11/03/2011 08:51 am ET | Updated Jan 03, 2012

Awkward Family Pet Photos (PHOTOS)

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 fact, we're the awkward ones. We adore our pets, but let's face it--sometimes L-O-V-E makes us go a little overboard. Like giving them middle names, throwing them elaborate birthday parties and making them a Christmas sweater to match with the rest of the family. Truth is, what they cherish most is our companionship. And maybe that's the reason we care about them so much--because for such simple pleasures, they allow us to be as awkward as we want.

We are proud to present photos from our new book, Awkward Family Pet Photos, out in stores today and available online by clicking here.

With Love,

Awkward Family Pet Photos 2012