Teah (a coworker): Hi everyone! Oooh, I love Saint Bernards. Selby you are a pretty dog!
Selby: Thank you! As a reward for your kind words, you may scratch my belly.
Teah: I’d be delighted to scratch your belly.
Selby: Of course you would. Everyone loves to scratch my belly. A little to the left.
[Editor’s note: This is a series of conversations I wrote on my other blog last summer, when I brought Selby to work at the groomer’s with me.]