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Tom Schwartz Reveals How He and Katie Maloney Are Co-Parenting Their Dogs

The Vanderpump Rules cast member said he and his ex-wife have established a "good flow" when caring for their four-legged babies.

By Joshua Espinoza
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Tom Schwartz says he and Katie Maloney are in a “good place” as they continue to co-parent their babies — their fur babies, that is. 

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The Vanderpump Rules cast member addressed the topic during a premiere event for Vanderpump Rules Season 11, which will shed more light on his and Katie's post-divorce dynamic. Tom confirmed he and his ex-wife have maintained joint custody of their dogs, Butter and Gordo, but admits the arrangement hasn’t always been easy.

“[It] can get ugly,” he told People magazine.

Although he didn’t provide details on the co-parenting issues, Tom insisted he and Katie have established “a great balance” for the most part.

“I feel like we’ve been through some rough moments in our post-divorce relationship,” he explained. “I feel like we always handle it with decorum… And I’m so happy.”

Tom Schwartz reflects on his relationship with his dogs, Butter and Gordo

Split image of Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney

Tom opened up about his furry friends in a 2021 interview with, saying he became much closer to the dogs during the lockdowns.

“We spend so much great time together. Maybe they have a little bit of attachment issues after this past year,” he said. “Not to mention, gourmet dinner and snacks every day. They were our companions, though, you know, when things were at their worst. They were always there for us. They brought us a lot of joy this year. But definitely some attachment issues.” 

How Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney's dogs affected their split

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Tom and Katie called it quits in early 2022, nearly three years after they got married. In the midst of their divorce proceedings, Tom took to Instagram to share a quick update on Butter and Gordo, whom he described as “children of divorce.” 

Katie touched on the matter in the Vanderpump Rules Season 10 premiere, saying Butter and Gordo played a big role in her and Tom maintaining a cordial relationship. 

A series of images of Katie Maloney with her dogs.

“We’re not best friends, we’re not super close, but we’re trying to find that sort of sweet spot,” she said. “Because we have dogs and a lot of love for one another and I just feel like he’s still such a huge part of my life and just kind of not having him in my life just feels so weird.”

Tom Schwartz says he's considering leaving California

There’s no doubt that Tom and Katie’s proximity has made co-parenting much easier, as they both reside in Southern California; however, Tom said he knows there may be a time when the joint custody agreement ends once he or Katie decides to move.

“I think I maybe got five — I think I got 10 years left in me, tops,” he said about staying in the Los Angeles area. “I’m thinking I wanna go live with some goats up in the mountains. Colorado, maybe Wyoming.”

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