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“This book is laugh-out-loud funny…”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette                              
 
Isn't this a festive title for a holiday book? With tongue firmly planted in cheek, this little picture book has captions to describe what some pets are really thinking. A Multipoo in a dress, wearing chic sunglasses, notes, "She dresses me 'cause it's cheaper than having me spayed." There's a bunny dressed as a skunk with the caption, "Is this your not-so-subtle way of telling me I stink?" A cat in a graduation cap opines, "A college degree in this economy? I might as well slit my wrists."
Hartford Courant

More than 150 photos of dogs and cats in costumes taken by "people [who] love their pets a little too much." The author, an authority on Bigfoot for Weekly World News, has captioned each. A longhair mutt dressed in red polka-dotted booties and a gingham wrap complains: "You idiot. You've got me dressed as a Charlotte when everyone knows I'm a total Carrie." A shamefaced Yorkie in a tutu demands to know: "So where is this 'Swan Lake,' and is it deep enough to drown in?" A furry-faced puppy, posed on a tricycle with a bow plastered on its forehead, says: "I can't wait to ride it. Where's the nearest busy intersection?" Really, this one is too cute for words.
—NY Daily News


Praise for the website:
The site posts pictures of domestic animals being made to do things by humans they really, really shouldn't, like getting carted around in a backpack-style contraption, being dressed up as "Woofgang Pup" complete with foofy chef hat and blinged-out shades, or nuzzling up to Kurt Russell's chest.
NBC.com

Featuring miserable-looking pets wearing fake reindeer antlers... snapshots of bulldogs in bunny costumes and cats wearing wigs

—New York Times

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"The captions are what really make the blog successful. I actually had to close the browser for fear that I would start laughing too loudly in my otherwise quiet office building."

—Phillyburbs.com

About the Author

DUNCAN BIRMINGHAM has worked as a teacher, a newspaper reporter, and a Big Foot expert for The Weekly World News. He writes for film and TV in Los Angeles. For the record, he loves a good cat wedding.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307589889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307589880
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By OrchidSlayer VINE VOICE on January 7, 2010
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I saw this book at a local bookstore and laughed so hard I had to buy a copy for myself. Now I am ordering copies for friends, whom I dearly hope will realize how they are humiliating their dogs with stupid sweaters. Funny pictures with really funny captions. Oh, and one poignant caption "In some countries I'd be dinner. Here I eat organic and have my own Twitter account. God Bless America". Well worth 1/2" on my overcrowded bookshelves. I love it.
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The pug "hot dogs" are amazing! I'd love to see a snapshot of the owner that inspired that. The book is not only hysterical, but also adorable. The perfect present for any animal admirer!
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I purchased this as a gift for Christmas but when it came saw that there were a couple of "adult" language choices. I wish I'd known as it wasn't appropriate for the person I was buying it for. I did have someone else on my list who would appreciate it though so I did a quick switch. I wish the description had mentioned the words. They weren't horrible, they just wouldn't be appropriate for the specific individual I had picked it out for.
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I ordered this with the thought, hey, this looks like it might be cute and funny. To some degree it was, but to a fair extent it wasn't. I'd say a little more than half, perhaps 60, 65% fit into the former category; unfortunately, the rest did not. Several of the captions didn't seem to fit the photos very well, others were a little corny or cheesy. But what brought me to rate it a 2 rather than a 3 was the repetition of the f-word, or some derivative there of, on several pages. Had I realized the author used such crude language, I probably wouldn't have bothered purchasing the book.
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I really enjoyed most of the pictures and captions in this book! A WORD of CAUTION however if buying for someone not in their teens or twenties - there are a number of rather lewd jokes, sexual references, 2 f-bombs, a couple s-bombs and numerous a** jokes. I didn't realize this would be the case - so I had to do some careful editing with an x-acto knife as the jokes weren't quite appropriate for ME to be giving to my mother!
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When I bought this book I did so with the idea it would be a good gift for an animal lover I know.
When I received it and read it, I changed my mind. It's just not that funny and I kept it myself to
put in a garage sale.
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I had to have the book after checking out the hilarious website. As a pet owner guilty of dressing my dog like an idiot on occasion, I loved the "cheeky" commentary that goes along with each picture.
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this silly little book makes me LOL whenever i pick it up and browse through it. the seemingly facile jokey captions are actually sort of brilliant, i think. this is a great gift book for pet lovers, i think. and even people without pets (i don't have pets. but my brother is a pet lover, so i bought it for him). it's the sort of book you might find at urban outfitters when you're looking for something fun to buy someone. only it's better than most of the crap there.
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