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“With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun” Vol. 1

This adorable manga chronicles the life of a manga artist and animal lover Hidekichi Matsumoto and her animals. Her dog, Inu, is an adorable fluff ball composed entirely of enthusiasm and sunshine, and her cat Neko is an equally cute but insidiously diabolical feline.

This book is pretty much what it sounds like, most panels depicting the trials and joys of a multi-pet household. It’s just so inherently joyful- a really laugh-out-loud read full of relatable moments for people who love animals. Some of the funniest panels are the ones which cast Neko, a domestic house cat, as a demonic creature hell-bent on emotional manipulation. Inu is primarily characterized as a sweet dumb baby, though both animals are written and drawn so lovingly, even when they are clearly actively impeding Matsumoto in daily tasks.

The art style is very distinct, and Matsumoto switches it up in a few places, which keeps the manga visually interesting and overall a pleasant reading experience. I do tend to have low expectations for books about my favorite topics, but this one blew me away! I laughed, I teared up, I flipped back to look at panels so I could enjoy them again. I cannot recommend With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun enough. Once you read one, you’ll be as ravenous as Neko.

With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun, volume 1 can be purchased wherever books are sold. You can support the artist by following her on twitter, where she posts this series.

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