PHOTO GALLERY: Queers with Pets

Grania and Murphy/ 43, 5 / Maser street art, Grantham St, Dublin, Ireland

“Murphy is a Lurcher rescue, and a certified bad-boy lamb-killer, who is now in an urban human-veggie household. He came with the name, as he had three owners in 6 months, we decided to keep the name. Althought as it was easter 2016, the centenary of the Irish uprising, we did consider naming him Countess Sparklybitch in honour of Countess Markiewicz, a heroine of the uprising. Murphy may have been sporting a diamanté collar at the time.

He is a furry ball of energy. Docile and devoted on the lead, a ferocious sprinter off it. And his fur is enticingly soft, which is why he loves being petted by everyone he meets. Murphy frequents Instagram here.”

Anoma, Robin, Jameson

Allison and Rosie / 25, 2 / San Antonio, TX

“I adopted Rosie from a shelter when she was seven months old. She already had the name Rose, which is my middle name after my great-grandmother who died in the Holocaust. I call her Rosie now to make that slightly less weird. Rosie and I both love swimming, eating ice cubes, and being bratty bottoms.”

Rebecca and Molly / 29, 3/ Broadstairs, Kent, UK

“OK, strictly speaking Molly is my mother’s dog… but I helped select her when she was a puppy and collected her from the breeder when we she was ready! We got Molly from some friends of my brothers whose dog had a litter of puppies and my mum chose the name ‘Molly’ because “she looks like a Molly.” Personally, I wanted ‘Nora’ because she gnawed things but I gracefully conceded.

Molly is the most loving, cuddly, family focused dog I’ve ever come across. Her favourite things to do are licking people’s faces with extreme intensity; trying to catch shadows; chasing torch beams and barking at seagulls when they sit on the roof. She dislike bath time, the sea, anything water-based, objects/ people with big heads (especially motor cyclists), toys that make the wrong kind of squeak, dogs that are bigger than her, the neighbour’s cat, horses and most of all – anythingthat bangs. She’s needy, a bit of a wuss and a total princess but my goodness, I love this dog.”

Dominique, Pebbles, Penny / Struble Trail, Chester County, Downingtown, PA

“Both of my girls were adopted from the Brandywine SPCA in West Chester, PA. We got Pebbles in March 2011, when she was about a year old. We were told that she was supposed to be be mostly a mix of Mastiff and Shiba Inu but they were clearly wrong because she’s only 55 lbs today. Pebbles was returned to the SPCA because she is an alpha dog and the people that adopted her before us already had an alpha in their house so she was causing issues with trying to take over.

We adopted Penny in March of 2013, when she was a puppy and only a couple months old. She was all white with only a few spots and she was the last one of the litter when we saw her. After seeing her on a Friday and going in to look at her on Saturday morning (the puppies always go super fast at any SPCA), we barely got her. This little boy and his mother spent some time in a room with her before we did and they ended up not taking her. When they walked away we got our shot! We knew we definitely wanted to take her home. And just had to introduce her to Pebbles and make sure that they got along before we could. She is supposed to be mostly Walker Hound but most people think she’s a Dalmatian because she has a lot of black spots on her coat. She has a large black dot on her butt (which you can kind of see in the pic) and she literally gets more and more spots everyday as she gets older. My girlfriend and I are constantly finding new ones. And she’s so skinny-looking that people always mistake her for a puppy still.

The simultaneous best and most frustrating thing about Pebbles is that she is straight up a DIVA. She’s beautiful and very spoiled and she knows it. She literally stops and stares at any person that she sees when we’re walking because she both wants and thinks that they have to stop to pet her. The best, and also simultaneously sometimes infuriating, thing about Penny is that she is a true dog in that she loves to chase squirrels and rabbits in our backyard, she bites and tears up things she’s not supposed to (the worse are shoes, tissues and plastic bags) and she loves to chew on various dog bones.

The best thing about both of them is that they LOVE people. So no one is ever in any danger of being bit or attacked by my dogs. We like to go on long walks together. On most mornings if I’m feeling up to it, I’ll take them for 3-4 mile walks.

We have come to the conclusion that Penny is autistic. That’s a real thing in dogs. There are lots of things that she can only do certain ways. For instance when we had a couch right by our front door, literally every time we came in from our twice daily walks she had to immediately jump over the back of it, off of it and then run outside thru her doggy door. Then she’d come right back in. Also our front door opens up so that it can block the stairs which are to the right as soon as you walk in. If this door is open, and Penny wants to come down the stairs she is unable to do so until the door is closed and she can then get around it because she has to come down the stairs into the living room in a specific way every single time. And these are just TWO of the many idiosyncrasies that she has and that she goes through on a daily basis. Also Penny rarely if ever gives kisses. She will smell your face for like a full 30 seconds but she will probably not lick it.

The weirdest things about Pebbles are that she won’t accept a treat from your hand. You have to literally drop it on the floor and then she’ll eat it. And she always, and I mean always, ducks her head when you go to pet her on the top of it. Sadly, I think this might have something to do with why she was returned to the SPCA. Like someone probably hit her on the head a lot to discipline her.”

Ali, Katie, Kasper / Calgary, Canada

“Kasper and Katie came into my life as a package deal. She was the first girl I ever loved and he was the first doggo to steal my heart. I went from being dog indifferent to dog obsessed. On a birthday trip to Mexico in 2016 we decided to adopt a scruffy little street girl and name her Roo (like Quintana Roo). These pups make us laugh and get us outside every day during the long Calgary winters.”

Chandler and Thor / 22, 6 / Missoula, MT

“I went to animal control to pick up a 30 lb lab mix named Cocoa. By the time I got there, she was gone. I walked around the kennels for a while and this beautiful brindled dog caught my attention by sitting perfectly still, and staring at me. I walk over and said “Hi, handsome. I’d love to take you home, but you’re Too Big!” I turned to go, and behind me I hear this DEEP, MOURNFUL “WOO-oof!” I turned to look at him, and he was still sitting stock still, except for the faintest, hopeful tremble of the tip of his tail. This 80 lb boxer/mastiff cross has been mine ever since, and I’m grateful everyday that he picked me. If you want to see more of him, you can follow him on Instagram!”

Jess, Pepper / Parents’ farm on Cape Cod, MA

“My parents have lived all over the US and finally moved to Cape Cod in the hopes of having a farm. My mom really wanted goats and they have quickly become part of our family in ways I didn’t think goats could. They came with their names, which we didn’t want to change, though we have come with an array of nicknames for them individually and as a group (“goatles” being the most frequent one). Their favorite foods include poison ivy, Brussels sprouts, fresh hay, and apples as a treat. They split their time between eating, sleeping in the sun, staring at nonexistent danger, ramming each other’s heads, and trying to run away from the wind — all of which are activities we practice as a family. They aren’t particularly best friends, but they snuggle during the winter out of survivalism and seem to tolerate one another’s existence. They are outrageously cute and when they’re in heat and screaming, they sound like terrifying demons, which is fun for everyone.”

Kristen and Milo / 26, 4/ Washington, DC

“Kristen discovered Milo on a Craiglist ad posted by a woman fostering rescued kittens. Milo, along with his litter, was found in a plastic bag in a Target parking lot back in 2013. His black and white spots immediately caught Kristen’s eye, and after a brief home visit, Milo started his new life at nine weeks old at Kristen’s apartment in Northwest DC. Previously unnamed, but called “Panda” or “Oreo” by his foster mom due to his markings, Kristen decided on the name Milo from her favorite children’s movie, Milo and Otis.

Milo and Kristen’s favorite activity is throwing massive shade at anyone that crosses their path (see photo). Other past times include Milo playing with his catnip-filled rainbow toy, play fights that end up in Kristen’s favorite sweaters being ruined, and a good ole fashioned sand-paper tongue licking on Kristen’s nose.”

Hahna and Ramona / 28, 8 months / Madison, WI

“My partner and I adopted Ramona in April from a local pet rescue called Underdog. She is named after Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby. We got her when she was Ramona Age 8 Weeks but she quickly grew into Ramona the Pest. Introducing her to my partner’s cat, Iggy, was a long process but now they cuddle and play together (when she’s not chasing him out of sun beams and off of laps). Ramona is such a delight! She’s leash trained (that’s her cute pink harness in the photo) so we’ll go outside for some bug hunting (she loves to watch ants) and sunbeam time. Our other favorite activities together include sleeping in, playing with her favorite string on a stick toy, and ear scritches.”

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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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