To complete the transition to country recluses my parents have just acquired some dogs.
Meet Meg and Gwen, Gwen is the bigger darker dog on the right, we think at some point she has some German Shepherd in her as she doesn't quite fit the usual border collie size and shape. Meg on the left is her daughter, and looks and acts like a collie, though obviously can't be a pure bred. They came from a home in Wakefield and have been with Mum and Dad for 2 weeks. They're slowly getting used to long walks every day, having three quarters of an acre to roam in, and most of all sheep!