"...so we put the two dogs in the backyard, tethered away from the playground."
"Wait a minute." I hold my hand up in the air, though MPB can't see me on the other end of the telephone line. "Dogs?"
"But isn't N. terrified of dogs?"
"Did she tell you she was bringing dogs? Were the dogs included in the dinner invitation?"
"No. She just showed up with them. But she was very gracious about them. When she saw that N. was upset by them, she offered to put them back in the van."
"MPB, that's not gracious! Gracious would have been asking in advance if the dogs could come!"