Welcome to a dog's home

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:23 19/07/2013

Dogs love the park, the beach, the car, the street. The outdoors beckons them with its space and its 96,000 scents-per-second air. But dogs are home bodies too.

Here's a lineup of dogs who open their homes to us, inviting us to make ourselves comfortable - so long as we don't take that spot nearest the heater, due to how, you know, refusal often offends.Maclary

And to go with this dogs-only Furry Friday, we have a fitting prize you can win. Leave a comment saying who your favourite dog is today (or telling us about your own dog's domestic life), and you'll be in a draw to win a book and toy pack featuring an edition of Lynley Dodd's Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy as well as a plush toy of the famous dog himself - thanks to Penguin Books. It's the blog's way of marking the 30th birthday this month of Dodd's character.

Now let's meet today's at-home dogs.

Come in, says Jake. Have a seat. Over there.

Jake

Riley chills out on the day bed.

Rile

Dogs love a carpeted floor - so much nicer to roll on, as Archie demonstrates.

Archie

For a terrier with a good nose, the kitchen floor is a place of wonders. Bazil here checks out the cat's bowl, just as a precaution.

Bazil

On top, the table gets a lot of boardgame action, but the downward mezzanine is all Bella's. (And that's Moose on the couch.)

Bella and Moose

Pascalle has just been told the most remarkable thing. Really? Can it be true?

Pascalle

A Maisy-patterned rug. There are advantages in matching decor with pets, notably that a pet can shed for longer before a vacuuming seems needed.

Maisy

Blaze on, and a bit off, his bed.

Blaze

Thinking deep thoughts: Romi (left) and Pepper.

Romi

Pepper

Izzy luxuriates.

Izzy

Nessie masticates. A dog chewing is an exercise in concentration.

Nessie

Molly rests her eyes.

Molly

Connor rests just one eye. That's a onesie plus blanket.

Connor

Nicky is cushioned against the cold.

Ashtyn's dog

The wrinkly brow belongs to Gemma. Hey, I like the crate-top computer in the background!

Gemma

Glamour pose 1: Molly.

Molly

Glamour pose 2: Gracie.

Gracie

Glamour pose 3: Sam.

Sam

Tesla has that just-woken-up look: pleased to see you, but hoping it's for something worthwhile.

Tesla

Lucy would like you to repeat that - she didn't quite catch it.

Lucy

More Spaniel eyes - these belong to Tess. She's thinking, they put a sweater on me, so how come we're not on a walk?

Tess

Another fine handknit, modelled by Aloysius.

Aloysius

Kairo's camouflaged against the furniture.

Kairo

The definition of cosiness: Bailey and friend.

Bailey

Babette has a home within the home. She knows how to work it for the camera, doesn't she?

Babette

Home is grand, but a dog does get to dreaming about the world and its smells. McKenzie waits for that door to magically slide.

McKenzie

Scooter and Rosie have gold reserve seats on the ideal viewing platform.

Scooter and Rosie

Peanut dispenses with the toilet roll - a classic indoor sport.

Peanut

Theodore sticks by his mum, Mila.

Theodore and Mila

Finally, Saxon, who thinks you can still be a lapdog even when you've grown to 40kg.

Saxon

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