Pets and their two-legged loves

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:00 25/01/2013

This is an unusual Furry Friday, in that it's only half-furry. For once, joining the usual lineup of readers' pets are the two-legged readers themselves - or, in some cases, their spouses/children/flatmates in photos they might not know exist, till today

Still, we all like surprises, right?

Here are our pets with the humans who love them - or at least the ones who consent to be their platform, cushion or mattress. And as blogger, I relish meeting some of the regular blog readers who I know only by way of their pets; thanks so much for sharing yourselves and your relaxed human-plus-pet moments.

Wallis is a two-year-old Bloodhound with Big Dog Syndrome - she thinks she's small, so she tries to cuddle up on people's laps. Here she's made a fuss of by her grandmum, Saf.

Wallis

Odin's fond of his friend Andrea. It's hard not to smile, even if it only encourages them in their licking blitzes.

Odin

Rachel and Mila the Greyhound take a break during a road trip.

Mila

Here's Lui the ever-smiling Samoyed with Sarah.

Lui

Sabine in the sun, with Jess.

Sabine

Ethan needed somewhere to rest his head. Stevie didn't mind.

Ethan and Stevie

One of Connor's favourite resting places - next to the heat-emitting head of his dad during Saturday afternoon book-reading time.

Connor

Dog-paddle against breaststroke: Tacoma chases Tracy.

Tracy with Tacoma

May I join you? Violla the Dachshund plays footsie with the sunbathing Diana.

Violla

Let's roll: Laura with Sadie the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Sadie

Both Sammy and Brina (two more Bernese Mountain Dogs) have grinned from the blog many times. Here they are with their leash-mistress, Elspeth.

Sammy and Brina

Still room for me? Oscar joins Phillipa for some couch time.

Oscar

Piglet plays a lumbar supporting role for Jay.

Piglet

Nigel takes Bella for a thrilling but safe ferry trip in the Bay of Islands. You can tell that Bella is in the moment.

Bella

Shoes not required: Steve goes for a summer stroll with Tesla and Banjo.

Tesla and Banjo

Family portrait time: Lisa and Victor and their puppy Anya, a White Swiss Shepherd.

Anya

Because it's there: Fitz scales the north face and Jetty claims the eastern ridge.

Fitz and Jetty

Oli's fine, so long as Andrew doesn't move too much.

Oli 2

Sambuca is king of the castle, even at tooth-brushing time.

Sambuca

Cassie relaxes under Michael's protective arm.

Cassie

We're in the Men With Cats section, where Fitzy tucks himself under Murray's chin.

Fitzy

The best place to be - dad's lap. Here's Teasal keeping Darren company during his reading break.

Teasal

Stacie relaxes on Darryl. Admit it - who hasn't used a cat or a small dog as a book- or tablet-holder? They're pinning you down, so they might as well be useful.

Stacie

Maggie and the man of the house are in dreamland.

Maggie

Safe hands: Andy with kittens Misty and Shelby.

Misty and Shelby

Hey, that cat's stealing my love! Amelia and Cheeko.

Cheeko

Yes it's sweet. Just don't think of rolling into my space.

Clare's cat

The pet-on-person theme reversed, for once: Rhea with Estelle the pig.

Estelle

Star the lamb nuzzles and hugs with Arden as the cuteness meter goes well into the red zone.

Star

Wide eyes: Frida cuddles with kitten Florence, to whom she has given her own name - Miss Pusskins.

Florence

Face time: Coruba (left) and Fatty get as close as they can.

Coruba

Fatty

After a hard day, Scooter's always sympathetic.

Scooter

Next, Emily gives Fluffy Bum the affection he requires. After all, he went missing for two whole years a while back, turning up again in a suburb five minutes from his home. He had been thought lost, but an SPCA volunteer noticed him among some feral cats, and posted a description on Pets on the Net, causing ever-hopeful owner Sarah to wonder if it was her "Boom". And it was - thinner, greyer, with one less fang, but otherwise in good shape. Proof that, with cats, it pays never to give up.

Fluffy Bum

Fiona's off to a party, but Mimi's not invited and is slightly put out.

Mimi

Smooch takes the "pieces of eight" position on Faye's shoulder.

Smooch

The heroic face, ears and paws of Enzo Furrari on the day when Marie got him. RIP Enzo, gone too soon.

Enzo Furrari

Finally, a moment of cross-species communication: Liz and little Rosie.

Rosie and Liz

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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