Cat and dog cuddles

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:40 19/10/2012

When my dogs spot a cat crossing our front yard, the whole neighbourhood knows about it. (Sorry, neighbourhood.) It's the classic dog-cat rivalry, plus territorial indignation, at work. But indoors, house-cat Merrick is just another heat source and everything's calm. Dogs and cats can indeed get along together, it's just that it has to be on an individual by individual basis.

Zak and Roxy were best mates a while back - and still can be seen cuddling up to each other. But Zak has grown since this photo was taken and is sometimes too rough for the dainty cat.

Zak and Roxy

Kobi and Jaydis have shared couches together for five years.

Kobi and Jaydis

Meja and Weed enjoy each other's company. But Meja - who's a 13-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer - looks as though he's suffering long-haul middle-seat syndrome.

Meja and Weed

Possum and Suzie - both now departed but no doubt snuggling on the other side of the rainbow bridge.

Possum and Suzie

Almost nose to nose: Oscar and Major.

Oscar and Major

Mika the Tonkinese and Major the Border Collie have a love-hate relationship. In this case, Major loves that he got the bone, and Mika hates it.

Mika Kaiser 1

Mika Kaiser 2

Sharing is caring: Dexter the pup has Ned over for a kennel party. Dexter and Ned are playmates and grooming partners - but only when they think nobody's watching.

Dexter and ned

Cross-species tenderness: Jaxx, Siha and Astrid keep each other warm (left), and Jerry greets Snoopy after a few days' separation.

Jaxx, Siha Astrid

Jerry and Snoopy

Lui the Samoyed often finds his way into Furry Friday - thanks to his smiley nature. Here he is again with his devoted friend Mac.

Lui and Mac

Did we mention long-haul middle-seat syndrome? This time it's Rocco and Ringo and it's the cat who's trapped.

Rocco and Ringo

Couch potatoes: Mungo, Jerry, Marley and friend. (The fact that I get the Mungo Jerry reference dates me grievously.)

Mungo, Jerry, Marley

Toby oozes spanielly gentleness - here he is with a foster kitten, teaching that dogs can be peaceful partners for cats. (A stint being fostered in a dog-owning home is a head-start for any kitten.)

Toby with kitten

Kobie spies on Chopper, and Millie tickles Izzy.

Kobie and Chopper

Izzy and Millie

If cats and dogs had their own United Nations, their General Assembly would be one immense bean bag. Delegates Echo and Miss Toes are in full agreement.

Echo and Miss Toes

Handsome beasts: ginger Hugo and Greyhound Sid.

Hugo and Sid

You may recognise Percy the Italian Greyhound - he's been on the blog before. But these days he shares his world with a fast-growing kitten. What's your cat's name, Ann? I keep forgetting.

Percy and puss

Kosher the dog shares the bed with an almost invisible Esky. One still senses a coolness in this relationship...

Esky and Kosher

Sleeping in unison: Chloe and Willow.

Chloe and Willow

Shadow and Lou are tuckered out after a busy 2008.

Shadow and Lou

Young Skyla and the late Meg.

Skyla and Meg

Jerry, Snoopy, Rocky and a fireplace.

Snoopy Rocky and Jerry

Blu and Sam have the same idea.

Blu and Sam

Brooke and Nefertari both fit in the basket. But no cuddling - yet.

Brooke and Nefertari

Zara meets Bailey the kitten for the first time. History shows that they hit it off.

Zara and Bailey

Another kitten lover is Tara. Here she is, nuzzling Minnie.

Tara and Minnie

Chairman Miaow and Orpheus guard the house. (Is Orpheus named for that classic movie, Black Orpheus?)

Chairman Miaow and Orpheus

Say hello to my little friend: Ruby with Cleo.

Cleo and Ruby

Finally, Griffin makes sure that Purrcy has a safe start to life. Many friendly years together lie ahead...

Griffin and Purrcy

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