Cathal was trying to work out if Kaden's slightly cool question about the dogs was because he didn't want to seem too excited about dogs. As a teenage boy who had been Too Excited About Dogs (and really, about most animals) Cathal got it.
"A pair o' Labradors," he told Kaden. "A golden and a chocolate, about a year old. They're very friendly, if you wanted to watch 'em while I try and get food into their bowls."