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

By Monica Bielanko |

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If there is one thing that has become abundantly clear to me after more than two hours perusing, 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 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.

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

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.

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

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About Monica Bielanko


Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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

  1. kacy says:

    these people are seriously scary

  2. Manjari says:

    People shouldn’t keep monkeys as pets, ever…or dye their dogs blue…or pose naked with their pets.

  3. Kristin says:

    People are crazy! Somebody call the ASPCA! What is with those boxers? Creeeeeeepy!

  4. gina says:

    I would wager that more than half of these people either currently live, have lived, or plan to live in the vicinity of New Port Richey, Florida…Just a hunch.

  5. Shauna (Fido & Wino) says:

    It makes me sad that people are keeping monkeys as pets… but the rest of these shots really made me laugh :)

  6. Hanni says:

    omfg…hilarious…and somewhat creepy.

  7. gina says:

    The one with the black cat reminds me of a young Will Ferrell and the Parrot with the bayonet toting woman bears a striking resemblance to Del Griffith ( John Candy). The key to keeping Christmas simple is to buy one of these for everyone on your list and be done with it.

  8. gina says:

    i happened to see some of these as greeting cards at Target.

  9. Kathryn says:

    I think the awkward man and the poodle pic is really sweet…

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