Now Gail is a stickler for doing one's homework, and has been most anxious that I go to school well prepared.
In fact she decided to give me some extra tuition, by staging a re-enactment the famous incident involving my predecessor Hamish the Westie, some scones baked by Human Granny, and HGY's best white Nottingham lace table cloth.
I am a diligent student, as you know, and this is what I learned about the art of table snatching from observing this highly instructive re-enactment.
1. It is important to lull the humans into a false sense of security, having them believe you are fast asleep in your favourite chair. Pretend to be unaware that on a nearby table lies a plateful of scones, generously spread with jam and cream, ready for when the neighbours come round for tea.
4. And when you've reached your target, it is important to remember that half measures are pointless.