Tasting the air

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 10:35 01/11/2013

When I use my excitement-voice with Connor, he reacts by licking the air. He can't help it - Dachshunds are famous for being a "licky" breed and his sense of taste is crucial. As he encounters the world around him, his tongue leads the way, slightly ahead of his more prudent nose.

This means that his tongue goes places where angels fear to tread; of this we need say no more.

Let's simply pay tribute to the pink miracle that is a pet's tongue - and to the fact that pets are a lot less shy about showing them off than humans are.

This is Nico, tasting spring, and finding it piquant with a touch of grassiness.

Nico cat

Alo's neat curl.

Alo

Reg's tongue goes side-saddle.

Reg

And because any day is improved by a Golden Retriever's smile, here's another. I don't know the dog's name, but that tongue has been somewhere, uh, interesting.

Viv's dog

Sleep tongue, part 1: Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell

Gus's tongue is a taste-budded dinner plate.

Gus

Ski-jump tongue: Bella.

Bella

Excitement tongue: a game of laser pointer always makes Jynx pant.

Jynx

Happy tongue: Jack, Dash and Britty. How can you not smile back?

Jack Dash Britty

Beach tongue: Timmy.

Timmy

Happy tongue plus beach tongue: Jedd.

Jedd

Full length and unabridged, the tongue of Maisy Moo.

Maisy Moo

Spoon tongue: Falcon the Husky. A dog's tongue is a heat regulator as well as a sense organ.

Falcon

Play tongue: young Diego is up for some fun.

Diego

This chair is taken, Molly will have you know.

Molly

Sleep tongue, part 2: Lily.

Lily

Here's a cat's tongue doing its job, as Nitro grooms Cullen. The natural velcro of a cat's tongue allows the cat to groom itself to a state of perfect scent-free cleanliness - just what a predator needs in the wild, and one of the things that make cats such things of beauty.

Nitro and Cullen

Nico has been redecorating. The untucked tongue signals satisfaction with a job well done.

Nico

Paintbrush tongue, part 1: Ahi creates an artwork.

Ahi

Paintbrush tongue, part 2: Tilly makes her mark.

Tilly

Vanity tongue: Cullen settles in.

Cullen

Runner's tongue: Billy the Kid.

Billy the Kid

Sideways excitement spoon tongue: Bear, photobombed by Boi.

Boi and Bear

Finally, possession tongue- as in "I possess this drawer for the time being, hence do not attempt to store items herein or close without consultation." The occupier is named Blaze.

Blaze

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- Stuff

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