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Furry Friday: Sitting prettily

Nick Barnett 09:44, Oct 01 2021

Madigan and Archie are a symphony of seated perfection. And don't they know it!

Madigan and Archie are a symphony of seated perfection. And don't they know it!

At least once a day as I relax on the couch, my dog settles himself in front of me and treats me as his push-button entertainment centre.

Riley has this way of sitting, you see, which pushes my buttons. He rests one pup-buttock on the floor, lets both legs drift charmingly to one side, and fixes me with an inescapable gaze. With his eyes, and a set of infinitesimal plaintive noises, he frames certain questions to me: Will I throw his toy? Will I get up and find him something tasty to chew? Will I take him, now, to the dog park? The answer us generally yes.

It's not that Riley bullies me (ha ha, the very thought). It's more a kind of win-win ritual, ensuring he's properly stimulated while I have time to do important things like Stuff's daily Sudoku. Anyway, this is all to explain today's theme, which is the endearing and effective way that dogs possess of sitting and looking adorable. Scroll and admire their technique!

Blogger's prerogative exercised: this is Riley's sitting style, always with the legs to one side. A shout-out to this little guy, who has been in my life for exactly a year this week.

Blogger's prerogative exercised: this is Riley's sitting style, always with the legs to one side. A shout-out to this little guy, who has been in my life for exactly a year this week.

Thanks to all for submitting photos. Please email me your own pet photos, or message me via the Four Legs Good Facebook page. Help keep Furry Friday free of embarrassing mistakes by remembering to include your pet's name, and its sex if it's not obvious!

Hugo and Baloo (left) sit with charming attentiveness as their human engages in exercise. Meanwhile Bud throws us a glance from his kennel.

Hugo and Baloo (left) sit with charming attentiveness as their human engages in exercise. Meanwhile Bud throws us a glance from his kennel.

Otis (left) and DaisyMae have their own couch technique.

Otis (left) and DaisyMae have their own couch technique.

Maggie (left) doesn't quite achieve symmetry. Toto rests peacefully but prominently.

Maggie (left) doesn't quite achieve symmetry. Toto rests peacefully but prominently.

This group of statues on New Plymouth's coastal walkway, titled Mothers and Daughters, invites interaction, including by taking a seat among the figures. Floki needs little encouragement.

This group of statues on New Plymouth's coastal walkway, titled Mothers and Daughters, invites interaction, including by taking a seat among the figures. Floki needs little encouragement.

Rusty (top) and Fluffy are great playmates. They love relaxing and sharing a wicked laugh.

Rusty (top) and Fluffy are great playmates. They love relaxing and sharing a wicked laugh.

Those who take a bath in Kira's home are liable to do so with her company. She's nonjudgmental, though.

Those who take a bath in Kira's home are liable to do so with her company. She's nonjudgmental, though.

It's Floki again, still sitting neatly in a place not specifically designed for him. Those with eagle eyes will note an earlier Furry Friday on the monitor behind him, featuring Floki's own image.

It's Floki again, still sitting neatly in a place not specifically designed for him. Those with eagle eyes will note an earlier Furry Friday on the monitor behind him, featuring Floki's own image.

Floyd (left) and Macy pose proudly, each with an imposing presence in the background - one being a mountain, the other being dad.

Floyd (left) and Macy pose proudly, each with an imposing presence in the background - one being a mountain, the other being dad.

At some point in the life of a dog, it will be necessary to assert dignity while enduring an unchosen outfit. Bella (left) and Finn carry it off with great calmness.

At some point in the life of a dog, it will be necessary to assert dignity while enduring an unchosen outfit. Bella (left) and Finn carry it off with great calmness.

A blast from the past: the late and much missed Phoebe and Riley that day a decade ago when they modelled sweaters knitted for them by a Four Legs Good follower. I still have those sweaters, though I haven't tried to force one on Riley yet.

A blast from the past: the late and much missed Phoebe and Riley that day a decade ago when they modelled sweaters knitted for them by a Four Legs Good follower. I still have those sweaters, though I haven't tried to force one on Riley yet.

Felix (left) strikes a power pose; Goku imparts a subtle hint that someone should try to take his toy off him.

Felix (left) strikes a power pose; Goku imparts a subtle hint that someone should try to take his toy off him.

Poses that capture the canine nature: Jet (left) and Toby and Bree.

Poses that capture the canine nature: Jet (left) and Toby and Bree.

Power sitting: Fergus (left), Mr Guinness and Stanley have bags of presence.

Power sitting: Fergus (left), Mr Guinness and Stanley have bags of presence.

Meet little Salt. She's almost 12 and I'm told her hobbies include going on walks, chasing the sun around the house, and catching ZZZs.

Meet little Salt. She's almost 12 and I'm told her hobbies include going on walks, chasing the sun around the house, and catching ZZZs.

Jock (left) and Sam could never hide anything. They tell little white truths.

Jock (left) and Sam could never hide anything. They tell little white truths.

Nia (left) thinks grooming happens way too often; Chester is sceptical but is ready to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Nia (left) thinks grooming happens way too often; Chester is sceptical but is ready to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Two views of Tulip: wind-tousled and interesting, and moody and monochrome.

Two views of Tulip: wind-tousled and interesting, and moody and monochrome.

The glamorous gaze of Banzé; the eager energy of Shelley.

The glamorous gaze of Banzé; the eager energy of Shelley.

The furrily furnished faces of Bella (left) and Herbie.

The furrily furnished faces of Bella (left) and Herbie.

The soft ears and deep eyes of Lola (left) and Izzy.

The soft ears and deep eyes of Lola (left) and Izzy.

Dude (left) helps with the recycling; Jack helps melt your heart.

Dude (left) helps with the recycling; Jack helps melt your heart.

Soft stylings: Moose (left), Kiva and Rosie increase the sum total of happiness.

Soft stylings: Moose (left), Kiva and Rosie increase the sum total of happiness.

Pepper can't believe what he just read. Why was he not consulted before publication?

Pepper can't believe what he just read. Why was he not consulted before publication?

Finally, two reactions to having to share a house with a you-know-what-species. Ern (left) is ready to adopt new habits; Taylor just does her own doggy thing.

Finally, two reactions to having to share a house with a you-know-what-species. Ern (left) is ready to adopt new habits; Taylor just does her own doggy thing.