If there were a canine World Cup, 11 year old Border Collie, Rory, would be an instant inclusion. He scores goals on all fronts: ball skills, enthusiasm, paw-eye coordination, agility and speed. His speciality is catching the ball after a jump that would have the crowd on their feet. Before play commences (on our walks several times a week), he hovers near the umpire –myself- and does some body stretches low to the ground. Then he paces to and fro, eyes focussed on the prized orange soccer ball, waiting for it to launch into mid air. Perhaps his most endearing quality, however, is his skill at winning over the umpire with after play schmoozing and general good spiritedness.