Any animal lover knows that the bond between pet and owner is sacred. But sometimes that special relationship strays from cute and appealing to more uncomfortable territory - as these photos show. The classic snaps feature in a new book aptly titled Awkward Family Pet Photos. Out on 27 October, it's by turn a hilarious and worrying testimony to the cherished companionship shared by people with their pets - and the lengths some of us will go to highlight this (matching sweaters, anyone?). Enjoy and prepare to be slightly disturbed, as we bring you a few preview gems from the book, below - complete with cheesy smiles and obligatory eighties hairdos...
It's a Christmas dream come true for this sexy santa and her pink-frocked companion.
Two become three as the monkey forms the heart of this touching family shot.
One man and his chicken. Need we say more?
You can never have enough rabbits, as this earnest-looking trio can attest.
Din dins for baby and the dog.
The adults might be happy but this cat is probably cringing inside (his face says it all).
It's a thrilling space adventure for man, wife and the family pooch.
If this woman had any more monkeys we swear she'd morph into one.
Ah. Just like the Athena poster - except really not...
Is it just us, or does this baby look ever so slightly terrified of her giant companion?
Everyone say cheese.
Why just own dalamations when you can dress up as them too? Fun times.
Spot the odd one out.
A classic "we'll use it to humiliate you at your wedding 20 years on" shot.
Floyd didn't want to hurt their feelings - but he really would have preferred this season's Mulberry dog mac.
Now who's calling the shots, eh?
No wonder the poor dog looks nervous. We would do with Duracell bunny breathing down our necks.
One sofa, a hedgehog and a hat. Poignant.
Just another average snap for the album...
And the book that started it all...
See more cringeworthy animal shots in Awkward Family Pet Photos, out on 27 October.