Our cat isn't much trouble on his own, but in combination with the dog, there's a synergy that takes place between them which can cause havoc. The cat's only neediness occurs when he sees me enter the kitchen to make a cup of coffee. He'll jump up on the worktop and get in the way until I give him some Dreamies. I've got into the habit of calling them his sweets since his behaviour reminds me of the “Don't forget the fruit gums mum” adverts of my childhood. The dog on the other hand will not allow me to ignore him. More often than not, he wants me to throw his toys for him to catch or retrieve. No sooner do I sit down at my desk than he is trying to press a toy into my lap. If I take it and place it out of his reach, he goes bonkers trying to get to it. If I throw it, he instantly returns it. If I try to take it from him, he thinks I want to play tug of war with him. If I ignore him, he assumes he's brought the wrong toy and goes off to find a different one. When I take a seat on the loo with my trousers round my ankles, he's there stuffing toys into my trousers.