Let us respect whiskers
In the middle of Movember, let's pay our respects to whiskers. And sideburns, and eyebrows - all the bits that furnish the faces of the furrier of our furry companions. (Whew - I was getting trapped in an alliteration spiral.)
And "furnishings" is the word dog breeders give to those hairy features. This stunning picture of coverdog Digby shows a well-furnished face.
Max's whiskers have seen a lot of action.
Reader Adele sent this photo of her dog, whose face is amazingly characterful. I'm loving the plume of fur on top of the snout, though it probably messes with the dog's view.
Dramatically windblown is Penny.
Airedales' coats are made up of tight curls that are less coarse than they look. Here, MacVitie lopes around the open spaces of Waiheke Island. Longhaired Rosie sports a mane of fur and whiskers.
Little-child eyes gazing out from old-man faces: Pixie is on the left, none too happy about the jacket; Missy, on the right, seems just as keen to get rid of her cast.
Panda is proudly hairy.
Mimi is finely feathered.
Baz has just been groomed but his face has been left in all its whiskered glory. He probably feels better for the haircut, but he'll be itching to get outside and roll in something rotten to take away that perfume...
...which is what McKenzie has just done, courtesy of a horsepat. And doesn't she look ecstatic?
This thickly forested face belongs to stunning tortoiseshell Possum. Thanks for the photo, Carline.
Rough-coated but sweet-natured: miniature Schnauzer Daisy loves cuddles and car rides; puppy Barney turns hearts into puddles of heart-juice.
The only thing massive about Goliath is his name.
Here's a face full of puppy-fluff: Vapor is just starting out.
These flowing locks belong to Angel. As with Goliath above, the name is slightly ironic because Angel does have a temper on her, says owner Sue.
Meet Sarsha, who like any whiskered individual has had to develop a careful method for eating ice cream: she delicately licks away all the ice cream before starting on the cone.
The word "luxuriant" was invented for miraculous sights such as Frankie's coat.
Not unkempt, just a bit lived in: the underside of Mr Bingley.
And finally, bright-eyed and bushy-cheeked: the fuzzy visage of border terrier Bella.