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Furry Friday: Our best poses

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 15:47 25/04/2014

I am a useless poser, in the photographic sense. When a camera is pointed at me, I do all the wrong things - let the upper eyelids drop, open the mouth as though breathing through it, flick the eyes around shiftily and generally tense up. As a result, I usually look something like this in photos.  

But the internet teaches that there are proper ways of posing. There is the famous duck face, which tautens your jawline and inflates your lips. There is squinching, where you clench the bit under your eyes to make you look sexily sceptical. There is smizing, where you follow seven simple steps (seven!) in order to smile with part of your head while being "elusive and playful" with the rest.

It's so mannered and complicated. I'm surprised that, with all that concentration on squinching and smizing, most supermodels aren't constantly, you know, squitzing in their pants. Or maybe they are, off camera, and that's what they mean when they say modelling "is such hard work".

My point is, pets don't have to do any of this. Their posing is natural and continuous.

Behold Mr Pickles' smile...

 Mr Pickles

 ... and Charlie's grin.

Charlie

 Snickers' shock at being papped.

Snickers

 Parker's perfect horizon-gaze.

Parker

Amber's joy rises when the leash comes off. 

Amber

Archer can't believe it: that whole field, just for me? 

Archer

Now a subcollection that records the particular expressiveness of the blue cat - starting with Boo, who likes you, to an extent.

Boo

Mabel is too gorgeous to look directly at you. 

Mabel

Lochie is currently captain of the couch. Problem with that? 

Lochie

Humphrey's eyes are fields of dreams. 

Humphrey

Someone get that birthday candle out of the way - Ella's hungry. 

Ella

Bailey's soft toy used to be a character holding a heart-shaped pillow. Now, after normal wear and tear, only the heart is left - which makes for a sweet picture.

Bailey

 Buddy waits for his first lesson in reversing.

Buddy

Lulu is so ladylike...

Lulu

... whereas Zac doesn't always observe social graces. 

Zac

Kyza has mastered the skill of upright sleeping. 

Kyza

Chef is a gentle puppy of Pitbull and Shar Pei heritage. 

Chef

Gretel and Heidi demonstrate what happens when you squinch too much. 

Gretel

Marbles pretends you're not there. Perhaps she's miffed that her name is a reference to a classic Seinfeld episode rather than something plain like Socks!  

Marbles

It's poses like Miss Kona's that give cats a reputation for a certain smugness.

Miss Kona

Molly responds to the camera's attention. 

Molly

Izzy practises the Sphinx pose. Well, the one where the Sphinx looks over its shoulder.

Izzy

Oscar gives you the smallest possible measure of attention.  

Oscar

Tyra Banks would forswear hair extensions to be able to smolder like Tinker Bell. 

Tinker Bell

Have you noticed that today's collection features some stunning eye colours? Get a load of Harry's.  

Harry

Shelby's eyes are wok-sized. 

Shelby

A cool (in more than once sense) selfie by Gypsy. 

Gypsy

Tess needs no preparation for her closeup. 

Tess

For Loki, this is either bliss or sleep. Actually, the two are closely related. 

Loki

Kelcie is huggable. 

Kelcie

Honey's expression is part delight, part disappointment - the cabbage effect.

Honey

Finally, the pure and unaffected gorgeousness of Komodo, going strong at 13 years of age.

Komodo

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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