This post is for everyone in the last year who has shown me an iPhone photo of their dog and said, “My dog is cuter when he’s not [fill in the blank].” And it’s for those people who ask why the heck I would choose to work with pets over people (answer: I really love animals). And I guess it’s for those people who say, “Great pictures. You must have a really nice camera! My photos never turn out like that”

Nice camera or not, even the best intentions and preparation can result in some pretty disastrous–but funny–photos. Here are a few of my favorite photos that will never make it over the mantel.

I don’t always run. But when I do, I slap my eye with my mouth.

Saint Bernard slapping itself in the face with its own jowls

 Boxer clothesline.

boxer dogs boxing

Boxer butts. I could fill a whole album with photos like these. Someday I will.

boxer butts

Look mom! That dog likes crayons!

mom, that dog has a red crayon!

Cleanup in Aisle German Shepherd.

 Hey dad, sorry about that. I thought you had something on your teeth. It was just…your teeth. My bad.

You want a grumpy pup? I’ll show you a grumpy pup. 

grumpy chihuahua

 Do you have an awkward pet photo to share? Post your best ones to www.facebook.com/grumpypups – I’d love to see them!

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Springer spaniels in a field of Michigan wildflowers

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