After agreeing to appear in Chobham carnival for our first Big and Little of the year, I thought Billy would be delighted for an oportunity to be escorted through three miles of his doting fans.....apparently not!
He trod on me and bit me the whole way through the carnival procession, tried to charge the morris dancers, stole a child's ice cream from their very hand and complained bitterly and loudly about the noise and the heat.
He has since forbidden me for his inclusion in any event where he does not appear as the sole attraction, or at least with Magpie.
After this unfortunate start to the day, he then incited mutiny in the ranks and both he and Magpie, taking advantage of the fact we had been unable to fit in a practise on the showground, proceeded to spend both of their displays jumping on and off their pedestals the moment I turned my back and racing around the round pen gleefully delighting in my flustered attempts to get them to pull themselves together.
I have since spoken to their agents about the fact that appearing in carnival processions can never again be written into a contract!