Furry Friday: Tongue masters

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 10:37 14/03/2014

There are many types of pet tongue. There is cute tongue. There is rude tongue. There is utility tongue. Notable also in the tongue department are thirst tongue, cool tongue, and personal hygiene tongue. 

Surely there are enough types of pet tongue to celebrate and to reclaim the tongue's standing from its most notorious defamer, Miley Cyrus tongue?

I hope so.

This week's cover-tongue is that of Baclofen. Look closely and you'll see a tuft of that yellow plush toy in Baclofen's mouth. I don't think Baclofen found it very tasty.

Baclofen

This is the drill: sniff to find out what the air smells like, then nose-lick to find out what the air smell tastes like. So ingenious. Chester demonstrates.

Chester

Alo has featured a few times on Four Legs Good, and you can see he's growing fast. You could say we're recording his alolescence, but only if you're pun-tolerant. His tongue is a curl of perfection.

Alo

Pink on ginger: Lucille.

Lucille

Another one: Hamish, a cheeky boy.

Hamish

And another: Ron, who hasn't quite mastered tongue-jaw coordination.

Ron

Sleepy tongue: Charlie. 

Charlie

Slumber tongue: Coco.

Coco

Dreamy tongue: Rummy. 

Rummy

Out-of-it tongue: Stevie.

Stevie

Gibbs gets a taste of dry leaf - a seasonal feature accompanying and following dry cicada.

Gibbs

In this picture of Tilly, I suspect we may be witnessing a break during a period of "foot tongue", something that certain small dogs are known for. In my house, being barefoot is to invite a lengthy licking.

Tilly

Arlo's happy tongue.

Arlo

Spencer's friendly tongue. He thinks those socks are dead funny.

Spencer

Say "Guten Morgen" to Umlaut the lamb, a forever pet in a vegetarian household. "He's a real character who will eat out of your hand, but occasionally forgets to open his mouth and gets very frustrated as he is hungry but not achieving anything," says reader Bridget.

Umlaut

This is Cara, another who's featured on the blog before. RIP Cara, who died unexpectedly the other day at the age of 8 years.

Cara

An authoritative modicum of tongue from the splendid Inspector Morse.

Inspector Morse

Sheer joy from Fergus the Irish Water Spaniel.

Fergus

Scoopy tongue: Neo.

Neo

Mirth tongue: Frankie.

Frankie

Eager tongue: Cody.

Cody

Shiva's opinion on this topic is firmly and foamily held.

Shiva

Stumpy is contented.

Stumpy

Aston the gorgeous Japanese Spitz takes a moment to cool down.

Aston

Today's most enormous tongue, that of Bow. Bow is wearing a Halti-type training harness; we tried one with our dog Connor and it was effective but, boy, did he ever hate it!

Bow

Coruba's overall expression informs us that he's eating catnip.

Coruba

Jovi craves a different kind of buzz.

Jovi

Another pup whose growth has been marked in this blog: Kiva. That's a heart-lifting smile.

Kiva

Tongues of joy: Mate, Gypsy and Chester. 

Mate etc

An Attenborough-worthy shot of Pippa Potamus' grooming tongue.

Pippa

Perfect bliss: Zara.

Zara

On the way somewhere, and Zac is in the moment.

Zac

Finally, a yawny tongue from Wally, who wants you to change the subject to "the weekend".

Wally

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 thousands of photos that readers have posted by clicking the Photos link.

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