One of Siegfried Farnon's favorite sayings to his younger brother, Tristan (both vets with whom James shares a veterinary practice) was, "Save your breath to cool your porridge." It's splendid advice and I'm going to try to incorporate it into my vocab - I'll sound quaint, but I love quaint . . .
If you love animals, especially dogs, and relish the English countryside, I highly recommend this series of books - they will endear themselves to you oh so quickly! Enjoy!
many, many smiles