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Coco's corner: 4 May

Written by Coco
Dear Readers,

Now for an update on the Mates's new puppy! It's such an exciting prospect. Since Ginkgo died, I've been very lonely. I always prick up my ears when the subject arises. Which it did last week.

'I don't know why you're getting a new puppy just when you and Mr Mates have got the children off your hands,' the editor in chief was saying as they trudged through the rain.

'I mean, if we didn't have Coco, we could travel a lot more,' she said. 'I've always wanted to go to Bhutan... Burma... Even the odd weekend in Amsterdam... but who'd have Coco?'

'You wait,' Mrs Mates said. 'After Coco's gone to the happy hunting grounds, people will start to ask when you're going to get another one. It's like when you have a baby. As soon as you've had one, people ask when you're going to have another.'

I pretended to look for a stick so they couldn't see my expression. The happy hunting grounds forsooth! I couldn't believe Mrs Mates referred openly to my own death in front of me... and then suggested the Dawnays would be tempted to get another dog to replace me!

'Anyway,' Mrs Mates continued, 'I've got it all worked out. If we go away, we're going to share Buddy. We're splitting him, you see, with another family.'

SPLITTING BUDDY?

This was worse than the ed in chief plotting long-haul hols and dumping me with Mrs Courtier. Were they proposing to cut Buddy in half?

I whined out loud, and I think they realised how tactless they'd been. I'll explain all next week.

Coco

Office Dog

Follow Coco on Twitter: @cocoladydog


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