Furry Friday: Pets rugged and wrapped

Phoenix and Dill feel nary a chill when deep in a mountain of plush.  Which sounds like the first line of a rude poem, but it isn't.

Phoenix and Dill feel nary a chill when deep in a mountain of plush. Which sounds like the first line of a rude poem, but it isn’t.

Outdoors, this is a time of cold and rain. Indoors, it’s the time when blankets come into their own. And don’t our pets know it!

When I say “blankets” I mean that vast category of fleecy, felted, puffy, plush, knitted, crocheted or otherwise fashioned items that warm us during these winter months. For my purposes, the definition extends to such hybrid products as Oodies, Snuggies, Slankets, Blankoats, Blardigans, Croshawls, Knitsies, Flumpers, Plittens and Eiderdiapers. (Admittedly, not all of these have been invented yet but it’s only a matter of time.)

Anyway, to this week’s collection of pet photos. It’s all about the indispensable role in any pet’s life of the blanket – preferably blankets plural. Scroll, and feel your core temperature rise!

For Princess, the best place to be on a cold morning is a human's recently vacated dressing gown.

For Princess, the best place to be on a cold morning is a human’s recently vacated dressing gown.

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!

Colby and Kimber are easy couchfellows.

Colby and Kimber are easy couchfellows.

Sass (left) crushes an Oodie, which can be understood as the love child of a careless hoodie and a fleece blanket that lacked self-control;  Indie luxuriates on her new winter quilt.

Sass (left) crushes an Oodie, which can be understood as the love child of a careless hoodie and a fleece blanket that lacked self-control; Indie luxuriates on her new winter quilt.

Giel (left), Kay and Bella almost vanish into their comfy refuges.

Giel (left), Kay and Bella almost vanish into their comfy refuges.

Unwisely, Mom left her spot.  Ginny quickly claimed the warm bedding.

Unwisely, Mom left her spot. Ginny quickly claimed the warm bedding.

Gracie (left) has turned her blanket into a fortress of solitude.  Mango inhabits a shrine to herself, made of cushions and wooly-covered hot water bottles.

Gracie (left) has turned her blanket into a fortress of solitude. Mango inhabits a shrine to herself, made of cushions and wooly-covered hot water bottles.

After getting caught in the rain, Benson needed a comprehensive swaddling.

After getting caught in the rain, Benson needed a comprehensive swaddling.

Tor and Anja (left) and Rosie and Myah share the comfort.

Tor and Anja (left) and Rosie and Myah share the comfort.

More blankets needed here, to stem the slippage of Freyja (left) and Lady.

More blankets needed here, to stem the slippage of Freyja (left) and Lady.

Frankie experiences heat-heaven.

Frankie experiences heat-heaven.

These plushy bucket-sort-of-things are a type of blanket, are they not?  I believe so.  Call them Pluckets, if you like.  Indiana and Kansas are big fans of them.

These plushy bucket-sort-of-things are a type of blanket, are they not? I believe so. Call them Pluckets, if you like. Indiana and Kansas are big fans of them.

Zoe (left) is Oodie-wedge;  Tinka is sleeping-bag-immersed.

Zoe (left) is Oodie-wedge; Tinka is sleeping-bag-immersed.

The lovely Delta deserves no less than all possible blankets.

The lovely Delta deserves no less than all possible blankets.

Millie and Finn just love being warm and safe.

Millie and Finn just love being warm and safe.

Buddy has been expertly tucked in.  Don't you love doing that for your pet?

Buddy has been expertly tucked in. Don’t you love doing that for your pet?

Seline looks as though she's been sandwich-pressed into her snuggle sack.

Seline looks as though she’s been sandwich-pressed into her snuggle sack.

Herbie (left), Basil and Mike are more priestly than beastly.

Herbie (left), Basil and Mike are more priestly than beastly.

Raven has an expression that says 'Do Not Disturb'.

Raven has an expression that says ‘Do Not Disturb’.

Heads of agreement: Bert and Ernie both like to keep their eyes, ears and mouth activated.

Heads of agreement: Bert and Ernie both like to keep their eyes, ears and mouth activated.

Yogi read somewhere that 90 per cent of one's body heat is lost through one's muzzle.

Yogi read somewhere that 90 per cent of one’s body heat is lost through one’s muzzle.

Otto finds the ambient temperature fully satisfactory.

Otto finds the ambient temperature fully satisfactory.

Couch plus blanket plus the vicinity of a fire equals bliss for Hugo.

Couch plus blanket plus the vicinity of a fire equals bliss for Hugo.

Nitro's place of refuge is a sunny spot on the desk.  It must be great for work stress to have a snoozing cat nearby.

Nitro’s place of refuge is a sunny spot on the desk. It must be great for work stress to have a snoozing cat nearby.

Roaching and roasting with a fire close at hand – Minx is in ecstasy.

Roaching and roasting with a fire close at hand – Minx is in ecstasy.

You have Jupiter's attention, narrowly, but you're about to lose it.

You have Jupiter’s attention, narrowly, but you’re about to lose it.

Greta owns a world-class coat but still appreciates a throw beneath her.

Greta owns a world-class coat but still appreciates a throw beneath her.

Gracie's staff have made sure she's suitably tucked in.

Gracie’s staff have made sure she’s suitably tucked in.

When those humans won't turn out the lights, a cat must adjust its sleeping technique.  Squeakles (left) and Teddy.

When those humans won’t turn out the lights, a cat must adjust its sleeping technique. Squeakles (left) and Teddy.

Peggy Sue makes our hearts skip a beat (and gives us a Buddy Holly earworm for the day).

Peggy Sue makes our hearts skip a beat (and gives us a Buddy Holly earworm for the day).

Nothing signals cosiness like a crocheted blanket.  Angus's was knitted by his late Gran, so is full of history.

Nothing signals cosiness like a crocheted blanket. Angus’s was knitted by his late Gran, so is full of history.

If Toby weren't dreaming, he thank you for tucking him in so kindly.

If Toby weren’t dreaming, he thank you for tucking him in so kindly.

On a grotty day, there's no place better than under a quilt.  Now all Nala needs is Netflix.

On a grotty day, there’s no place better than under a quilt. Now all Nala needs is Netflix.

Mistletoe and Echo are beanbag and blanket buddies.  But doesn't approve too much of alliteration.

Mistletoe and Echo are beanbag and blanket buddies. But doesn’t approve too much of alliteration.

A fleece blanket in a box is the perfect place for Smudge to rest her little body and tired head.

A fleece blanket in a box is the perfect place for Smudge to rest her little body and tired head.

Smudge's eyes are on their way to closing.

Smudge’s eyes are on their way to closing.

A pet can never have too many treats or blankets.  George has enough to be going on with.

A pet can never have too many treats or blankets. George has enough to be going on with.

Dodo does her impression of a cheese roll.  Wouldn't you love a cheese roll right now?  Of course you would.

Dodo does her impression of a cheese roll. Wouldn’t you love a cheese roll right now? Of course you would.

Evie has mastered the art of looking sleepy at the same time as being fabulous.

Evie has mastered the art of looking sleepy at the same time as being fabulous.

Finally, on behalf of all pets, Finn would like to place on record his gratitude to all you humans who make sure your furred companions are never cold.

Finally, on behalf of all pets, Finn would like to place on record his gratitude to all you humans who make sure your furred companions are never cold.

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