There seems recently to have been a trend developing for people to give their dogs real names. Not that Rover and Gyp aren't real names, of course. I suppose what I mean is human names as opposed to canine ones. Walking in the park the other day, I looked down to see a small, pug-like dog trying to climb my leg. "Geoffrey," its owner called, "what do you think you are doing?" Well, I assumed the owner was calling her dog and had not confused me with someone else.
But I ask you: Geoffrey? For a dog?
I have also met Nigel, Eric and Albert in the past few months. Now I scan the hatched, matched and despatched columns looking for a boy called Rover.