I scraped into my 9.15 appointment. It was Mrs Atkinson – a well-known (to us vets) client, whose two Pomeranians have more money and love lavished on them than Edinburgh Zoo’s pandas. Today’s visit was so that she could be sure that the grit laid on the roads and pavements had not damaged their the Poms’ paws. I was able to reassure her that all was well. She was so happy at this news that she asked me to drop by for a cup of tea later.