One of the most cheering things you can see is two animals getting on. Especially if they're of different species - because it means they may be overcoming their inbred fear/hostility/prey drive in order to be peaceful with each other. Here's a collection of readers' pet photos that show moments of cross-species friendship.
First up, Martin the kitten plays with Ella the American bulldog-cross pup. Thanks for the photo, Ruby.
More inter-species larking here, as Miss Piggy and Sebastian enjoy a joke.
Peace reigns at bedtime, I've found, as pets start to make use of each other as cushions or hotties. These two are Roger the dachshund and Rupert the long-haired tabby.
Next, Miss Rosie treats Master Toffee as a handy colour-coordinated mattress.
Here's a "wow" photo: Griffy loves to look after chickens, such as little Lemon. And the chickens like to snuggle up to the big gentle dog, says owner Wendy.
Remember Molly the spaniel from last week's Furry Friday? Here she is with her rabbit friend George.
Dachshund-cross Piper shares a house with several lizards, including Didge.
It's been a constant battle for bed space since Gus the puppy joined the household of long-established cat Romeo. Says owner Miriam, "Gus loves Romeo but if he washes the cat's ears or bum one more time, he will get a swipe!"
Here are my own pets Connor the wire-haired miniature dachshund and Merrick the tabby. Their relationship is tetchy at times, with Merrick reluctant to join Connor's games. But, again, peace reigns at bedtime, and it's always Connor who cuddles up with Merrick rather than vice versa.
Getting the same idea are Ruby and Tigger, making the most of a patch of sun on a cold winter day.
Here are two guys who are making slow moves towards friendship: Willow the five-month-old bluepoint Birman and Rene the four-year-old Briard. Opposites attract, I hope.
Finally, Billie and Lexie make for an almost perfect fit. It looks as though these two will be friends for years to come.
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