Miss Dog is something of a food hound even by Labrador standards. She has nice manners and doesn’t beg. She has, however, evolved a rather personal take on not begging, which is, when I am eating something she considers toothsome, to put her head politely, and heavily, on my knee and salivate. The element of ’see me being good’ leaves the human end of the transaction with little if any defence. I affect to ignore her and become damper and damper. Fortunately, I am not dressy.