The spark of life in their eyes

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:31 18/01/2013

One of the best bits of advice I've had in taking good photos of my pets is to plan and wait for the "light in the eye". It's that moment when the sun or the light through a window catches in the pet's eye, reflecting and transmitting like the spark of life.

As in the limpid eyes of Toskin, our cover-cat. Beautiful picture, Bridget.

Toskin

Another clear-eyed, soulful moment: Pip.

Pip

A familiar moment for any dog owner: the instant when your dog hears you saying the word "walk...". Hence the hopeful, grateful gleam in Noodle's eyes. (My dogs know the word "walk", both the sound and the look. As soon as I start making the "w" shape with my lips, their ears go forward and their heads swivel with concentration.)

Noodle

Rocky has your full attention.

Rocky

This is Hugo.

Hugo

Zeke was a handsome tribute to the work of the German Shepherd Rescue Trust. Is that his dinner he spies? Sadly, RIP Zeke.

Zeke

Dahab does his best to look inscrutable - or is he just sleepy?

Dahab

Another pair of rockpool eyes: Charlie's.

Charlie

Skye is a much loved tortie-tabby cross.

Sky

That gleam is the endless optimism of a Border Collie coming through. This is Caitlin, who, sadly for reader Brent, had to be left in Australia when he returned from there to New Zealand a few years ago. But Caitlin's new carers already knew her and what a special dog she was.

Caitlin

A naughty glance from Indy the Egyptian Mau.

Indy

Saucer-eyed Goblin.

Goblin

Baxter focuses.

Baxter

Meet the late, greatly loved Lilli. Reader Ellie wanted to bring Lilli with her from Britain but thought the journey would be too much. So she left her with a nephew, to spend the last year of her life in comfort in Wales. RIP Lilli.

Lilli

Copter's special story has been told on Four Legs Good. It's about time we featured him again...

Copter

Sydney, just a soft tongue's distance away.

Sydney

The magnificence of Maximus, known as Max on less formal occasions.

Maximus

Mr Bungle's almond expression.

Mr Bungle

Just the minimum of tongue from Boxer Zeus.

Zeus

Major seems to be plotting something...

Major

The hypnotic eyes of Malu.

Malu

Newly trimmed Oscar the Shih Tzu gets used to seeing the world without a fringe around it.

Oscar

Tired of keeping both eyes open is Trouble.

Trouble

No "catch light" in Jess's eyes, but you can kind of see where it's been. Anyway, it's always nice to see Jess.

Jess

Finally, time for shut-eye, Lily decides.

Lily

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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