Furry Friday: Heat finders and keepers
Basting themselves in the fire's glory: Annie, Ivy and Kobe.
After 10 years of living with various kinds of heaters, I'm about to experience fire again: we've bought a house with a wood burner. Before the winter is out, I'll be toasting myself in front of a fire.
And so will the dogs. They've been around fires before, on short visits, but never lived with one. Going by their love of blankets, laps and sun-heated carpet, I'm expecting the dogs to worship the hearth of the fire god with religious fervour.
Pets love a fire. Logs, coal, gas flame - it's a magic source of luxury.
So today, at nearly the midwinter point, here's a collection of pets communing with their own fire gods. Scroll and enjoy.
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Griffin and Rosie are a perfect pair of hearth accessories.
The body language is coolish, but the temperatures are toasty for Archie and Gizmo.
Charlie the Fox Terrier has heaps of feline fireside company. If this were a theatre, you'd say he's in B Reserve due to heavy bookings in the stalls and circle.
The same fire, different view, different pets. Mitsi (left) and Sky love that spot. Sky is hard to see - just look for the gleam of heated fur.
As close as possible to the safety guard: Bree and Toby (left), and Dobby and Khan.
Ivy (left) and Echo are not usually what you'd call friends. But a fire and a bean bag can make allies of anyone.
Maddie and Sam are immovable objects.
Barney (left) and Romeo can't get any closer to the heat. Both are sadly missed.
Alfie prostrates himself before the orange flickering deity. A bit hard to figure out which end is which of this luxuriant chap.
Rusty bakes. His human slaves purchased a couch with a return, so Rusty could get close to the fire.
Big winter gatherings: On the left, Pippa, Reggie, Bilbo, Bella, Tayla and Dex. On the right, Quasi, Paddy and Greta.
A satellite view (left) of Paddington, Marble, Smokey Joe and Greta. Meanwhile, Georgie and Frankie arrange themselves across the whole room.
Zulu, Poppy and Roxy claim their ringside seats (left). And Ben tries to angle every side of his body simultaneously to the heat.
The dignity of the fire lover: Ducati (left), and Helix and Squeak.
Enkei and Indra (left) and Shady gather to the glorious flames.
Kitty grills herself. The warm carpet under a pet's body must feel luscious.
Lexi the beautiful Japanese Spitz can't help making any photo look like a fashion shoot.
Molly gazes at the shifting flames - it looks as though she's about to command them to be just a bit hotter. Molly's a recent adoptee from Wellington's Cats Protection League.
Until this particular one was lit, Neville had never seen a fire before. He took to it pretty easily.
Miss Molly and Lachie are felled by the fire's blast (left). Meanwhile, Pepper might like the glamour of a fire, but a column heater offers the advantage that you can pretty well wear it as a garment.
Hearth haunters: Orca (left) gets as close as possible, while Cheeky stays mostly on the carpet.
Luxury lovers: Patrick (left) soaks and Portia basks.
Melting mogs: Taz and Molly are two furry, hot messes (left) while Wally is more or less a furry puddle.
Fireside companions: Teasel and Bess.
A fire is Netflix for a cat. Loki and Lux binge on the latest season.
All hail the heat source: Sprocket Ann (left) and Houdini and Jess give ardent thanks for the radiant miracle.
Senator Augustus Finchley 'Fatso' Pinknose warms one of his magnificent profiles (left); meanwhile Sandy and Mischa are happy to share the warmth with you.
Masters of the living room: Stormtrooper (left) bathes and Henry beanbags (if that's a verb, then this here is what it means).
Timtam loves a fireside bed. How thoughtfully placed!
The one chance a cat gets to see the workings of the fire god is when it's being cleaned. Gavin had to take a look; one hopes it was clear of ashes but one fears it wasn't.
Finally, the heat of a fire can do strange things to a creature. Luna (left) and Sherlock found themselves quite transformed.