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....I had just been remarking to Paddy, the owner, that we seemed to be able to hear barking coming from the kitchen, when a terrier burst through the swing doors, pursued by the chef wielding a meat cleaver.
Naturally, Prunella and I were a bit taken aback. But as the dog was dragged back inside, Paddy assured us that Mick, the chef, was a great animal lover; indeed he was so fond of his beloved dogs that he found it very difficult to cook without them. Paddy even went into the kitchen and shortly afterwards Mick came to our table, with the cleaver still in his fist and a cigarette very skillfully balanced on his lower lip. He explained: “You got a problem or something?”
Of course, we were quick to reassure him that we had absolutely no problem whatsoever - au contraire!
However, despite our remonstrations of satisfaction with all things gastronomic, Mick took the trouble to elaborate on his approach to the noble art of cuisine.
“I happen to like dogs, okay? Is there something wrong with that?” To which we emphasised that we found nothing wrong with that at all and that, in fact, we positively rejoiced in his love of canine companionship…
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