furry office companions: d*s team pets

by Grace Bonney

Lately I’ve been thinking about the things we surround ourselves with at home other than furniture and accessories. Food, music, flowers — they all play a big part in creating a space that feels like “home.” And today I wanted to take a quick look at another aspect of our home lives: furry friends.

One of the first things my book editor said to me after reviewing the first pass of the D*S Book was, “Wow, there are a lot of cats in this book.” And she was right. I’ve always admitted to being about two cats shy of “crazy cat lady” status, and whenever I chat with other D*S team members, I realize I’m not alone. Whether we’re writing our posts from a studio, an office or the couch at home, almost all of us have pets that keep us company. I started thinking about how these little (and not so little) guys give so many of us that feeling of “home.” So I thought it would be fun to share a glimpse into not only our team members’ lives but also their pets’.

Image above: Paige from Around the World with Bash and her dog Milly.

Image above: Emily from Beyond the Big Day with her gorgeous (and huge) dog Judah.

Whether sitting on our desks, stepping on our laptop keys or keeping stacks of paper warm, these are the team members that make late-night blogging less stressful and keep us calm when WordPress accidentally deletes a long post.

So many of you share our love of animals, so if you have a special pet who keeps you company while you work, we’d love to see them! Feel free to link to your Facebook, Twitpic, Yfrog, blog or Flickr accounts in the comments below. It’s always fun to see who’s keeping the blogging community company when it can feel like just us and a laptop. xo, grace

CLICK HERE to see all 20+ team pets and share your own after the jump!

Living In editor Amy Merrick caught her cat Bertie in the middle of a statuesque moment.

Wherever these cats are, we’re home. AC’s cat (Ms. Jackson) and mine (Turk). We combined them when we moved in together years ago, but they still seem to stick pretty fiercely to their “original” owner.

D*S City Guide and Biz Ladies editor Stephanie and her dog Harvey.

Small Measures editor Ashley English and one of her many chickens.

Flowers A to Z editor Sarah Brysk Cohen’s dogs Ruby and Molly.

When she’s not conducting interviews for What’s in Your Toolbox, Ginny Branch Stelling is spending time with her beagles Harold and Maude.

Simply Color editor Lauren Willhite has a cat named Lunchbox. One of the best/funniest cat names I’ve ever heard.

Sewing 101 editor Brett Bara has a beautiful cat who goes by Kitty or Miss Kitty.

Before & After Basics editor Barb Blair adopted her beautiful dog Lizzie.

Sneak Peeks editor Anne may not have a “real pet,” but she’s had this funny little gnome for over seven years. She adopted him in Paris years ago, and now he accompanies her on trips (he’s been everywhere from Baltimore to Cameroon) and watches her work during the day. (Photos by Meg Gagnard)

Managing Editor Amy Azzarito has what I call “Supermodel Cats.” They’re skinny, beautiful and incredibly well behaved. Her Russian Blues are named Loki and Freya.

In the Kitchen With editor Kristina Gill has several pets in her Rome, Italy, home. Though her beloved border terrier Crash! recently passed away, she still snuggles with Zizou and a fuzzy cat named Moonboot.

Senior DIY and Before & After editor Kate Pruitt has a constant crafting companion, a cat named JFK.

Our copyediting queen Erica has a friendly office companion named Nona.

Kelly from Bash Co. Events (and Around the World with Bash) has an adorable dog named Pickle. Such a perfect name for this little one.

D*S Sneak Peek intern Shannon and her cats Frida and Julie.

D*S Sneak Peek intern Dominique and her pup Kaya.

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