They were only gone ten minutes but that was long enough to worry Bert. And it worried me too. I don't think I could bear another pair of scunging devil dogs.
We said to Paddy,
Paddy. How could you do this? At your time of life?
He looked at us sadly from his favourite spot on the leather sofa. We said,
Paddy. How can you do this to us? At our time of life?
He sighed, tucked his head between his paws and paid us not a bit of mind. I hope it was a one-off.
to explore; wander about in the countryside