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Awkward Family Pet Photos: The Book! (Including 25 Hall of Fame Images)

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If there is one thing that has become abundantly clear to me after more than two hours perusing AwkwardFamilyPetPhotos.com, it’s that a good 90% of the time it’s the “family” part of the equation that makes the photo awkward. The pets? Well, they’re just victims.

After creating AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com Mike Bender and Doug Chernack quickly realized the pet photos were fan favorites. So the guys created an entire site (and now, a book) dedicated to pets and the people who love them a little too much.

Just in time for the holiday season, the book is filled with never-before-seen photos, essays, and graphics. If you’ve ever read the captions below the photos on the site, you know those essays are bound to be hilarious. Purchase for a friend, relative, or just set this bad boy on your coffee table for hours of entertainment for you or anyone else who happens to stop by and get a gander at this gem.

To whet your appetite, I spent the last hour culling through hundreds of photos on the site and have whittled it down to the 30 images you’re about to see. I’m willing to wager there is more than one serial killer in the group below, but oh my lands, this was, perhaps, the funnest thing I’ve ever compiled for Babble, I kid you not. Do you know how hard it was to choose a mere 30? I laughed out loud at every single photo you’re about to see, and you will too, I promise.


  • Naked Family Photo 1 of 25
    Naked Family Photo
    I've tried and I can't imagine how the concept for this photo came about. Let's just say this couple really digs their cats.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Lazer Show 2 of 25
    Lazer Show
    Remember how I mentioned there may be a few serial killers in the bunch? Um, yeeeaaah.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Merry Christmas! 3 of 25
    Merry Christmas!
    This one should go on the holiday newsletter fo' sho!
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • So. Much. Awkward. 4 of 25
    So. Much. Awkward.
    The only thing that surprises me about this photo is that the dog isn't dressed in tiny human clothing.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Just Monkeying Around 5 of 25
    Just Monkeying Around
    And then the monkeys went crazy and killed this couple.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • The Horror. THE HORROR. 6 of 25
    The Horror. THE HORROR.
    There are no words.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • A Man That Really Gets Behind His Family 7 of 25
    A Man That Really Gets Behind His Family
    Interesting. Very interesting positioning choices on the part of the photographer.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Here Is My Skeleton 8 of 25
    Here Is My Skeleton
    Help me understand this photo, someone. ANYONE?
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Happy Family 9 of 25
    Happy Family
    The dog and the kid share clothing, it saves money.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • That’ll Do, Pig 10 of 25
    That'll Do, Pig
    As much as I want to think this photo is weird I can't help but love that pig.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • It’s Hard to Upstage A Black Cat 11 of 25
    It's Hard to Upstage A Black Cat
    Like I said, y'all. It's the human that's awkward, not the pet. *Cough* — serial killer — *cough.*
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Just a Fella and His Rooster 12 of 25
    Just a Fella and His Rooster
    Cock-a-doodle-do, bitches. Cock-a-doodle-do.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • World’s Best Dad 13 of 25
    World's Best Dad
    This poor dog is scream-whispering "Help me! Help me!" But it only comes out as whimpering.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • At First Glance, This Is a Typical Portrait of a Couple 14 of 25
    At First Glance, This Is a Typical Portrait of a Couple
    But look closer. And closer still.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Oh My Gourd 15 of 25
    Oh My Gourd
    There are so many awkward things in this photo. The wonderful pillow on the woman's right, for instance. And, oh yeah, hey! The giant vegetable in her lap!
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Lot of Stuff Going On Here 16 of 25
    Lot of Stuff Going On Here
    Tough call, but I think the dude's jacket is my favorite part of this photo shoot.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Homecoming 2010 17 of 25
    Homecoming 2010
    That's right girls! Hold the animals tight, now look off into the distance. NAILED IT.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Dad, Mom and Their Kids 18 of 25
    Dad, Mom and Their Kids
    The boy monkey is ticked off, y'all. You totally know this couple calls each other "mommy" and "daddy" around the monkeys.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Feeling Blue 19 of 25
    Feeling Blue
    Said the photographer: Trust me. Just dye your dog's hair blue, and leave the rest to me. This photo is going to be amazing.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • More Monkey 20 of 25
    More Monkey
    What's with all the monkey photos? Every Which Way But Loose must've just come out.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • The True Meaning of Christmas 21 of 25
    The True Meaning of Christmas
    Another pet trying to signal you for help with its eyes.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • A Photo with the ENTIRE Family 22 of 25
    A Photo with the ENTIRE Family
    Whose idea do you think it was to include the cats: his or hers?
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Proud Owner 23 of 25
    Proud Owner
    Remember that Christopher Guest film Best In Show?
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Happy Easter, Y’all! 24 of 25
    Happy Easter, Y'all!
    The cat looks terrified, and I can't say I blame it.
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.
  • Just a Fella and His Gal 25 of 25
    Just a Fella and His Gal
    The caption on the site with this photo said it best: "Even the boxer thought the boxers were overkill."
    Buy the new Awkward Family Pet Photos book here.

All photos used with permission from AwkwardFamilyPetPhotos.com where you can purchase the new book.

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