28 cute animals just lounging

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 09:00 18/07/2014

The world is many things to a pet. A boundless playground; an endless party; a doorless toilet. But most of all, it's an immense collection of places in which to relax.

And relax they do. For being a pet is not about standing on ceremony or enduring inconvenience. It's about getting the maximum fun and comfort out of any given circumstances.

Take Trouble, for instance. For you, as a human, an ironing board is a venue for steamy toil, but for Trouble it's a place to recline while looking terrific. So long as the iron is turned off and cool.

Trouble

Freddie throws a casual backward glance from the couch. 

Freddie

Astro thinks life is too short to sit up straight. 

Astro

Allie believes that the commands "attention" and "at ease" can be fulfilled at the same time. 

Allie

This relaxed young lady is named Apple. A laptop, I can't help noticing.

Apple

Roko adopts the tickle-me pose. 

Roko

Mabel has just been dropped off at the babysitter's place, but it takes no time for her to claim the couch. 

Mabel

Presley greets a passing scent. "Have we met?"

Presley

With the whole lounge floor available to stretch out on, Marlee chooses to squeeze on to a cushion... 

Marlee

...and Mitten has the same idea.  

Mitten

An effortless belly display by Mars. 

Mars

Rosie settles in a Rosie-shaped dent. 

Rosie

Sophie Rhys Jones and Lucy Lawless have little reason to move anytime soon. 

Sophie

Teabag and Watson assert their right to bear arms. (And a blogger is arrested by the pun police.) 

Teabag

Tinkerbell is too young to realise that these drying-rack hammocks can be precarious. 

Tinkerbell

This is Molly, of whom her owner Kathy says "everywhere you went, there she was" - even when packing for a trip. Molly was hit by a car and lost her life three weeks ago.

Molly

Perhaps this is more semi-formal but terrific, rather than casual but terrific. Tiger's favourite resting place has always been this fine bowl, though she's getting a little big for it now.

Tiger

It's Tinkerbell again, relaxing in a sunny spot that just happens to contain the dish rack. Note the (unintentional?) self-portrait by Tinkerbell's owner. 

Tignkerbell

You say Manny's distracting you from your work? What nonsense. You just need to concentrate. 

Manny

This kitchen comes with portable Maddie. 

Maddie

Have you ever seen a more casual-but-terrific guy? And would you believe his name is Mate? 

Mate

Now for the casualwear section. Milly and Mia wear their winter pyjamas with commitment.

Milly

This is Milo, Shih Tzu of Steel.  

Milo

Next on the runway: Wilson. 

Wilson cropped

Eric handles the jersey. But for how long? (Hey, snap, my dog has the same sweater. He doesn't like it either.) 

Eric

Modelling is such hard work, insists Taylor. 

Taylor

Far from casual, yet still worn with ease and flair. This is Axle, ready to play his role on a wedding day. 

Axle

Finally, the very definition of relaxed charm: Lulu. Why hurry and why worry? 

Lulu

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