From how Lala Kent's dogs are adjusting to life with a baby to the amazing changes Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix have seen from their rescue pup, the SURvers have lots to share.
The last year has been unprecedented, to say the least, but there’s definitely one group that’s absolutely thriving. As Vanderpump Rules cast member Tom Schwartz pointed out in an interview with Bravo Insider, “I’ll tell you who had the best year of their lives: our dogs.” And furry friends are in luck, because things are about to get even better when Vanderpump Dogs, a series centered on Lisa Vanderpump’s fabulous dog rescue, hits Peacock on June 9. To celebrate the new show, Bravo Insider chatted with a few of the Vanderpump Rules cast members who identify as dog people to let them gush about their four-legged best friends.
Katie Maloney-Schwartz and Tom Schwartz have always loved spending time with their dogs, Butter and Gordo VonFriendenheimer , but were able to bond with them like never before in 2020 and 2021. “We spend so much great time together. Maybe they have a little bit of attachment issues after this past year,” Schwartz explained over the phone as Butter barked along, too. “Not to mention, gourmet dinner and snacks everyday. 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.”
James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss also agree that getting to spend more time with their mini golden doodle, Graham Cracker, has been a major silver lining.
“Life with Graham is amazing! He’s the best dog on the planet,” shared James. “He’s my best friend. I love him more than anything. He’s so smart and playful and just like, the best. He’s the best. He’s the first dog I’ve ever had in my life. Growing up I was never allowed dogs. My parents moved around so much and I just remember my dad being like, ‘No. You’re not getting a dog,’ my whole life. So getting Graham was just like the best thing ever. I couldn’t imagine going through quarantine or this entire thing without him. We definitely are a trio unit fam.”
The couple hopes to add more pets to the “fam” in the future, down the line when they have a bigger home with a garden, but in the meantime, Graham appears to be perfectly content snuggling with his people, and getting pampered at Vanderpump Dogs.
Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval have dogs Charlotte York and Maya (who they rescued last year), plus a cat named Kitty. “I don’t know if you remember Homeward Bound,” Ariana said, “But they’re like my Shadow, Chance and Sassy. They definitely have a little bit of that dynamic. And it’s really cute to just see how they’ve come together as a pack and a family in the last year.”
Ariana previously explained that Maya was “terrified of Tom,” but when the couple talked to Bravo Insider recently, she had a heart-warming update to share. “We’re every day, I think more and more impressed by her. She is such a quick learner and she’s the sweetest.”
Lala Kent’s dogs have also had quite the year, but for a completely different reason. With the addition of Lala’s first child, Ocean Kent Emmett, the pups have had to adjust to life with a baby in the house.
“When I first came home, my dog Lilly wouldn’t even look me in the eyes. And it was really, really sad,” explained Lala. “Now, [the dogs] are very protective. They definitely are bigger barkers than they used to be… It’s actually really cute. At first I was like, ‘I’m a little scared,’ because I’ve never seen Lilly bark this much, but now…I’m like, ‘Oh, she’s protecting our little angel,’ and I’m really into it.”
Vanderpump Dogs also has a special place in Lala’s heart, and not just because she’s logged plenty of hours at the facility as a volunteer. “I take my dogs to get groomed there literally once a week, and they do the Vanderpuff on my little poodle mix,” Lala explained, referring to a luxurious grooming service at Vanderpump Dogs. “I take her to the Grove every time she gets groomed because she feels so cute. It’s the cutest thing you’ll ever see. The way that she prances and has a pep in her step. I take her so that she can show off. Vanderpump dogs, I’ll forever be grateful for, because this poodle used to be a sad little dog and now once she gets Vanderpuffed, she is like, digging herself, feeling herself hard."
Watch Vanderpump Dogs streaming June 9 only on Peacock.