Whenever Xmas comes around, the Internet is invaded by photos of the most adorable, smiling, perfect pets posing beautifully for the camera, all dressed up in absurd Xmas costumes, Santa hats, ornaments, bells, ribbons, and bows.
I think it’s absolutely normal to want to take adorable holiday photos of our pets. But let’s say that you’re having trouble getting your pet to sit still for the festive family portrait…No problem, just click onto one of the many websites giving out tips on how to get your pet to pose…
One of them advises to use treats and bribery (might work for dogs…), as well as using “props to create and tie themes together.” Well, duuuh. I’m using a bloody Santa hat, you guys…how much “proppier” can you get??? Aaah…so silly.
Okay, okay, forget about those stupid websites. Just take your own photos.
Every year, even though my past efforts have been mediocre at best, I stubbornly decide that my amazingly adorable cats have to do something cute and holiday-related for the camera. They just have to! This year, I reasoned, we have SEVEN cats, so one of them is bound to cooperate…I should be able to get at least ONE good photo, right?
Besides, I continued reasoning, if other humans can get their pets to be incredibly “holiday cute,” then so can I. And I can do it without treats or fancy props or Photoshop, which I don’t know how to use anyway. Hah!
Well, here are a few of the results of my efforts for Xmas 2014. Hehe, I know, I know…
Which is your favorite?
Mine has to be this last one, of Priscilla. I’d just woken her up from a nap, and she wasn’t all that pleased… If I hadn’t taken this photo myself, I’d have said it looks like a total fake. But it isn’t…and the hat is real (the same I used in all the photos), I swear!!!
At any rate, even if you don’t end up with the purrrrfect photo of your holiday pet or pets, the important thing is for all of us to have a wonderful holiday filled with joy and friendship and fun and, of course, yummy things to eat.
And so…Merry Xmas, everyone…pets included, of course!