Four Legs Good

Voted Best Blog in the 2012 NetGuide awards, Four Legs Good is a place to talk about pets, and the frustrations and fun of owning them. Blogger Nick Barnett is joined by pet experts and pet lovers who write about the animals in their lives and pet issues of all kinds. And though 'Four Legs Good' is true, we’re just as fond of animals with two legs, many legs – or none.

Furry Friday: A cat in your sink

12:55pm 01 Aug 2014


If we didn't have our own human purposes for it, the sink could well be seen as an invention for cats.

Its dimensions are perfect from a cat's point of view: wide enough to fit into, deep enough to not fall out of, yet shallow enough to exit quickly.

The sink's location in the home is another cat-suited attribute. In the kitchen, a sink lets a cat keep an eye on its human and have early warning of any feeding opportunity. In the bathroom, the sink gives Puss a perfect view of the most puzzling yet entertaining activities its two-legged companions get up to.

The presence of a little water in the sink is another advantage. Cats do need to drink, after all.

Let's start today's survey of sink cats in the kitchen, where Sandy is in the centre of things.

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Is the bar too high for dog lovers?

08:00am 31 Jul 2014


If you want to adopt a dog, then be ready to face scrutiny. Be ready to fill out forms that ask you about your work, your lifestyle, your exercise habits and what kind of fences you have.

 Having a dog is fun. But it's a life-changer.
Fair enough, many people say. A dog has certain needs that you can't ignore if you want the dog to be healthy and the people around it safe. It needs a good home and a good owner. Negligent owners produce flawed and sometimes dangerous dogs.

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.

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29 cute pets and their cuddle buddies

07:00am 25 Jul 2014


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.


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28 cute animals just lounging

08:59am 18 Jul 2014


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. 

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27 men with their pets

06:00am 11 Jul 2014


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. 


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