Four Legs Good
|Having a dog is fun. But it's a life-changer.|
But does that mean that dog ownership should be seen as an exclusive club, the preserve of those who happen to tick every box on those bureaucratic forms? There need to be rules, sure, but is it possible those rules and requirements sometimes come laced with judgmentalism?
A blog reader, let's call her Milly, raised those issues in an email she sent me. She says she has inquired about adopting a dog, and been daunted by the tough questions she's been asked. She hasn't felt ready, yet, to put through an adoption application form.
Here's what Milly said.
Every pet seems to have a favourite thing - a precious, a fetish, a treasure. If you're lucky, your pet's cherished object will be something sturdy and cheap, like a ball. If you're unlucky, your pet will form an attachment to something quite unfitting to both its species and your budget, such as a shoe.
But once the choice is made, it's made. A pet and its favourite thing will never be separated.
That inseperable bond is the subject of today's photo collection. Here are some pets surrounded by, or surrounding, their favourite things - or at least their favourite thing for now.
How could you not want to cuddle with Big Ted? He seems so, well, open to it. And Teabag is more than happy to accept the invitation.
The world is many things to a pet. A boundless playground; an endless party; a doorless toilet. But most of all, it's an immense collection of places in which to relax.
And relax they do. For being a pet is not about standing on ceremony or enduring inconvenience. It's about getting the maximum fun and comfort out of any given circumstances.
Take Trouble, for instance. For you, as a human, an ironing board is a venue for steamy toil, but for Trouble it's a place to recline while looking terrific. So long as the iron is turned off and cool.
Freddie throws a casual backward glance from the couch.
Today's pet photo lineup is another rare collection in which the pets' owners also star. And after last week's all-female edition, today it's the turn of Men Who Love Their Pets and Aren't Afraid To Show It. (Or Who Slept or Remained Unaware While Somebody Photographed Them Clandestinely.)
Selfies taken by guys holding their pets? Not so much; it doesn't seem to be a 'Thing'. Among the thousands of readers' pet photos that I've seen, hardly any have been male-plus-pet selfies. Maybe we could change this, and flood the internet with man-cat or man-dog selfies - feel free to take one and send it to me. Make it funny or artistic if you like - I'll make sure there's a prize!
Anyway, back to Furry Friday. I think these men earn the title of Gentlemen. See what you think.
Ashley and Paige feel nowhere safer than in their dad Eddie's colourful arms.
I asked followers of the Four Legs Good page on Facebook to send me photos of themselves or someone they know with their pets. As usual, more photos arrived than could be used in one go, so I've sorted them into a few themes that can be the basis of future Furry Fridays. Today's theme: women and their pets (or someone else's pet).
Now, I think pets are as important to men as they are to women. But I've noticed that women are much more likely to hold their pets close for the camera - to be seen and photographed cuddling their pets. Does that align with what you've seen?
There are whole books written about this - how photos of human-and-pet interactions are "gendered". It's a worthy subject, but a loose fit for me and this blog, especially on a Friday. So I'm going to skip over the erudition and go straight to the cuddles. (And never fear, a blog entry on "men and their pets" is in the works for next week!)
Our cover-cuddle is between Zeus and Madhu (to ward off confusion today, when both names are given, the pet's comes first!).
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