Furry Friday: Pets in pairs

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 10:24 28/02/2014

When I watch two pets interacting with each other, I start channelling a whispering David Attenborough. "The small dog, lively and incautious, advances on the apparently sleeping cat. For a moment, the supine feline shows no reaction as the brazen interloper invades its space. Soon, however, the encounter stirs up intense territorial jealousies as the two creatures battle to assert sovereignty over a contested squeaky pompom..."

Indeed, when two pets get together in one place, the result can be unpredictable. They can play merrily, or coexist coolly. They can conspire to cause havoc, or simply steal a bit of body heat from each other. As the Facebook status says, it's complicated.

Behold, pets in pairs. 

This week's cover-cats are the beautifully named Bismarck and Verity, six-month-old Siamese/Orientals. They seem to be of one mind.

Bismarck and Verity

Between them, Jack and Rosa have the staircase covered. Pass, if you dare.

Jack andRosa

Gus and Bonnie spot excitement in the middle distance.

Gus and Bonnie

Sporting rivalry: Tui and Mika.

Tui and Mika

Bethan and Bronwyn, detained by a bee.

Bethan and Bronwyn

Twin garden sentinels: Socks and Ruby.

Socks and Ruby

Betty the goat "popcorns" in the garden, under the gaze of her great friend Rufus.

Betty and Rufus

Pearl and Matilda are at that stage where strict supervision is needed.

Pearl and Matilda

Hollie and Simba wonder if the blogger will be able to add a vast amount of fill-light to the photo so they can both be seen clearly. But no, it didn't work.

Hollie and Simba

Tabby cool: Lady and Lucky.

Lady and Lucky

Matching pair: Poppy and Tilly.

Poppy and Tilly

One of the greatest pet mysteries is the relationship between a cat and a dog that share a house. (There's a book in it, if someone wants to send me the advance.) In the case of Jess and Henry, the connection seems to be one of unrequited fascination.

Jess and Henry

Calm bedfellows: Zorro and Fergus.

Zorro and Fergus

Coexisting but keeping a careful distance are Obee and Nellie.

Obee and Nellie

Sillmates: Carter and Walter.

Carter and Walter

Separate but equal (aside from the blanket): Lily and Liberty.

Lily and Liberty

Fellowship of the floor: Monte and Zoia. 

Monte and Zioa

Do I detect some jealousy between Neuro and Oli?

Neuro and Oli

I need my space, Snow tells Jovi.

Snow and Jovi

Zonda and Isla demonstrate how to turn a paper bag into twin accommodation.

Zonda and Isla

Two exotic beauties with Coronation Street names: Madge on the left, and Doris. They have since both departed the world, Madge at over 19 years and Doris at almost 18.

Madge and Doris

Co-chairs: Zeus and Mattie. 

Zeus and Mattie

Stevie doesn't mind being Cocoa's mattress. Not that much, anyway.

Stevie and Cocoa

Sophie finds Stella's face to be a great toy. Fine, but watch the claws...

Sophie and Stella

Now for relationships of uncomplicated closeness - at least when it's bedtime. Meet Maggie and Lucy...

Maggie and Lucy

Carli and Harry in a pile of puppy...

Carli and Harry

Sheba and Cleopatra in queenly sleep...

Sheba and Cleopatra

Garry and Gordie gently alliterating...

Garry and Gordie

And finally, Pierre and Persephone cause an epidemic of sleepiness among blog readers.

Pierre and Persephone

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