Furry Friday: Occupied outdoors

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 13:33 10/01/2014

Lately I've been spending more time outside than usual. Not in the fruitful body-moving, exercise-having, vitamin-D-getting way that is often mistakenly associated with words such as "outdoors". No, it's been more in a shady-balcony-sitting, morning-coffee-sipping, books-reading way often properly associated with words such as "holiday" and "sabbatical".

Every now and then I resolve to go out into the literal sun of the actual outdoors, but then it rains. Or it looks as if it's probably going to rain, which amounts to the same thing.

The pets join me in this inactivity, monitoring the passing parade of joggers, posties, cats and bees. My cat shares my stillness, but the dogs find the outdoors exciting rather than restful. It's the dogs that eventually get me up, out, and more engaged with the outside world; bless them for it!

Here's a lineup of pets making good use of the warm outdoors.

Meet cover-cat Russell, a kitten of pink extremities.

Russell

Vedder the young Husky thrives in the outdoors.

Vedder

Louie is nearly lost in grass that's as high as a Pointer's eye.

Louie

Harley thinks he's a hammock.

Harley

Hemi mimics the corrugated cat in the garden. It wasn't long ago that Hemi was homeless, but now he's safe among companions.

Hemi

Harlow samples the turf, finding it pleasingly nutty.

Harlow

The ball doesn't bounce as well as it used to, but it's a lot easier for Jessie to carry.

Jessie

Marlee's in play mode, too.

Marlee

Lara balances her diet.

Lara

Pleased to meet you, delicately: Molly and young Jake.

Molly and Jake

Pleased to meet you, tentatively: Emmie the Greyhound and Bergamo.

Emmie and Bergamo

Chopper defends the territory.

Chopper

Farm cat Mystery patrols the grounds.

Mystery

Entrance is not prohibited, insists Frankie. 

Frankie

Miranda Purr finds a lookout.

Miranda

Stumpy sings the haunting moon song of his tribe.

Stumpy

Fair of face: Linc.

Linc

Lily's in Middle Earth.

Lily

Kissed by sun: Hugo.

Hugo

Seven years ago, a man named Jack found a dog living in a hollow near the banks of Lake Taupo. Seven years later Jack the dog (as he's now named) lives the good life of a naughty but loved pet. Here he is watching the ships coming into Wellington harbour.

Jack

Cindy has found a sheltered, north-facing spot - excellent real estate.

Rocky

Come on in, the concrete's warm: Cleo takes a rest. A few months ago, Cleo used up a couple of her lives in surviving a run-in with a car, but she's back to full strength.

Cleo

For Felix, happiness is a warm car roof.

Felix

Kiva is tiny, and so is her grin. But not for long: she's destined to grow to be an imposing, beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog.

Kiva

Moxie the Viszla cools off in the January heat.

Moxie

Schutz gets spritzed.

Schutz

Blog star Romi helps with the gardening.

Romi

Finally, a pleading look from Cody, who'd really rather be on her way.

Cody

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