Ornaments with four legs

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:35 14/12/2012

I've done it, everyone seems to do it. Dress up your pet in elf garb, or put a Santa hat on its head, and snap a picture before the pet flicks the hat off or gnaws the reindeer antlers to tatters.

Alternatively, capture that moment when puss scales the Christmas tree from inside.

So yes, they're cliches, those Christmas pet poses. But it's only once a year, you can't deny they're cute, and one never quite gets tired of them.

Our cover-dog is Jess, in her seasonal finery and her all-over Santa beard.

Jess

Not so easy to dress up a cat, I'll wager. So here's the rare sight of a feline Santa - named Lilly.

Lilly

It's hard to avoid a bit of photographic "pet-eye" at the best of times. Combine it with tinsel and red felt, and the result is slightly Hammer Horror. But there's nothing scary about the late Patsy, who posed peacefully while the humans had their fun.

Patsy

Here's Santa Digby (perfect beard) and elfin Dora...

Digby Dora elf santa

...and the same pair making use of mistletoe.

Digby Dora mistletoe

A wearily festive pair: Ferb (left) puts up with decoration while Bouncer hits the bottle.

Ferb

Bouncer

Ah, those reindeer antlers - someone made a mint out of the idea. Here they are modelled by Missy, who seconds later tore them off and reduced them to shreds, perhaps in an act of vengeance on behalf of all of her species who have had to wear them.

Missy

Reader Jayne sent this photo of her cat balanced in the tree; it's impressive, but I wonder how many Christmas trees have been felled by curious cats?

Jayne's cat

In among the ornaments: Chloe (left) and Sharkie.

Chloe

Sharkie

Odin finds a hiding place. Cats, eh.

Odin

Fox seems to be saying "Where's mine, then?"

Fox

Panda joins the present display.

Panda

Osiris nests in the tinsel.

Osiris

I could be mistaken, but this scene looks like the aftermath of the big day's gifts session, with boxes and bags stacked neatly in a corner. A good place for Wells and Pag to explore.

Pag and Wells

Andy thinks the mat and the shelter are all for him.

Andy

Tinsel is just shiny bedding for Carter (left) and Maggie.

Carter

Maggie

Here's Boost in a shot that would make a fine Christmas card.

Boost

Jessie's a good sport, allowing herself to be bedecked. RIP Jessie.

Jessie

Two more good sports, Kaylee and Piglet cooperating stoically in the interests of producing a great photo.

Kaylee and Piglet

Finally, the stress of the season is all too much for Memphis. Time for a rest.

Memphis

Thanks to all for posting your photos. Please email me your own photos, or go to the Four Legs Good Facebook page and use the Upload Photo button. While you're there, browse through the 2000 photos that readers have posted by clicking the Photos link.

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