Furry Friday: Heart melters

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 06:15 13/06/2014

It's Friday. You've been working hard and though you try to keep cheerful, it's not always easy. My suggestion is that you take that life-hardened heart and melt it a little.

Here's how. Stay here and scroll a while; gaze at some photos of real-life pets sent by real-life people.

It's simple - there are no complicated instructions or troubling ambiguities. It's distracting in the best way. It's therapeutic.

We call it Furry Friday, and it's been a regular part of this blog since it began five years ago this week. Today's collection is titled Heart Melters, for reasons too obvious to even mention.

Hank is today's cover-pet. If he seems endearingly wide-eyed, it's because this photo was taken on the day he first felt grass under his paws. Imagine that for a thrill!

Hank

Puppies have an inbuilt advantage in the heart-melting business, and so do fluffy dogs. Chester wins on both scores. 

Chester

Being gorgeous is a serious business for Baxter - whose nickname is Whiteshadow, due to his habit of following you everywhere. 

Baxter

Meet Holly, another white shadow, I'll bet. 

Holly

This is Biscuit, who can look adorable even when nibbling a potato. Try it some time - you'll see how tough it is to pull off. 

Biscuit

Molly achieves critical mass in a nuclear cuteness reaction.

Molly

More fluffy charm, this time from Charlie. 

Charlie

Milo has a pure heart and an eager smile. 

Milo

Little-boy eyes and an old-man face: Winston. 

Winston

Freya is an eight-year-old Yorkshire Terrier. Is that heart of yours melting yet? Read on... 

Freya

I haven't met Coco. But to me her face tells of loyalty and intelligence. 

Coco

Bentley vies for your attention with, well, whatever comes a poor second. 

Bentley

Monte's happy to come along for a ride. 

Monte

Rosie has a paint-palette coat and stunning grey-green eyes. 

Rosie

Ferrari takes a pitstop for fuel. 

Ferrari

Ruby is heading your way. Be ready with a cuddle. 

Ruby

Dymka's working through a checklist. 

Dymka

Sally, would you believe, is 19 years old. What's her secret? 

Sally

The superb Minny. 

Minny

Brock seems to be made of pillow. 

Brock

This is Loki, grubby but a tiny bit wiser. 

Loki

You just know that Fiz is making somebody very happy. 

Fiz

Sprocket is a young Portuguese Water Dog. The breed's popularity got a lift from the Obama family's choice of one as First Pet.

Sprocket

Brax pays attention. 

Brax

Taylor, tied up in a bow. 

Taylor

Beautiful in black and tan: Luca. 

Luca

Oscar chews, cutely. 

Oscar

Another Oscar, no less cute.

Oscar

Roko is so sweet, my teeth hurt to look at him. He's a long-haired Chihuahua.

Roko

Cloudy's selfie. 

Cloudy

A bagful of beauty: Lars. 

Lars

Totes gorgeous: Piper.

Piper

The magnificent Smudge, only slightly worse for wear due to catnip. 

Smudge

Liquidising your heart, and lungs too: Petal. 

Petal

How is today's Furry Friday like Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep? It has three Oscars, badoom tish, thank you. This particular Oscar seems half-way into a dream.

Oscar

Soulful, noseful: Boukje. 

Boukje

A big old head that you just want to give a hug to: Rusty. 

Rusty

Wise beauty: Stella. 

Stella

To finish, the piercing gaze of Digger, making everyone's day a little better. 

Digger

Thanks to all for posting your photos. Please email me your own photos, or go to the Four Legs Good Facebook page and use the Upload Photo button. While you're there, browse through the thousands of photos that readers have posted by clicking the Photos link.

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