PHOTO GALLERY: Queers with Pets

Anna, Abby, Clara, Martha, Lucy, Charlie, Simon, Franklin / Pittsburgh, PA

“We fostered 4 baby bunnies! They grew up friendly and fluffy and perfect. We adopted Lucy so she could be best friends with our other rabbit, Franklin. They spend their time spooning, eating basil, and hopping in the grass. We spend our time narrating their every move in funny voices.”


Michelle, Apollo, Tigger / 26, 3, 5 / San Jose, CA

“My (Jessica’s) mother rescued these two kittens off the streets and they instantly became part of the family. I named them Apollo and Artemis because I wanted a brother and sister name (and Artemis is my favorite character from Young Justice). They live with me and my girlfriend Michelle as we live up the queer cat lady dream in California. My favorite moments are when all four of us are just relaxing on the bed together. Apollo’s nicknames include: My Sweet Baboo, Boo, Boo Berry, Little Prince, and Dandruff Butt.

We watch Tigger when his owners are out of town. He and Michelle are best buds. Whenever I’m not there, my phone is flooded with photos of all the cuddling missing out on. TOO CUTE.”


Jessica and Artemis / 30, 3 / San Jose, CA

“Because they were feral the first year of their lives, they’re not used being handled and are not lap cats (yet, I can dream!). Instead, they awkwardly show their affection by rubbing on every piece of furniture (but never our legs), kneading the blankets like good little bakers, and mewing/looking really cute when I’m trying to leave for work. Here I am about to cry because I picked up Artemis and she sat contently in my arms for the first time. A year later, I’m told I still make the same face when I pick her up. Artemis’s nicknames include: Princess (the only name my mom calls her), Miss Miss, Angry Teenager, Fuzzy Buttkins, and Fluff Moose.”


Alison and Luna / 27, 4 / NJ

“Luna sort of stumbled into my life. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the foundation I was working at started doing relief work–which led to countless volunteers showing up every day to help out. I overheard one such volunteer talking one day about how she had a small kitten and if she couldn’t find a home she was going to take the kitten to the shelter. It just so happens that she’s almost identical to my girlfriend’s cat. And that’s how I ended up driving home from work that day with a small grey and white kitten perched on my shoulder.

Luna is named after Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. Best thing about her is how obsessed she is with her catnip pickle toy, especially if her little sister tries to steal it. We like to watch New York Rangers games together, and she’ll cuddle up on my feet at night and watch whatever I stay up binge watching. Instagram with her little sister Ollie: the_three_lil_monsters


Shannon and Lucy / 18, 2

“I named her after Lucille Ball, which, IMHO, is pretty gay.”


Traci and Oliver / 38, 16 / Bronx, NY

“Oliver and I met about 14 years ago at the Connecticut Humane Society and he’s been my orange shadow ever since. He has a purrculatory system, which means he has to purr to circulate blood. He’s a pack cat, and likes to always be in the tent that’s formed by me hunching over my laptop. This is our usual work from home sitch, pictured.”


Yvonne, Gloria, Tungi / 26, 26, 4 / Dinosaur Valley State Park

“Tungi is a pit/lab mix and a true adventure dog. Here we are at Dinosaur Valley State Park where Tungi swam, hiked, and made friends with some dinosaurs. We adopted him 4 years ago and he has made our lives tremendously fun! Find him on Instagram under #tungipups.”


Heather , Dobby, Socks, Beth March, Quasar / 2, 2, 2, 6 / Astoria, NY

“The origin story of Dobby, Socks, Beth, and their little sister Frodo is so well documented I don’t know what else to say! We found them as wee feral kittens in our backyard, the babies of our most beloved street cat Bobbi Jean. We rescued them and socialized them and they almost died twice but did not! Quasar appeared on day at my house in Georgia and when Stacy came to visit me (we were dating long distance at the time), she fell in love and brought Quasar home to NYC. I named the feral Bobbi babies after the book characters they most reminded me of, and Stacy loves space so that’s how Quasar got her name. They’re so different. Dobby loves to play hard and get Furminated and eat people-food, Socks likes to be a little spoon and is still weirded out by music, Beth March likes to sleep in blanket tent under knees and roll around in warm laundry, Quasar is a genius and she’s picky about literally everything and she talks all the time. Me and the cats spend most of our time working on Autostraddle business and the rest of it cuddling with Stacy and reading books and playing video games. I have one dog who lives with her other mama in Georgia and her name is Scout. I see her and Facetime her every chance I get. My second Georgia dog, Margaret Jo, went to heaven this year. I think of her every day. My pets are my true heart and I don’t know what I would do without them.”


Chelsea, Melissa, Charles Avocado VanGogh

“My ex bought Charles shortly after we had started dating (after we discovered we both had a love for corgis). Though she bought him, Charles and I formed a stronger bond. So when we broke up and I moved away, it was natural that Charles came with me, and he has since come to love my new girlfriend! I wanted his name to be VanGogh (my favorite painter), my ex wanted his name to be Charlie (after Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). I took up calling him Charles, which really happened to work out once I realized RuPaul’s last name is Charles. And I loved Avocados, so it was natural to make that his last name.

He is a fighter. He was diagnosed with liver failure nearly two years ago and my entire world fell apart. I could not (and still cannot) imagine life without this little doggo. I do everything that I can to medically manage and monitor his condition and he is living a very happy (practically normal) life. Every additional day I have with him is a gift… though part of me likes to think that he understands how much I need him, so he keeps on fighting to stay with me for as long as he can. Charles’ favorite activity is playing soccer (though his soccer ball looks more like a dirty rag because of how much he plays). He enjoys walks. He loves swimming (if/when he gets a chance). And he really loves snuggling (especially trying to get in-between Melissa and I when we are snuggling). He loves to get the back of his neck scratched. Whenever he is in the mood for that, he will just walk over and stick his face in my crotch because that’s where his face goes while is scratch the back of his neck. What a little weirdy. Instagram: @CharlesAvocado.”


Sam and Huckleberry / 27, 7

“This is my boy Huckleberry. He has the best personality on top of being the model kitty he is! I rescued him from the street after his previous owners abandoned him 3 years ago, and we have had the best bond since. I switched countries 3 times and he goes everywhere with me. Instagram: I gave up on the pet only account but most of my Insta “stories” feature him: @xxomgitssamxx.”


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86 Comments

  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.

    Thanks.

    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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    Snugglebeast

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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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