So I have an informal arrangement with my neigbours to befriend their new Scottish Deerhound pup, Tilly, while they are at work. Today I invited Tilly into my flat for the first time. I'm tempted to say it's going well. She's lolled on her belly to let me stroke her. When I returned from the kitchen with my cheese sandwich, she'd left teeth marks in a plastic whale and a library copy of 'Everyday Positive Thinking.' She has beautiful eyes. It might be the start of something.