—What was that?
“A phone call from She With Whom You Abide.”
—A little early for such things, isn’t it?
“She wanted me to know that there’s ice all over the roads and that I should drive carefully.”
—Did she further mention that such icy conditions mean that dogs shouldn’t be outside risking life and limb?
“No, she didn’t.”
—Are you sure?
“Yes, and in a few minutes you will be sent forth to protect the home by patrolling the frosty landscape.”
—Surely you’re joking.
“Nope. Enjoy the heat while you got it. When I go to work, out you go.”
—Have I ever told you how much I preferred you unemployed?
“You’re the only one.”
—This is such a bother . . .
“Sorry. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get ready.”
—Such a bother . . .