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Dog Book Review and Giveaway: Awkward Family Pet Photos

Who can resist a book review pitch with the headline, “Share the Awkwardness”? Not me, clearly. Here, then, is our book review of Awkward Family Pet Photos from Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, the New York Times best-selling authors of Awkward Family Photos. Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of the book. It’s a perfect gag item for upcoming holiday gift exchanges.

best dog blog, champion of my heart, border collie with copy of awkward family pet photosDog Book Review: Awkward Family Pet Photos

Awkward Family Pet Photos is funny. Not quite as funny as I’d expected, but still funny — often in a cringe-worthy way. Some of the awkward family pet photos, especially where the people are naked, cross all kinds of thresholds for me. Seriously? Ick.

We’re not just talking dogs and cats, either. The book includes photos of people with their treasured family pets, including:

  • Goats
  • Pigs
  • Alligators
  • Snakes
  • Sugar gliders
  • Equine friends
  • Birds / poultry
  • Leopards
  • Primates

In many cases (I’d argue most cases), the photos come from the 1970s and 1980s. The clothes, hairstyles, glasses, and general milieu give it away.

That dated the book for me, even though it just came out. Plus, I know there are a slew of “crazy pet people” taking and posting far more photos today. To balance my humbuggery, I had an impartial third party (Tom) browse the photos and pass judgement on Awkward Family Pet Photos:

  • He laughed so hard he could not breathe at times.
  • He shook in his chair with barely contained guffaws.
  • He stomped his feet and covered his face in mock horror.

Dog Book Giveaway: Awkward Family Pet Photos

Wouldn’t you love to give the gift of giggles to someone this holiday season? Here is your chance to win a copy of Awkward Family Pet Photos (provided to me for FREE from the publisher)!

Truly, this book is PERFECT for holiday gift exchanges among friends and colleagues.

How to Play Along

(1) Ask 5 of your friends to LIKE our Champion of My Heart Facebook fan page.

(2) Once they LIKE our page, have each person post a note to our FB wall, telling us you sent them. That’s how we’ll know how many fans you’ve helped us get.

(3) The deadline is midnight (mountain time) Sunday, November 13, 2011.

How the Winner Will be Chosen

To pick a winner, we’ll do a random drawing of entries defined as follows:

1 entry = Get 5 new LIKEs + Facebook wall post

We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook fan page Monday, November 14, 2011, including details on how to contact us with the proper mailing address so that we can ship out the book prize before holiday party season begins.

Good luck and good giggles!



Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

MyKidsEatSquid - November 10, 2011

Oh, I can think of so many people on my Xmas list that would love this. (Myself included)

Alisa Bowman - November 9, 2011

I just want to see the photos. What a great concept for a book.

Merr - November 8, 2011

That cover photo alone is too much!

Susan - November 8, 2011

What a great idea for a book! I’ve heard of the original book, but I didn’t know they did one for pets.

Jane Boursaw - November 8, 2011

It sounds ridiculously funny. And of course, I love the photo of Lilly with the book.

NoPotCooking - November 7, 2011

Oh dear. I could probably fill a book with the outtakes from our yearly family photos. We always take it with the dogs and it takes SO many takes to get anything usable.

Pamela - November 7, 2011

It sounds like Tom was the market for this book. How do you think they got his number?

    Roxanne Hawn - November 7, 2011

    Maybe it’s “boy humor.” You know, like in school … fart jokes and the like. I think the key for Tom, at least, were the cringe-worthy photos.

Kathleen Winn - November 7, 2011

Sent by my friend Kerri Campbell at Living Large in This Little House!

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