment. He ate the rabbit." My cousin said crisply in the dog's direction.


    "Yeah, he upturned the enclosure and ate it. He’s very naughty. I’m thinking of getting rid of him."

    The dog somehow managed to look even sadder.

    "Really?" I said.

    I could see her dilemma. Was this something that could be trained out of him, or a bad streak in his nature? Kirsty has children and other animals to consider. But she's also a great trainer and lover of animals, if anyone could make this one a good family pet she could.

    I smiled knowingly.

    "If you’re really going to get rid of him I’ll have him. I’ve got the car with me, I could take him back to Hertfordshire with me tomorrow? And he'd still be in the family, you could always have him back if you changed your mind."

    "Hmm.." she considered. "I don’t think I’m quite ready to part with him just yet."

    I nodded understanding. We talked on.

    "There, she still loves you." I said to the dog after she’d gone.

    I may have been kidding myself but I thought I saw a tinge of hope in the sad doggy eyes.
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