A few weeks ago, a colleague came in to the office looking harassed. He'd had a dreadful weekend as the family guinea pig had died and his children were distraught. This sparked a wider discussion of extravagant pet stories. One colleague once spent £100 on a course of antibiotics for a hamster, another had made an entire Christmas stocking for the family dog, and one revealed - to much hilarity - that he talks to his cats and voices their responses.
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