OK, so you'll have learned from the last podcast that the Delingpoles have finally moved to the sticks: a gorgeous old estate in rural Northamptonshire with three lakes for swimming in, 2,500 acres of Capability Brown-designed landscape and miles of beautiful country to explore.
But there's something missing in our lives and that something is a dog. We've never had a dog before and Boy especially is totally desperate. Which one, though, should we get?
Here are a few pointers: We have a family history of pug keeping. We do like pugs. Problem is, they're not really suited to long walks and we'd like a dog that can keep up with us, maybe run ahead and fetch sticks, chase the odd hare if it so feels.
At the same time, though we'd like an active dog we don't want one that's too big and unmanageable. There are lots of sheep round where we are and the poor mutt would have to spend most of his time on the leash.
Also, we don't want too noisy a dog. Right opposite our new house is a bed and breakfast and I don't think nocturnal barking would make us too popular with the guests.
So, we'd ideally like: small to medium size; active; good-natured; friendly; fun; not too noisy; and probably not prone to too much moulting either.
We're thinking, maybe, of a puggle. Is that a good call? Or are there others you can suggest?
Over to you, dog experts.