PHOTO GALLERY: Queers with Pets

Becca, Meagha, Orion, Purrseus / 30, 28, 6, 6 / Seattle, WA

“We adopted this two flamepoint Siamese brother cats when Becca saw a post on the neighborhood Facebook group looking to rehome them, because their loving owner was extremely allergic to them. We had been searching for a cat to fill our home with, and though Becca swore up, down and sideways that our small house could not have two cats – that ship sailed when we fell in love with these two. As is true with many Siamese cats, they are very food-motivated, talkative, and have an insatiable need for affection. Purrseus’ (right) favorite thing to do is snuggle Meaghan’s cheeks in the early morning, and Orion’s (left) favorite thing to do is chase his laser pointer and stand uncomfortably on Becca’s lap when he is feeling needy. Other shared interests include: running through the house wildly at odd times, sitting on top of the refrigerator, and being complete unable to catch flies.”

Cat and Clark / 24, 8 months / IL

“We met at a pet store and after playing with him for awhile, even though I hadn’t intended to go home with a dog, I took Clark home. He is named after Clark Kent, because I’m a huge Superman fan, but also sort of Clarke Griffin from The 100 (I was binging the show the week I took him home and he was confused as TV people kept saying his name.) He’s a snuggler when he sleeps which is ALL THE TIME. We take long walks and our current favorite thing is prancing through the leaves together. He falls asleep in the strangest position. He once fell asleep half standing on my shoulder.”

Nic and Grand Duchess Faolin Von Pixelface (Pixel) / 35, 5 / WA

“Pixel was the unwanted one in her litter. Being a Peekingese/Mini Pin mix, she was the only short haired one and no one wanted her so we adopted her. The first half of her name is after a video game character (Guild Wars 2) and the second half is because of the single white dot or pixel on her forehead.  She’s not the brightest dog, as she tends to trip over her own feet, run into walls,  and bark at her own reflection, but she’s always up for a snuggle if I’m feeling down.”

Nic and Oreo / 30, 6 / NJ

“So Oreo is technically my Mom’s dog. She got him when my brother and I moved out in an effort to replace us I guess?? Well joke’s on her because now that they have him, I’m at the house more than ever.”

Mel and Giles / 28, 3 / Lincoln, NE

“I adopted Giles from the local no-kill cat shelter two years ago. He’s named after one of my favorite Buffy characters, Rupert Giles. He’s currently going through his Ripper phase, so my slayer training is on hold until he gets to his stuffy librarian phase. He’s so friendly and so good at head boops. And he likes – er, tolerates – being held which is important to me as I insist on picking him up every day. His favorite thing is to snuggle and nap. And talk. He likes to talk a lot. His weirdest habit is pulling out the hair on his little back. We aren’t sure if there’s something he’s allergic to or if it’s an anxious response. But he sometimes has bald spots and it’s very worrisome.”

Jade and Lady Bird / 25, 6

“Lady Bird is my dog-niece. She belongs to my best friend, but I lived with her for a year and she slept in my bed every night. My favorite thing about her is she makes a great little spoon to my big spoon. The best thing she ever did was wake me out of a night terror. She looks like a hell hound but is actually the biggest most sensitive baby.”

Devney, Chau, Buck / 27, 26, 13 / Ann Arbor, MI

“Buck had his front teeth taken out, and now his tongue sticks out sometimes. Chau has taken care of him his whole life. He camped with us when we drove from CA to MI. He’s our favorite grumpy old white man. Chau just built him his first doggie door!”

Melissa, Chloe (Bunny), Arnie / 26, 10, 10

“Arnie’s birth name was Annabelle. I’m not exactly sure how she identifies. She responds best to Arnie and I support her any way I can. Arnie always smells her butt in photos. There’s nothing I can do about it… sorry. This is my family after a long day of house work and lounging in the sun. I love my little family.”

Alice and Brice / 31, 3 / Upstate NY

“Brice’s preggo momma was brought into a rescue two days before giving birth to him and his seven siblings. I brought him home at 9 weeks old, and he’s named after Williams-Brice Stadium, the football home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Loves: lap snuggles, peanut butter, long walks, catching snowballs, spazzing over bully sticks,  and butt scratches.  Fears:  strange bearded men, tape measures, the basement, rolling suitcases, elevators, and getting rained on. He’s the weirdest weirdo I’ve ever met, and I love him more and more every single day.”

Heather and Scooby Morrissey / 31, 4

“He looks a lot like our cat, Scrappy, so we went with the name Scooby. The best thing about him is that he loves to snuggle. His weirdest trait is that he likes to chew on everyone’s hair. He will ninja walk on the back of the couch and start chomping on hair.”

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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

    A post shared by Lex (@lex_see_the_21stcentury) on

    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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