There was drama in the West Midlands today, as a man standing near a bus stop in Dudley, told a second man that he was:
"going to see a man about a dog."
Several other people standing at the bus stop turned to see what the first man was talking about, but caught only the briefest glimpse of him raising his bushy eyebrows in a mock-sinister fashion as he quickly made off towards the town centre.
The second man merely winked and smiled knowingly, proving that he, at least, was fully aware of what the first man had meant. There was no indication of who the third man might have been, nor about what breed of dog the first man was going to see him about.
It's not the first time men have been heard telling other men they were going to see an unnamed third man about dogs in Dudley, and it raises questions about the shrinking dog population in the town.
Police who were called to the scene said that, unless a crime has been committed, they are not interested - not that they are even when a crime has been committed.
Dogs are widely-eaten in some Southeast Asian countries including China and Korea.