Furry Friday: A day in the life

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 11:00 23/05/2014

You may think pets live simple lives - eating, sleeping, going to the toilet, playing, scratching, eating again, sleeping again... Okay, there's some truth in the "simple life" idea. But in their own minds, pets have full lives and full days.

Whatever a pet does, it does fully. It eats with concentration, stares with focus, scratches with 100 per cent muscular involvement, plays with fierce commitment, and sleeps with funnelled power. Every minute of the day, there's a job to do.

The day starts with a feed. Protein for energy is the best choice, and Logan has it covered. He's also getting his estimated daily allowance of calcium.

Hogan

Rangi wants some more - or maybe just something tastier. A classic cat pose. (I need to comment on Rangi's tail, which is a work of art.)  

Rangi

Next task: a good stretch and scratch. Belle's technique is superb. 

Belle

Occasionally - well, almost always - a stretch can segue into a sleep. But just a short one. 

Frosty Boy

Time to help with chores. Floyd supervises the gathering of laundry - spot the whirring tail. 

Floyd

Max checks that nothing has been missed. He seems satisfied with your progress. 

Max

Flash has work to do - some of us have real jobs, you know. 

Flash

Red Cat is an effective paperweight and general clerical assistant.  

Red Cat

Sylvester cracks on with important gardening tasks... 

Sylvester

... as does Pippi. 

Pippi

Izzie is an ornamental feature. 

Izzie

Chomper has groundskeeping responsibilities. 

Chomper

Cocoa Pops takes the mandated smoko break. 

Cocoa Pops

Pippa's duties are more supervisory in nature. 

Pippa

Mischief takes time to study and comment upon the latest free-to-air offerings, and concludes that there's nothing on.   

 Mischief

Mac does some homework. 

Mac

It's been a tough morning. Piglet makes the decision to rest now and gather energy for the jobs that lie ahead. 

Piglet

Wombat takes a moment to plan out the afternoon. 

Wombat

Now it's the tiring duty of most pets to prepare for the daily homecoming. Bella begins sentry duty...  

Bella

... Sasha waits.

Sasha

At last the exciting part of the day can begin - the part when pet and human get to play... (Loki)

Loki

... and dance ... (Morrison)

Morrison

... and play ... (Peppy)

Peppy

... and cuddle... (Indy)

Indy

... and play. (Stella) 

Stella

There might be a trip away from the house. (Nate) 

Nate

Even a hike to a sightseeing spot.  (Missy Moo)

Missy Moo

Wellington does have some of the best scenery. (Oscar) 

Oscar

The best is when you get to stay out till the sun goes down. (Jaz) 

Jaz

There's always a price to pay - Winston undergoes a bath. 

Winston

Mia endures it, dogfully. 

Mia

Every pet should take time, every day, to be stunning. Like Loki here, or should that be Superloki. 

Loki super

Milo practises hard to be amazing. He's doing well, but who stole his comb? 

Milo

Finally, our little life is rounded with a sleep. Alfie tucks himself in, looking forward to another demanding day tomorrow. 

Alfie

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