“What kind of word is that?” I ask the strange creature that jumped into my path.

“Ribbert” he replies.

“Is that all you can say?  Is that your name?”

“Ribbert” he replies.

“So your name is Ribbert Ribbert. That’s a funny name. My name is Benji I live with Red Toes (the one attached to my lead).”

Just as I held out my paw to shake Ribbert Ribbert’s paw he jumped away. “Hold on a minute I was going to sniff you as a proper welcome to the neighbourhood” I said.

As I move forward Ribbert Ribbert started hopping again. The more I moved towards him the more he hopped away.

“He’s not that friendly for a new chap in our street” I told Red Toes. I turned and walked away. I couldn’t have gone more that 5 steps and there was another chap identical to Ribbert Ribbert.

“Hi I’m Benji, do you know Ribbert Ribbert?” I say.

“Ribbert” he replies.

“Yes Ribbert Ribbert I just met him over there, he’s not that friendly” I said waving my paw at the new chap.

“Ribbert Ribbert” he says as he hops away.

“Yes Ribbert Ribbert, whats your name?” I call.

“Ribbert” he says as he hops off.

I look up at Red Toes wondering if she understands what is going on. “It’s a bit odd to meet two animals with the same name. I do know another Benji though so I suppose it’s possible” I say.

Red Toes is starting to crouch down, she puts her hand on my collar to hold me close. There are Ribbert Ribberts everywhere on the street.  They are hopping in all directions around us, we are trapped by Ribbert Ribberts. I stay to close to Red Toes, I don’t like this much.

As they come passed us they say “Ribbert”

Eventually I start to say “Ribbert” back  and wag my tail. I look at Red Toes, perhaps it is a new language and a way of saying good evening to these new strange creatures that have moved into my street.

Eventuallly all the Ribbert Ribberts went passed and I could carry on with my walk. Just in case you also speak this new language “Ribbert Ribbert to you all”

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