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Furry Friday: A ray of light

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 09:56 20/06/2014

This weekend will be the least light-filled of the year here in New Zealand. The sun's rays are already hitting us at such an unfashionable angle that nothing warms up as quickly or dries out as completely as we'd like; on top of that, the shortest, darkest day comes tomorrow.

Still, there are brief rays of light to be seen, slanting in windows and colouring the floor, and causing corners of couches to become niches of heat. In these blissful rhombuses of refuge, you will find pets.

Pets such as Puss in Boots, squeezing benefit out of the weak sun.

Puss in boots

The shadow has edged over Colin's belly - time soon for a repositioning. 

Colin

Bella has found the bright spot. 

Bella

The tiniest ray will be sought out and colonised. This is Jessie. 

Jessie

In Kate, bliss becomes flesh. 

Kate

Leo's quite a sight where light and shadow meet. The result is called chiaroscuro, and you will see a lot of it today, due to how a) it looks impressive, and b) the blogger doesn't have chiaroscuro-removal software. 

Leo

Young Luca is learning the strange ways of the wooden floor - those boards are noisy and slippery, but they can get nicely toasty too. 

Luca

Baxter prefers a sunny square of carpet. 

Baxter

Koka has found the ideal place, foot traffic be damned. 

Koka

Bobby and Splinter re-enact a scene from Gone with the Wind. 

Bobby andSplinter

This is the late Mocha, who loved to lie belly-up whenever visitors called. Her owner says Mocha did eat two of her goldfish and stole a steak off the kitchen bench, but "her triangle nose will be forever in my heart". 

Mocha

The expansiveness of Tommy. 

Tommy

The easefulness of Nelson. 

Nelson

The extendedness of Sophie. 

Sophie

Chiaro and scuro: Ginger and Copter. 

Ginger andCopter

Just enough room in that strip of sun for Miss Coal to warm her toes. She's a Labrador-Ridgeback cross. 

Rachael's dog

Tiny Oscar vanishes into the glare. 

Oscar

Phoebe finds a wedge of sunlit floor as a cold snap pulls the temperatures down.

Phoebe

Three like-minded baskers: Toes, Echo and Amber. 

Toes Echo Amber

And another three: Toby, Nellie and Kisa. 

Toby Nellie Kisa

Sun-pals Tippy and Pixie (a 10-week-old house bunny). 

Tippy and Pixie

Couch-companions Fig, Sig and Pax. 

Fig Sig Pax

Ruby's salute to the sun. 

Ruby

Out like a light: Loki. 

Loki

Dead to the world: Tiger. 

Tiger

A ray of sunlight is excellent; if it's combined with a basket, all the better. Myrtle seems to be tolerating the pile of laundry so she can hold on to the cosiest spot.

Myrtle

Actually, freshly folded clean laundry in a sun-drenched basket can be luxurious, as Mike and Lars discover.

Mike and Lars

Finally, this is how to dominate a dining room: for Lady Penelope, winter sun is a flatteringly angled spotlight in which to show some leg. 

Lady Penelope

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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