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Tag: People who look like their pets (1-3 of 3)

'Hot Guys and Baby Animals': See studly/adorable photos!

Hot guys and baby animals are both great, but something magical happens when you put them together. This winning combination — why didn’t I think of it? — dreamed up by Audrey Khuner and Carolyn Newman, has already inspired a calendar, and now it’s becoming a worldwide brand. Treat your eyes to eight photos from the new book, available now, (a percentage of proceeds goes to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and tell us your favorite pairing! And help us answer the age-old question: What’s cuter, hot guys or baby animals? Click through to see photos: READ FULL STORY

'Awkward Family Pet Photos': See 10 pictures!


If your pets are members of the family, shouldn’t they be embarrassed with the rest of you? Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, the authors of the New York Times bestselling Awkward Family Photos, bring you Awkward Family Pet Photos (now available). In turns cute, hideous, funny, and always uncomfortable, these real portraits feature families and the pets they love — sometimes too much. That love for pets leads people to do odd things; throw a camera in the mix, and you have instant cringe-worthy memories. I suspect many of these photos were paid for and shot in the 80’s, and as we all know, professionally staged photos from the 80’s are the best kind, especially when they include surly animals. Check out these awkward photos and let us know your favorites! READ FULL STORY

Famous authors and their possible pets

T.S. Eliot was a big fan of cats, and Charles Dickens kept a beloved raven named Grip which he had taxidermied upon its death, so literary pet-owners are nothing new. However, a very clever someone over at AbeBooks’ blog put together a hilarious look at some possible pairings of author and animal that exemplify the commonly held belief (even by psychologists) that pets resemble their owners and vice versa. My personal favorite juxtaposition of the bunch is the white-maned and -bearded Walt Whitman with an Old English Sheepdog.

We liked this idea so much that we put together a couple of our own. Some pairings that I hoped for didn’t pan out. George Orwell’s face does not possess the porcine properties that would allow one to look from pig to man, and from man to pig, unable to say which is which. Jack London’s clean-shaven good looks aren’t particularly dog-like. But while Virginia Woolf’s features don’t evoke an actual wolf, she does uncannily resemble a greyhound, as you can see below. Next to them is the wall-eyed existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre and his equally erudite (you can tell by the glasses) pug.

What do you think, Shelf Lifers? Any other author/pet pairings you can think of? John Updike’s rabbit? Stephen King’s zombie cat? Sound off below!

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