Monday, October 31, 2011

"Awkward Family Pet Photos" Available Today In Book Stores, My Review!

I was lucky  to get an advance copy of "Awkward Family Pet Photos" to review. I am letting the pets speak for themselves and then my review of the book follows.

A new book is available today,November lst, that will steal the hearts of all animal lovers. “Awkward Family Pet Photos” is a must have book for anyone who loves their pets. It is mostly a book of outrageous photos of pets and their owners, mixed in with text and stories about some of the pet photos.

As a pet owner myself, my little darlings are dogs, I am as guilty as the next at dressing my dogs up for special occasions. My chihuahua wears a bunny suit at Easter, my female dogs pose in vintage hats, and my late German Shepherd looked fabulous in a fedora. I love taking photos of my dogs.

We take for granted that our pets love these antics as much as we do. This book proves that most likely they do. Every page is chock full of color photographs of all kinds of pets. We all think of dogs and cats in family photos, this book goes way beyond the normal family pet, to include some extremely unusual critters that just don’t come to mind when you say “pet”.  Yet each photo demonstrates the love of the owner for its special animal.

At first glance at this book, my head started to spin. There are so many photos it is overwhelming. This book is a bit kitschy with its brightly dazzling high gloss color images.  Each page is chock full of pictures so that you can’t just flip through the book and toss it aside as a pretty coffee table book. The more you look at the pages and photographs, the more you see and the more you laugh. I love that this book will take time to ingest. I have many animal books that I’ve looked at and put aside to browse through later. You can’t do that with “Awkward Family Pet Photos”, because you want to go back again and again to see what you’ve missed!

The chapters cover dogs, cats, birds, exotic pets, farm animals, family portraits, and holidays with pets. I was very captivated with some of the exotic photos, which included a couple who met while walking their sugar gliders, the woman with a opossum in her hair, and the family portrait with the snake intertwined around everyone’s head.

My favorite chapter, however, is the last on Awkward Pets, catching some animals in mighty strange positions! The sweetest in that category is the “bum sniffer” where the dog is sniffing a baby’s butt.

The humor in this book is as amazing as the photos. I went online to check the book out further, and one YouTube video had a young woman reading the book and laughing so hard she kept tripping from room to room as she flipped through the book. You will laugh your bum off too when you start reading this charming, funny look at life with animals.

Kudos to Mike Bender and Doug Chernack for coming up with a winner! The book is available today in bookstores. If you love animals you owe it to yourself to buy several copies of this book. You will want to keep yours and it will make the perfect holiday gift for your favorite pet lovers.

Check out their website for more funny awkward family pet photos!

Check out my previous post on my own Writer With Dogs pet photo contest. The winner will also receive a copy of "Awkward Family Pet Photos" as well.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Awkward Family Pet Photos" New Book By Hollywood Dog Lovers And Our Own Pet Photo Contest

Two Bits Of Doggie News! Photo Contest Time For Writer With Dogs Win $100 For Your Favorite Animal Shelter and A Soon To Be Released Book That Will Be A Must Have For Dog Lovers! Dog Contest Rules Follow After Book Info!

I just received an e-mail on a new book of dog photos that will be in stores November lst. The book is titled Awkward Family Pet Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack and features outrageous pet photos, including dogs, cats, birds, rats, horses, pigs, goats, and exotic pets such as reptiles, sugar gliders, ferrets, and monkeys. It is sure to shock and delight anyone who has ever shared that uniquely special relationship with a family pet. Check out their website. You can pre-order the book! Perfect for gift-giving with the holidays sneaking up on us.
Mike Bender is a professional screenwriter living in Los Angeles whose credits include Not Another Teen Movie and the MTV Movie Awards. He is also a regular contributor to Esquire. Mike’s dog, Din-Din, had final approval over his author photo.

Doug Chernack is a professional screenwriter and producer living in Los Angeles who has created and produced shows for E!, Fox Sports, and the Golf Channel. He has been known to take his fish, Porky, on walks around the block.

I will be sharing more on this great book with you soon!

Writer With Dogs Photo Contest

It has been been almost a year since I had a dog photo contest so I think it is time.

Send your dog photos to my e-mail address . Deadline for receiving photos is November 10. Winner will receive a $100 check made out to their favorite animal shelter. Have fun and raise money for a good cause! In submitting photos you agree I can post them on my blog and on Facebook. Photos will be posted on Facebook and everyone can vote for their favorite. I will share the link here to the photos as soon as they are up. There will be a week of voting and on November 18th the winner will be announced.

So here are the rules:
  • Send me one or two photos of your dog or dogs, include a short bio on them and what makes them special (they are all special, but sometimes there is a great 'tale' behind a dog that isn't always wagging). Please send in jpg format.
  • Include a short blurb about your local rescue group and a link to their site.
  • Be sure I have your contact information.
Remember to send to my e-mail address - Photos will also be posted on this blog as they come in! So keep checking back.

Buy a new dog photo book and enter a dog photo contest to win money for your favorite rescue good. Ahhh, life is good!