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Goodnight – Tessa Waugh’s hunting diary: A hound called Boris? *H&H Plus*

Tessa Waugh muses over topical options for naming hound puppies during the pandemic, while the constant need to feed the brood sends her daydreaming about her granny’s scones and brandy snaps

Summer is pretty much here again and with it three litters of puppies at the kennels. While we sat around the table eating our lunch, the subject of names came up. Usually hound names tend towards the traditional – two-syllable names like Rambler, Gambler, Landlord and Bluebell are evergreens reappearing intermittently through the centuries – but occasionally someone goes rogue and opts for the topical.

In 2019, unsurprisingly, there were several puppies across Britain who were given the dubious name of Brexit. There were also some Peppas (like the cartoon pig), a Poldark, an Asbo and more perplexingly, a Gluten. Will the 2020 entry feature a glut of Rainbows, I wonder, some more Borises, a Furlough?