Dogs Are A Girl’s Best Friend

About a year ago, I learned about two dogs in need of a home.

My significant other and I had been dog-free for a while and had intended to stay that way for a while moreโ€”mostly because of our 21-year-old cat, Low Fat Cat. She doesn’t get around as well as she used to, and we thought introducing new pets to the household might be too much stress for her.

But it turns out that I am a total sucker for cute animals in need of a home, so I talked to my significant other and we agreed to try. To see if Low Fat Cat could accept the presence of two dogs. On paper, it seemed like it would be fine. These two dogs were small and not puppies and had lived with cats in the past, so I thought if she could accept any dogs, it would probably be these two.

I was right. It took a couple of days days (Fine. It was four days.) before she would get near them, but now most of my evenings are spent like this:

So a year ago, we welcomed Scrappy Doo and Snoop Dogg to our home, and they have just been adorable little bundles of love and joy ever since.

We could not love these dogs more. (Seriously. You should hear my significant other baby talk the boys. It’s just so damn cute.)

Even when they’re doing things like scouring the backyard for rabbit poop to eat. Or on said search finding and eating half of a dead giant grasshopper’s body (the ass end, in case you were curious) only to later throw up partially digested bits of grasshopper ass on the carpet (under a chair, even, because in the middle of the tile floor in the kitchen wouldn’t have been any fun).

The neighbors are probably a little sick of hearing us exclaim, “Oh my God, you’re so cute!” over and over again, but they’re just going to have to adjust. Some things can’t be helped.

Because they’re just that cute.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Here now, for your viewing pleasure, are a few of my favorite snapshots from our first year together.

Scrappy Doo, in desperate need of a haircut
Snoop Dogg at the dog beach
Scrappy Doo, hard at work
Snoop Dogg, practicing his favorite yoga pose, downward sleeping dog
Dogs are my co-authors

Even though it’s only been a year, it feels like they have been a part of our family forever. I don’t know what the next year will bring, but I can’t wait to find out what adventures we’ll have.

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20 Commentsto Dogs Are A Girl’s Best Friend

  1. Love the first pic of everyone!

    And downward sleeping dog is a yoga pose I can do, only it’s not nearly as cute when I’m sleeping, flopped over a pillow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kate says:

    They are so cute! And the cat seems very comfortable with them too. I somehow doubt my cats would be so tolerant… They don’t even like other cats, let alone dogs.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      The cat doesn’t like other cats at all. Not even a little bit. I think the dogs were accepted so quickly because they didn’t have any interest in chasing her.

  3. They are adorable! So glad they get along with your old cat. (And that is old!) Didn’t need to know about the grasshopper’s butt though…

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I’m so glad they get along, too. I would have been devastated if we couldn’t have made it work.

  4. J E Oneil says:

    You are the best with names XD

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      Low Fat Cat was formally known as Fat Cat, but she lost a bunch of weight, so I had to change her name.

      Scrappy Doo is the living embodiment of cartoon Scrappy Doo. And Snoop Dogg’s just so cool, there was no other name for him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. marcy says:

    Dogs are totally the best. I love mine sooo much and tell him so all the time and kiss his head and…yeah, you get the idea. Sven and Kitten get the same treatment.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I do that to the dogs all the time. The cat, however, prefers that I not do that. She just wants me to give her treats and let her sleep in my lap.

  6. Liz A. says:

    Staying dog-free is not something that lasts. Just when you think you’re done, another one appears and you just have to relent.

  7. Awww. They are cute. I want to cuddle them.

  8. Jemi Fraser says:

    So cute!!!
    Glad they all get along!

  9. Pets are so rewarding. Glad you couldn’t resist those pups and that Fat Cat allowed them to stay.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I’m so glad, too. ‘Allowed them to stay’ is a good way to put it. I’m sure that’s how the cat thinks of it, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. So adorable! My husband asked if we should get another dog (we have one) but I said no. My dog doesn’t play well with others, and we had to rehome his brother with my best friend after the two got in a fight and I acquired a new bite-shaped scar on my forearm. I do love having my dog around though. Just don’t think I can handle more than him.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      Introducing new animals to a household can be such a delicate situation. I’ve known many dogs (and cats) who are just better off and happier being the only fur baby in the house. Low Fat Cat was cool with these two because they didn’t have any interest in chasing her…and they occasionally let her use them for warmth.