When Thomas Tomasco met his future girlfriend Kira, it was literally love at first sight. Sipping an Americano and studying for his Calculus final at a local coffee spot, he spied the nursing student hanging out with her sisters outside.

“They were sitting at a table in the patio area, just laughing and having a good time,” Thomas remembered. “I could see them through the glass window, but because it was afternoon, they couldn’t see me. So I just enjoyed her beauty from afar.”

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Eventually, his curiosity got the better of him and he reluctantly made his way outside to approach the girls.

“I was kinda being a stalker, I’ll admit it,” Thomas said. “But I just went right up to her and introduced myself. I asked her if she would like to get something to eat sometime. Surprisingly, she said ‘yes.'”

The college students were pretty much inseparable after that initial date. They studied together, played soccer on the weekends, and bicycled the Austin, Texas bike paths in their free evening hours.

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But there was just one problem. Thomas already had a girl living with him: his rescue mixed-breed Stacy.

“And let me tell you, Stacy didn’t like Kira,” Thomas said. “And Kira did not like Stacy. It was like that from the very beginning.”

For the first year, the couple still maintained separate residences and so the girls only had a chance to get on each other’s nerves infrequently. When Thomas would bring the feisty dog along on their outdoor adventures, Kira would object, but both the girlfriend and the dog would make an effort to tolerate each other.

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“It was like they had a little truce,” said Thomas. “But it didn’t last for long, eventually it became a war.”