Whenever a friend gets a new puppy, I’m delighted on Lila’s behalf. I figure she’ll soon have another playmate. She’s forever expanding her social circle. She enjoys the stimulation.

My friend Anita recently brought over her three-month-old black Labrador Jett. A first for Lila. She had never met a dog halfway between tiny and tough. And because I sometimes wonder if Lila knows her own strength (like when she hurls herself at an elderly neighbour in the hope of an airborne smooch), I thought it best to proceed with caution.