I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Sweetie, stop whining. It’s no big deal.
Miss Sweetie: It’s a big deal to me.
Me: Is this about the puppy pool?
Miss Sweetie: My favorite place in the whole hot world.
Me: I’m sorry, Sweetie. I tried to patch it. The breaks in it are pretty big. You can still soak in it for a few minutes or so before the water leaks out. The storm did a job on it. And there were those other breaches caused by…
Miss Sweetie: Me! Caused by me flipping it over and stomping on it. Why, oh why did I do that?
Me: You were bulldogging it, that’s all.
Stella: Lady Human, please go get her another one so we don’t suffer with her. Her sorrowful face makes me want to cry.
Me: I already tried. Everybody seems to be sold out for the summer. They won’t get any more back in until next year. I’ll try patching it again tomorrow. I’m sorry, Sweetie.
Miss Sweetie: Is it okay if I lie in it without the water?
Stella: Fix it quick, Lady Human! A bulldog in a water-less pool is just a sad sorry state of affairs.
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