Furry Friday: Happiness is a puppy

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 06:00 09/05/2014

The two most famous things ever written about puppies are a) a nursery rhyme defamation that puppy dog tails are part of what constitutes little boys, and b) Charles Schulz's insight that a warm puppy is the definition of happiness.

I agree with Mr Schulz, except that the word "warm" is surplus - even a shivering puppy is better than anything else in the world, so long as you have the opportunity to cuddle it and return it to its natural warm, wiggly state.

So "happiness is a puppy" is my simplified dictum.

Mr Pickles goes a long way to explaining the dictum: those squat-pillar legs, terminating in paws that will take a year to grow into, are enough to melt the most ferrous of iron hearts.

Pickles

 Anzac gets to know his adoptive home.

Anzac

This is Nixie, sporting the softest thing known to science - a Spaniel puppy's tongue. 

Nixie

Django is nine weeks into the rapid task of becoming a huge Bernese Mountain Dog.  Mystery writer Dorothy L Sayers once wrote of a character that he "had the appeal of a very young dog of a very large breed - a kind of amiable absurdity".

Django

Given the choice between probing an open food cupboard and looking at you, Spencer chooses you.  

Spencer

Blankets and toys everywhere - such is the floor of a house where a puppy resides. This is Zoe. 

Zoe

Molly starts to get to grips with the scale of this world that she joined 10 weeks ago. 

Molly

Jake discovers the joys of digging and of dirt. Soon he will discover the horror of a bath.

Jake

Another pup on its first day home: Jessie can't stay awake for the excitement. 

Jessie

Ashley's figuring out how to focus. 

Ashley

Don't you love Bow's side-saddle sitting style? 

Bow

A mouse toy is a sensible size for Pekinese-Pug-cross Buster. 

Buster

Chico is part Papillon, part Chihuahua, part Shih Tzu, all cuteness. 

Chico

Macy sits with attitude. 

Macy

Stanley and Bob are a little young, yet, to be properly in focus. With age comes definition. 

Stanley and Bob

Honey is the first pup rescued by the recently formed Auckland Puppy Rescue. Let's hope her new trial home turns out to be a forever home. 

Honey

Millie gets some leash training. 

Millie

Grievous is another puppy taking in the wonders of a new home. 

Grievous

And here's another pup trying to grow into a weighty name - Hulk. Hulk is looking for a home, via Hamilton Animal Control. 

Hulk

Harry needs a rub. 

Harry

Dolly's whiskers and fur seem out of proportion to her body.

 Dolly

Flynn's still learning how to sit. (It'll serve Flynn well to be so adorable and easy for humans to pick up - it's important that puppies get handled a lot, so they get used to it early and don't feel threatened by touch.)

Flynn

The gorgeous profile of Odin. 

Odin

Addy the German Shepherd is still lap-sized - just - at 12 weeks old. 

Addy

Sprint is already spotting and eyeing. 

Sprint

The sweater helps Mia break into the visual spectrum. 

Mia

Ruby gets into rhythmic gymnastics. 

Ruby

Fergus the rough-coated Jack Russell, at just eight weeks old. 

Fergus

Kiva, another Bernese Mountain Dog, is quite a size but still a pup. 

Kiva

Alo's is a frequent face in Furry Fridays. 

Alo

Like a boy wearing his dad's gumboots: Barrett and his paws. 

Barrett

Soft as dough: Pipa. 

Pipa

Again, that side-saddle puppy-way-of-sitting. This beauty's name is Chelsea.

Chelsea

Shiva: serious but cute. 

Shiva

Eight-week-old Toff gets to snuggle. How could you say no?  

Toff

Eva's a character. 

Eva

Meet Molly, a Fox Terrier/Jack Russell-cross. I'm told she's as intelligent as she looks. 

Molly

Mila is a nine-month-old standard Dachshund. Aren't black-and-tans (of any breed) magnificent?

Mila

The friendly face of Mac, at seven months of age. 

Mac

Finally in this bigger-than-usual Furry Friday, more black-and-tan beauty in the form of Lexus, or Lexi. 

Lexi

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