​They are, of course, best in class.

They have graduated with honorary dog-torates or cat-ificates in pawlitical sciences, barkitecture, furensic pawthology or barketing (we’re not sure about the hamster).

And they have all been to Queen’s University Belfast to receive their ‘good boy’ plaudits and a rub around the ear as QUB became the first to host a unique ceremony for students’ pets.

While they might not be able to type out a final thesis, conduct research in the library or manage the delicate experiments in the labs, pets have been there to support their owners through their studies — and a little recognition for the role they have played was a lovely, fun, tummy-tickling show of appreciation to round off the university’s summer graduation programme.

It was all informal, of course — though some of the study-buddy participants were suitably dressed for their strut down the catwalk at the famous Lanyon Building. They all looked quite fetching.

Just goes to show, in a dog’s life anything is paws-ible…