Furry Friday: The pet-human wavelength
Of like mind: George and Riley join their mum in a relaxed moment.
Most of the time, my pets follow the beat of their own inner drum. They decide if they're hungry, sleepy, bored or playful, and tailor their activities accordingly.
But several times a day, I am on a wavelength with my pets.
At those moments my dogs and I share a unity of purpose and priority. It starts with morning when they're as keen as I am to bound out of bed and begin the day - or stay in bed a bit longer.
If I happen to put on a jacket or outdoor shoes, they want to head out with me, wherever it is I'm going. If I sit down and relax, they rush to claim my lap. If I dare eat a meal, the dogs want what I'm having.
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Here's a collection of pets on a wavelength with (usually) their human companion - sharing the same thought, inhabiting the same moment. Scroll and enjoy. (As usual, because pets play first fiddle on Four Legs Good, and not because we're rude to two-leggers, only the pets get a shout-out by name.)
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Esther top-and-tails with her mum on a couch made for two. (I suggest a handy way of distinguishing between 'couch' and 'sofa': if the dog's allowed on it, it's a couch; if not, it's a sofa.)
Ice the cat is mostly happy to snuggle.
The classic cat head-bump: Bob (left) and an unnamed Kitten Inn resident.
Inca (left) and Esther just want to be part of what the humans are doing. Such loyalty!
Butters is ready to hit the road. But I suspect he's staying home today.
Everyone likes a bright blue day spent with a friend: Lily (left), Tiberius and Jess.
Toto watches the world walk by; Daisy joins the bruncherati.
Banjo is as keen as his seat-mate on getting the road trip started. Meanwhile, Ivy and his young human friend both get a cuddle with dad.
Kylo (left) and Chloe match their human's expression. Uncanny!
Nuzzle and cuddle time: Mack (left) and Luna.
The expression-matching doesn't always quite work. Lola (left) and Romi may have to make a second attempt.
Maggie gives her version of a bright smile. And it's gorgeous.
Selfie stealers: Charlie (left) and Louie.
Happiness shared is happiness squared: Spike (left) and Luca join in the joyful mood.
For now, Molly fits neatly into the spot between head and cushion. My dog does the same thing, though facing towards me, like a little furry, farting telephone.
Hobbes is happy to make everyone else's bedtime his own.
Bopor, Spiffy and Pinky are mountaineer cats: they climb you because you're there.
Sit with me a while: Snoop (left) and Meezah.
Mollie gets in a battle of wills with her granddad. Meanwhile, Hamish is shocked to find his coat clashing with the lady's dress. What a faux pas!
No evening of board games is complete without Lead the cat enforcing the rules.
Does your dog do this? You look out the window and the dog comes over to see what you're looking at. Here, Scooter decides to add his sharp eyes to the task.
Finally, sometimes you just want to take a load off your feet and have a good old chin-wag. Poppet the goat has some terribly interesting gossip to convey...