Post walk, I sat down on the back doorstep and opened my crisps
“Those look crispy” said Kato sitting next to me.
“Walkers crisps for People who have walked” I said
“Smell nice” she said sniffing the air
“Get lost” I said “You’ve had breakfast”
I felt her weight leaning on me.
I felt the gentlest of wet noses on my ear.
“I’m not giving in, I’m thinking of a brick wall” I munched
Kato rummaged in my hair with her nose. I stopped crunching and looked at her. The brick wall in my thoughts now had a doorway in it with a sign marked “Crisps for Kato”
“A very well-built seven foot high brick wall” I said and mentally locked the door. She rested her chin on my shoulder
“Don’t meet her eyes, think of a brick wall” I said aloud.
Kato had found a crumbly, cracking area of my mental wall. I quickly re-pointed the wall. She nuzzled my neck and gave me the tenderest, sweetest lick of my chin and made a slight sighing noise only audible to gullible human ears. Distracted by having to re-point my mental wall I was too late to notice Kato had found the key to the mental wall door under a brick marked “soft spot”
Kato took the crisp so gently from my fingers.
“Try concrete next time” she said skipping off up the garden