PHOTO GALLERY: Queers with Pets

Kris, Haywood, Alfred Fraggle, Luna Fluffgood / 34, 10, 4, 1

“Haywood and I were in a dog show for our local low-cost spay and neuter clinic. He is a rescue from Haywood County, NC and that’s where he got his name. He’s very large and very snuggly. Alfred Fraggle and I take a lot of selfies together. He has extremely fluffy ears and is a very glamorous boy.  Luna Fluffgood is the newest member of the family, and the only girl dog. She eats couches and other furniture on the regular but I still love her. She and Alfred Fraggle are best friends, and love to watch squirrels through the front window.”

Leigh and Whiskey / 30, 5 / Richmond, CA

“We got Whiskey when she was a puppy in CT (we lived in Boston at the time). We named her after Whiskey in Dollhouse (she only ever wanted to be the best!) although now we just sound like alcoholics a lot. She’s a weirdo who likes to carry her first couple pieces of kibble and eat them over a carpet in another room before settling in for a meal, and she’s a great cuddler as long as you don’t steal her corner of the couch. (She’ll just stare at you sadly until you move).”

Stephanie and Harley P. Roy (HPR) / Clough State Park in Weare, NH

“HPR is originally from Tennessee. She and countless other doggo’s were transported to New England for adoptions. We initially went to see another dog but the other animal was not good with kitty cats, so unfortunately was no longer a viable option for our home. Just as we were leaving a Humane Society staffer stopped us at the door to inform us the vet just released 200 dogs for adoption. We walked around for what seemed like hours and I kept coming back to HPR.  She is literally the most loving creature I’ve ever come across in my life.  So gentle, so willing to please, so intelligent…
We do everything together. I work from home, we are rarely apart.  The one thing we don’t do together is swim. Turns out the dog is afraid of water.”

Joyce and Taro / 27, 2 / Los Angeles, CA

“Taro chose me at a rescue here in LA. I was doing a meet n’ greet with some other cats when he ran towards me and stole the treat in my hand. With that he stole my heart also. I wanted to name him something food related, and the name needs to be cute in Taiwanese, too, because I won’t allow my children to forget their roots (no pun intended). Taro / 芋仔 is basically a Taiwanese potato, and he’s a little potato for sure. He greets me at my bedroom door every morning! And he keeps me company every day as I work from home. I take him on walks on a leash, but it inevitably turns into him walking me, so really who’s the owner here? The weirdest thing he does is climb into my lap, fart, and then leave. The worst.”

Isis and Neo / 22, 2 / Berkeley, CA

“Neo, short for Neopolitan, has the signature three swaths of color that are distinctive in the ice cream she is named after.  She and her companion, Bambi, are both primarily taken care of by my father, whose thumb makes an appearance in this photo as well. She loves carrots, but will very willingly stretch out over the side of her enclosure for whatever tidbit of veggie you offer her. I’ve done some cute sketches of her and Bambi, but mostly our interactions consist of her squeaking for treats and me giving in without much protest.”

Desiree and Oskar / 29, deceased (RIP)

“I used to be one of those people who looked through Craigslist’s pet section to feel warm about the possibility of soft, furry critters in my home. When I stumbled across Oskar (formerly Madonna), possibility turned into NEEEEEED: I must have this baby! So I scooped him up and we became momma and momma’s boy pretty soon after. Poor punk had heart disease, as well as some allergy we could never figure out, hence the blue donut. He passed this spring after our spending only four years of our lives together. I’ll never forget his sweet sweet snuggles and soft paw reaches to touch my face at the most heartwarming moments. Such a good boy.”

Elyse and Lucky / 22, 11 months / Lebanon

“Lucky was abandoned by his owner with a friend in a hangar, I had just lost another dog, Rex, and was crying for weeks until lucky came home one day. I had just gotten home from university and I fell in love with this tiny little blonde ball of fur. He was two months old the first time we met and we’ve been inseparable ever since. My mother calls me his momma because I coddle him so much. My brother adopted him for me and he was already named, and the name suits him so I never changed it. Lucky is very compassionate and loving, he has a sense of when I’m upset and never fails to put a smile on my face. When we have time, Lucky and I go running, or running around the garden in my hometown, or taking long swims on the beach and ruining my dad’s car because Lucky won’t let me dry him off. From the way he sleeps on his back with his paws extended to the way he pees, everything he does is weird but in the most lovable way.”

Meredith and Finn / Charlotte, NC

“I found Finn at the ASPCA though a pet finder website. He has a little black dot on his chin (which unfortunately you can’t see here) and when I saw his picture on the website I immediately fell in love. When I got to the shelter another woman was holding him and I waited for an hour for her to leave. Luckily she couldn’t make up her mind and he was mine! My favorite thing to do with Finn is cuddle on the couch but his favorite thing to do is bring live small animals into my house. There have been bugs, lizards, frogs, birds and snakes. He’s lucky he’s so darn cute! The weirdest thing he does is drink out of the faucet in the sink next to mine in the bathroom every morning while I’m getting ready. He’s a nut and I love him.”

Cara and Jake / 22, 8 / San Diego, CA

“We got Jake my freshman year of high school as a rescue! He came with his name and really just fit it. His previous owners bobbed his tail, so when he gets excited his whole back half wiggles. He and I have this in common. We like long walks on the beach, belly rubs (yes, both of us), and snuggles. Jake is convinced he is a lap dog, and does not understand why he cannot sit on top of you at all times.”

Grace and Addie / 25, 2 / Bozeman, MT

“Addie is my diabetic alert dog — she can smell when my blood sugar goes up or down long before I can sense it, and she tells me about it. Thus, she goes everywhere I go, and thinks anywhere that is not literally on top of me is too far away. Things she loves include: antlers, long hikes, sitting in desk chairs like a person, and treats. She wakes me up by sitting on top of my head every single morning.”

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  1. I want to pet all of them. Even the house plant.

    Also, I really, really wanted to participate in this one, but unfortunately my cat doesn’t live with me and I couldn’t make it over to my mom’s in time for the deadline. I even had the photo all planned out!

  2. Wow, after looking through all of these I have that kind of post-TV-binge feeling, like I am slightly stunned and unsure what to do with my feelings or my body.

    Also, did I miss Sue Perkins the sourdough?!

  3. 1. Weare, NH is one town over from where I grew up! Wow!!
    2. Everyone’s pets are so charming, omg
    3. I did not know there were this many queers in Ohio?
    4. Marty and Olive are delighted to have been featured <3 <3 <3

  4. Having a real moment over here with all the cute.

    I’m also shocked that the entirety of my crazy dog lady verbal diarrhea made the cut.

  5. This post combines two of the best things in the world:queer women and pets.

        • I feel like this is something that can be rectified, also probably needs to be rectified as it’s unfair if the world cannot witness Friday’s glory.

  6. I met some wonderful pups hiking Triple Falls in DuPont National Park this summer. One of my favorite parts of hiking is all the dogs I meet. I used to have a Springer that hiked all over Pisgah National Forest and The Smokey’s with me. As well as playing on the beach in Isle of Palms. It’s been a couple of years since my last Springer passed away. I have had all kinds of dogs, but we foster Springers. Hopefully, my sister and I will be able to adopt a couple of dogs soon. We already named them Biscuit and Grits.

  7. Hello I am in love with everybody of every species in this gallery.

  8. Lovely! So heartwarming to see the photos and read how all these lovely animals found their human companions.

  9. ok do you all have professional photos taken with your pets or what?

    …wait, can I have professional photos taken with my pet?

    • Right? I tried to use my good camera but that was a no-go with Mr. Grumpy Pants, so I ended up having to use my crappy phone camera instead. I am impressed with everyone else’s well-behaved fur friends.

      • (To be fair though he was only grumpy because I made him wear a costume)

    • Everytime I take a pic of reptar I am RISKING MY VERY LIFE because he hates phones. I think the screen doesn’t refresh fast enough for bird eyes to make sense of them? I’m p sure phones are murdery strobe lights for him

    • Al

      Maybe a little food before and after the shoot could make it more professional? Food to distract then food as reward when your pet does a good job.

    • yes, you can! or painted portraits. I do pet watercolors. check out my ig @_welltrained_

    • Yes you can have professional photos taken with your pets (says the woman who has signed her dogs up to be calendar models).

    • I’ve done that before but Boris was very scared in the studio and tucked his ears all the way back. I sent one of those I turns to my dad and he answered me “your poor dog has no ears”

  10. If this was a coffee table book, I would read it every night when I got home from work.

  11. So much cuteness! I thought I was going to die there for a minute.

    Glad to report that the result was this instead:

  12. Also wow wasnt aware we were meant to write essays on our animals?? I worked so hard* to condense mine

    *”hard”, “for five minutes”, potato, potahto,

  13. El

    I wish I knew about this! I would love for you guys to meet my pet cock, Pirri, 10! I love that guy. ?????

  14. So many good animals and so many good animal names and so many good faces and pictures and ahhh! So much good I so desperately needed today. <3

  15. Thank the gods for this post today. I was already crying last night out of overwhelmed-the-world-is-the-worst-dumpster-fire-ever types of emotions. Then I woke up to the tragic news about vegas. This is a nice reminder that not all is bad.


    ps. It looks like my pic with my dog is lumped into the folks pictures above me.

  16. meg

    Oh thank you, this helps. Sorry I didn’t get it together to send a picture of my rescue dog.

  17. All of your pets are adorable and I’m jealous that I am a poor grad student with a lease that forbids dogs and cats.

    Also I reeeeeally hope the next gallery is a Halloween costume gallery.

  18. Oh how I needed this gallery today! Rather than try to pick favorites, I’ll simply say that y’all and your pets are just *the cutest*. Thanks, everyone! <3

  19. This is the best thing ever. I have officially followed all of your instagram accounts, because whenever the world is bad I follow another 20 or so animal instas and this was a perfect opportunity. This thread is amazing and I wish I hadn’t forgotten to send in pictures of my amazing cats. You can see them on my instagram if you want; my username there is also ankhmorpork. It’s 90% my cats with a few selfies here and there. I don’t pet sit as much anymore but I tend to take pictures of the dogs and cats I sit for as well.

    P.S. Atlanta people, we should become friends so I can pet your dogs. And because half my queer friends have moved away and you seem like fun people. But also, dogs.

  20. Oh, my goodness. OH, MY GOODNESS! My heart. I can’t handle this right now. Look at all of this cuteness. Precious babies.

  21. So many beautiful humans with amazing animal friends! ?

    I was kind of expecting at least one snake or lizard though…but I’m very glad nobody sent in a photo with a pet tarantula! ?

  22. I love animals and I love you guys and everything is so cute and let’s choose to ignore the rest of the world, just for today

    • Thank you so much, Carmen! I told Nunu what you wrote, and now he’s considering signing up for Belgium’s Next Top Model.

      Gotta get perfecting that smize.

  23. YOUR PETS ARE ALL SO GREAT but now i feel guilty that i only posted my dog and not my cat, because he is also a star. instead of using a litter box, he likes to jump over our back fence, crap in the neighbor’s yard, and then come home, because cats are dicks. we used to be okay with this because we hated our old neighbors but now we have new neighbors, a nice gay couple who love him, so now he goes over there to crap and then they let him in their back door for food and treats. he has a second family and thinks we don’t know because he still comes home wanting dinner. anyway that’s my cat and i need you to know about his antics.
    my sister also has a ball python. she sleeps most of the day and hates men, so, ya know, relatable.

  24. This is the best photo gallery ever!! I just went and followed all the Instagram accounts! I kinda wish this was an ongoing queers with pets instagram. Haha. I also really want a cat now! I also absolutely loved that Kristin Russo and Jenny Owen Youngs had their cat here too and an instagram!! So exciting!! This has made my day. <3

  25. a/s

    this was soooo lovelyyy!!!

    anna^2 i really want a christmas card from you and yours. that is year-round fridge material.

  26. OMG the adorbs. Part of me regrets not including my parents’ new puppy Ms Frizzle for the amazing cuteness factor, but Mikoto’s my priority. I was getting nervous that we weren’t going to be on the list but turns out we were just near the end.

    I miss my camp buds and now I miss your pets too ❤️

    • First thing I did was Ctrl+F my cat’s name, and then look through the gallery once I knew he made it in ~^_^~

  27. It is 7:25 am on Bainbridge Island in Washington, and I have been up since 5:10 am to take the ferry over here – so forgive my emotions when I say that all of you and your bbs are perfect. Gosh. Thank you for sharing.

  28. I thought my favourite page on the internet was a cache of 215 pictures of Kate McKinnon at the Emmys, but I see I was wrong. I live here now.

  29. This gallery makes me SO happy. Like it is the most heartwarming, relaxing, adorable thing ever. Thank you for putting this together.

  30. Shoutout to the people whose dogs are named Henry and Hazel – those are our dogs’ names too! <3

  31. I’m going back through this a page a day and reading every single word you all wrote about your furbabies, and I just laughed out loud at this: “fun fact: if you name your very independent dog Stella, every trip to the dog park turns into A Streetcar Named Desire.”

  32. Yo bookshelf, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Pets is the best gallery of all time.

  33. lnr

    So good! I particularly love Boris the show cat who reminds me so much of my cat Spike. She was a show cat in her own mind.

  34. Lex

    The submission period was midterms crunch time for me so here’s my girls doing what they do best

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    But Why

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    Amber, the runt of an oopsie litter between a hunting dog and herding dog.
    Likes guarding and playing catch but not necessarily fetch.

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    Daisy Mae, abandoned pup and former fosterling her prime directive is cuddles. Has no sense of self preservation, she’s probably part terrier.

  35. Wow, I wrote a god damn essay. I am sorry ya’ll lmao. I love everyone’s pets!!

    If you and your doggo live near Sacramento, CA, we need to meet up ASAP!!!

    • Bee

      Beau and I are on page 13 and also we would love to be friends. He needs practice making friends because he’s not great at it and friends confuse him. Shoot me a message… I’m much easier to contact on Instagram or Facebook, so swap details with me and you can play with my dog?

  36. So many new instagram friends for Puck! I’m very glad we can keep this gallery going on instagram ^_^ And it’s nice to see there’s another mischievous Puck out there :)

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