I'm having a lovely time reading all of your blog posts at the moment; they're not great on an empty stomach though as the photos of all the different things you've been baking make me soooo hungry! One minute I'm looking at photos of delicious orange bakewell tarts on Frugal in Norfolk's blog (post here) and the next I'm looking at freshly prepared venison on Dawn's blog (post here) imagining all the tasty meals she's going to enjoy! It's torture when I've only had a plain old ham sandwich for lunch today, though the recipes and blog posts are all very inspiring :-)
I wanted to ask for opinions please on dog names :-)
As you know if you read my blog, we have a handsome energetic Jack Russell Terrier named Barry. At first I really wasn't sure about Jack's name choice but he insisted he wanted our dog to have a "proper bloke's name", I did eventually agree on 'Barry' and now it totally suits him. It doesn't feel strange at all for me to call it across the field and everyone we meet laughs at his name but says it's a great name - he has his own fan club in our village pub. We've met a couple of Dave the dogs now!
The reason I'm asking is because there is a big possibility that we're getting a Border Collie puppy next year and thinking of names can be a challenge (especially with Jack's suggestions)! They are Jack's favourite breed and one that we've both had in our families when we were small (my Dad had a lovely BC called Jason, picture below). It was always agreed when Jack got me my favourite breed (JRT) that one day we'd introduce a second dog and it would only be fair that it was Jack's choice. Barry will certainly love the company of another dog. For us, another dog is a decision we've not taken lightly (just like with the first). We've done a lot of thinking and a lot of research into Border Collies and we think we could give one a suitable home. We've already enquired with the local fly-ball and agility teams and they look like great fun!
My Nan with Jason
Now, it brings me to names. We're going to go for another boy puppy and Jack is adamant that he wants to call the Border Collie puppy Roger! What's everyone's views on a dog named Roger? I'm still undecided, but given some of Jack's other suggestions (Kevin, Lionel and Victor) Roger is certainly better than some of them. I love the name Rupert but sadly I think I'm going to lose this argument...!
Please note, I'm not opposed to rescue dogs and I would always consider this first, just want to be sure everyone understands this isn't a decision we have taken lightly in the first place - we'll give any dog a forever and loving home.
So any thoughts on 'Roger' would be great, so would other name suggestions, any advice you can offer etc. I'm always very appreciative of your comments :-)
On another note, I'd also love to know of any dog-friendly holiday cottages in the UK - we're looking at doing a few dog walking holidays next year; The Lake District is a must (I've never been), we also love North Devon and Yorkshire, but are open to all suggestions. We're not afraid of long walks in any weather!