Peaceful, pausing pets
This week's photo collection is about the peaceful pause - that moment just after sleep, when your pet takes a quiet breath before making perhaps the biggest decision it will face that day: get up, or lie back down.
Sometimes the peaceful pause happens when someone with a camera comes close, looking for an easy shot. The result: a glimpse of liquid, curious, patient eyes that can't wait to close again. At which point, take the picture, quick.
Today's peaceful, pausing cover-cat is Izzie the Bengal kitten with a liking for fresh sheets.
Hurry up and get that photo taken, thinks Casper.
These gentle eyes belong to Jimmy.
A life of race-running lies in the past for Snowball, who now takes things a lot more slowly.
The classic tired-dog pose from Summer. My dog Connor is a chin-rester - shoes, laps, shoulders, you name it - and once the chin is parked it's as though he won't move it. Hence some amusingly crazy eye-rolling and ear-perking as he tries to follow what's going on in the room.
A sideways look from the late Lucy.
For a cat, the world is full of potential sleeping places. Griff bagses the shopping bag, and Wallace scores the camp chair.
Clover the English Cocker Spaniel is as lovely-natured as she looks.
Lulu flashes a do-not-disturb look.
The couch is emphatically taken - by a fine Maine Coon named Truffles.
Ever nodded off at the office? Wells (short for Wellesley) is prone to it.
Alfie channels the spirit of family members.
Cushions? Blankets? They're for softies. Oscar is happy on any surface.
Otto guards the boots...
...and babysits a lonely slipper. There's a joke to be made about "pooh" - let's pretend it was a good one, and move on.
Another footwear lover is Milly.
The magnificent Cloud, with the tiniest hint of a part-open eye.
The obligatory Four Legs Good "photo of pet with remote control" - Puma seems to have taken charge of it. Seriously, someone should start a Tumblr devoted to cats-with-remote-controls, if they haven't already.
Oedipus has grabbed the soft, sunny place - but will he keep still if the car moves off?
Annie takes a peaceful pause in the baby carriage (which baby was not in, at the time).
The fireplace must be warm but without any pesky embers, as Fluff found it to be a comfortable bolthole.
Finally, you can only keep your eyes open so long: Simba's peaceful pause has just morphed into soulful snooze.
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