Well-matched pairs - and a chance to win

20:00, May 10 2012

A couple of weeks ago I posted photos of pet pairs where there's a big disparity in size. This time I'm still celebrating pet pairings, but of the more evenly matched kind. Because you could argue (and I do) that when it comes to pets, the best number is two.

And this time there's extra reason for you to leave a comment: you could win a prize. Sky TV is promoting the start of its Animal Planet series Dogs 101 (on Monday, May 14, at 9.30pm) and kindly came up with a stack of dog-related items to be distributed among Four Legs Good readers - and not just one winner, but 15.

Just leave a comment naming your favourite pet pair or pairs from today's collection, and you'll go into a random prize draw. Five commenters will win a pack including a pet water bottle, a collapsible water bowl, and an Animal Planet mousepad. Ten commenters will win a bowl and a mousepad. That's pretty good chances of winning, don't you think?

I'll also tot up the votes and announce our most-liked pair of pets.

Let's start with the sharp profiles of adopted Greyhounds Sam (left) and Sparkie, watching some gulls farther down the beach.

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Sharp profiles of the feline kind: Paris and Mister are together, yet alone.

Meet, again, the excitable pair of Tappet and Grommet. Actually they're two-thirds of a trio of scruffy-faced dogs, with Sprocket out of the picture for the moment.

Less excitable but still chair-occupying are their ladyships Vesper and Pico.

The tan magnificence of Connor and Presley.

Daisy and Lulu are sun-lovers.

Here's a spring-and-autumn friendship between old Geno and young Spider.

This is one of my favourite dog action photos: Abbey and Sadie belting through the grass, crazy-joyous with excitement. Great picture, Jenna.

Unrushed and elegant: Jessie (at the back) and Baxter.

Bob and Millie are doing the windscreen-wiper thing with their wagging tails.

Blog regulars Alfie and Sammy would quite like that window to be open just a bit wider. Not that they necessarily would leap out, it's just that cats love to have the choice.

These pups are just getting to know each other, but history shows that they became the best of mates. Stella is an Amstaf/Dogo cross, and Argo is of Beardie and Huntaway extraction.

Brewster the silver tabby wasn't too pleased when Bronson moved in on his spot on the couch. Both cats are British shorthaired.

Dyna the Bullmastiff/Ridgeback cross has a chin-pillow in the form of Shar the Rottweiler/Huntaway. RIP Dyna, sadly.

Two cats defy the laws of the universe by occupying the same space at the same time. Cefa (left) was in the basket by herself when Kitty arrived and couldn't wait for a vacancy, so crowded in on her.

Despite the colour disparity, these two cats are brothers - Ron and Wolf. Those are very sleepy-smoochy expressions.

An instant of poise is caught by the camera, before the game starts. Wilson and Kate look as though they're playing the same game my dogs play together - a mix of Greco-Roman wrestling, Modern Pentathlon, and morris dancing.

The same game on a smaller scale: Dasch and Chester.

Finally, another great dog-action shot: Jessie (front) and Smudge the Border Collies are deep into a game of ball-throw. Smudge was an alert, full-of-life 16 years old when this photo was taken. Thanks for the picture, Dave.

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