Photo courtesy of Monica zumFelde.

Greg Lorie and Monica zumFelde prefer catching fish to caring for them. Instead, their pet cat, Maxie, and blue heeler, Vegas, are a natural fit in the fishing household. The Lakewood couple adopted the 12-year-old dog during a fishing trip, and she still travels with them every year when they catch trout in northern Arkansas.

“I would love to call her a city dog, but her heart is in the country,” zumFelde says. “She inspects our catches when we fish.”

With paws like paddles, Vegas loves the water — and so does Maxie, their 2-year-old cat. She rolls around in the wet bathtub after her owners shower, and she carries her toy fish to the toilet or water bowl, as if to set them free. The stuffed trout meant for Vegas were a hit with Maxie, and she takes them everywhere, even to sleep.

“If Vegas ever passes,” zumFelde says, “we’ll have to take Maxie on the fishing trips.” 

Photo courtesy of Monica zumFelde.

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