Book Review And Give-Away: “Awkward Family Pet Photos” By Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

“Awkward Family Pet Photos” c’mon, you know you have ’em!  There isn’t a pet in the world that hasn’t been subjected to a moment of “awkwardness” in front of the camera,  or in the world of blogs as we like to call it “the flashy box.”

My Mom and I were asked  if we would like a complimentary copy of Awkward Family Pet Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack to read and review.

Seeing as we have the most dysfunctional family on the planet Mom leaped at the chance!  Me? Not so much. I shivered and shook in fear that once Mom took a look at this book I was done for. All this book would do for my Mom is give her even MORE ideas, more ways to embarrass me.  I wanted NONE of it! I lost. The book arrived and of course Mom loved it!  You don’t have to wonder what I thought of it!

Take a gander at some of these photos. There is a certain dog breed (that shall remain nameless) that makes a prominent appearance in a few of these photos.

"Family Portrait"


Family Color Coordinates With The Sheltie

Want some more info about this book? Here you go, here is some info from the publisher:

“There are few things more rewarding than having a pet. They love us unconditionally, shower us with attention, and actually help us live longer. So, what can possibly be awkward about our animal BFFs? Well . . . nothing. In truth, we’re the awkward ones. We adore our pets and treat them like members of the family, but let’s face it—sometimes L-O-V-E makes us go a little overboard.”

"The Switch"

“Along with many never-before-seen photos, essays, and graphics, AWKWARD FAMILY PET PHOTOS features outrageous pet photos … including dogs, cats, birds, rats, horses, pigs, goats, and exotic pets such as reptiles, sugar gliders, ferrets, and monkeys.

I have certainly  taken my share of “Awkward Family Photos”:

I look thrilled don't I?


See my expression in that photo above?  It makes me feel good to see that I am not the only one who must humor my live-in paparazzi  by indulging their whims!

GIVE-AWAY: Trust me, this isn’t my idea, it’s my Mom’s. She thinks you will LOVE this book. She said with the Holidays approaching the photos in this book are the  perfect fodder to give her more ideas for more opportunities to humiliate and embarrass me. She said if this is left on the coffee table it is a sure-fire way to get that weird Uncle of yours who hovers silently in a corner to open up.

Pet lovers!  Have a first date and feeling shy? Whip out this baby, you’ll be talking and laughing in no time!

So… if you have a desire to torture your pet, just leave a comment.  Mom and I will pick ONE  victim winner (as chosen by  The DEADLINE to enter is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 at 11PM EASTERN. (Yep this is a “quickie” give-away!)  The winner  will be announced WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23. This way it will arrive in plenty of time for your holiday humiliation to begin.

If you feel so inclined,  you may also email my Mom any “Awkward Family Pet Photos” that YOU may have stashed at your house! Mom and I will be happy to publicly embarrass you by featuring them on a future Wordless Wednesday!  You can email them to Mom at cgittleman @ mi dot rr dot com.

Doggies, kitties, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, turtles, (you get the idea) by all means keep this book AWAY from whomever is behind the lens in your den! Ya got it? Tell them to BACK-AWAY-FROM-THIS-BOOK!!! If they don’t, I just might be seeing you in the next edition.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


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

Doug Chernack


Mike Bender

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.



By Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

A Three Rivers Press Paperback Original

 ISBN: 978-0-307-88812-9





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  1. Oh my this looks cute! Bullet and I want to win! He is a ham for the camera lol.

    • hi Colleen! It is cute!! I am sure that you and Bullet NEVER took any awkward photos!

      Good luck!! I am entering you!

      Barks and licks and love to you and Bullet, Dakota

  2. Hi Dakota,

    I have read about this book from another blogger friend’s blog about two weeks ago. This book sounds so interesting!

    I doubt whether I could find any awkward pictures of Eva as KK always deletes those he thinks ‘not qualified’ to be in the album. I will try to look for those which had escaped his close examination later.


    • Hi Priscilla, yep I know every blogger on the Planet has reviewed this book. Actually I had that sentence in the blog but removed it BOL. I am seeing this book EVERYWHERE!

      I doubt that Eva could take an “awkward” photo if she tried!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Awesome review, that looks like a great fun book. I am never awkward, Torrey on the other hand, spends half her life on her back begging for tummy rubs. I would to win the book.

    • Mary Hi! Thank you! I didn’t do too badly considering I am a dog, did I? BOL!

      Torrey sounds like my kitty brother, Cody. All you gotta do is say “show me your belly” and the carpet slut is all over it!

      Good luck! I will enter you!
      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. A great review as always Dakota,

    I feel your pain though buddy – the camera is going off non-stop here too – yep, I know I’m cute – yep, I know you can photograph evidence of my mischief – but sometimes you’d think Mum could just give the camera a rest?! It appears not!!

    I wish I had a Cody here to take some of the camera heat off me!!

    Wags to you buddy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy!

      I have a great idea! Since you are so infatuated with cats, I could ship Cody to you for a weekend! BOL!!!

      Actually, I would miss the gray lint ball…I wouldn’t let you keep him forever 🙂 But you sure could “borrow” him!

      Barks and licks and love Dakota, oh and thanks for the kind woofs about my review!

  5. What cute pictures of yous! Me would not think for a minute that any of your pictures would be in that book. (really). And my hairy slobbery sister agrees!

    • Hi Nellie! You know the first two Sheltie photos AREN’T me right? lol

      Ohhhh we have some BAD Photos! BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. We do not want a copy of this book around the house but Jan really wants a copy and she’s bribing us to say this – We’d love to enter the giveaway.

    • Hi Jan! Ohhhh I understand you betcha!!!

      I will enter you (but ONLY cause Jan wants one!) BOL!

      Good luck!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. I love a good laugh, especially when it has to do with pets. I don’t think my kids are worried about the book being a bad influence, though. Me and my flashy bulb box couldn’t possibly get any worse.

    • Cynthia so do we! My mom said she agrees with you 100%! Even if she hadn’t read the book she would still be going around clicking like a fiend! BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. Looks like a lot of laughs. I’m sure Cody and I will get a kick out of it.

  9. It is quite funny! Mom REALLY enjoyed the photo that you just sent! BOL! Thank you!

    Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. Fun book!! we want the book Dakota 🙂
    You know how torturous our mommy is….I want to see other animals suffer because of their Mommy and daddy….to have a feeling of company…if you know what I mean 😉

    • Hi Kroten! It is! Ok I am entering you! Ohhhh yes I know your Mommy drives you nuts with the camera! LOL!! You will enjoy the book should you be the winner! Good Luck!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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