We didn't know which of the nine beautiful pups in the litter would be ours.
It just so happens, I'd fallen for this young man several weeks back when we first saw photos of them, newly hatched.
As luck would have it, he hadn't already been promised to anyone and when we met the pups it was Merlin who made a bee-line for us.....well, okay he made a bee-line for me and I was hooked.
Louise, the breeder ( and a shepherd - how cool is that?!!), was lovely and let us spend a good long time with the pups, while they got to know us, had their tea and then ......
.....flopped exhausted in the sunshine.
We also met their mum and dad, Fly and Breac, both working sheepdogs on an organic farm in the beautiful Cotswolds.
These pups were born just 24 hours before we said goodbye to our Moog and it feels like it was meant to be. We're already counting the sleeps until we can bring him home - only another 28 or so!!