"I am a self-confessed 'crazy cat lady', so naturally I always hoped I would end up with someone who shared my appreciation," Richards told The Dodo. "Tom grew up with and always liked cats, but like a lot of guys, I think he was a bit more of a dog person at heart. I think Smokky definitely changed that, however."
In the beginning, Smokky used to act all shy and hide whenever Tom came over, unsure of if she could trust him or not. She just wanted what was best for her mom, after all. When the couple decided to move in together, though, Smokky had to make a decision about Tom once and for all - and lucky for Tom, Smokky decided he could stay.