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All American Pet Photo Day and What to do With Your Photos Afterwards

by Dee Young November 17, 2022 4 min read

All American Pet Photo Day and What to do With Your Photos Afterwards

What to do With Your “All American Pet Photo Day” Pictures

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Animals are arguably man’s best friends. Who doesn’t love their fuzzy hugs, sloppy kisses, or perfectly-timed snuggles when you’re feeling blue. Animals just seem to bring out the best in people.

Chihuahuas posing together in hoodies

All American Pet Photo Day, held on July 11 every year, is a day dedicated to these lovable furballs who make life better every single day with their hilarious innocent antics. On July 11, pets all around the nation get to enjoy the limelight. People upload photos of their pets on social media. Photos can be seen of pets dressed up, being goofy, eating treats, lounging with their owner, etc. So join in on the fun and photograph your fur babies for the world to see.

*Note - While taking photos, remember to keep your pet safe and comfortable. Don’t let your pet become overheated or over-anxious. If your pet is stressed, they may not take good photos. Listen to your pet’s temperament, toss out the costumes, and accept the blurred selfie.

If photographs are not your scene, you can also honor pets in your own way. Maybe you’d like to take your pet to the beach, feed them a dog cake, or maybe just play your pet's favorite game. Just take a little bit of time out of your day to spend with your pet, and let them know they are appreciated and loved. Pets don’t live forever, but their memory in your heart does. Cherish the moments you can share.

Turtles on top of each other

Different Ways To Use Your Photos

What good are photos if they just stay stored on a USB or computer? Print those puppies out and let them tug those smiles from your heart every time you see them.

  • Post The Photos Online using #AllAmericanPetPhotoDay. Then enjoy looking at other people’s pet photos as well! It's sure to bring a smile to your face and spread the love of animals.
  • Maybe publishing them online isn’t your thing. You could privately share photos with friends and family. You could create a shared album on Google Photos. All you have to do is add all of the photos to the album, and then invite your entire family to view them via an email link. From there, they can like or comment on each picture. There are also plenty of apps dedicated to private photo sharing like Tinybeans, FamilyAlbum, and 23snaps.

Kitty with wild flowers

  • Frame the Photos. You can choose your favorites to print and frame. Then hang them up on the wall or above your pet’s bed. If you are digging through your photos and find pictures of dearly departed pets, then consider framing them in one of these customizable memorial picture frames
  • Create A Collage. If you have too many photos to pick just a few favorites, then consider creating a collage. You could print out all your photos and glue them onto a giant canvas or pin them to a cork board. There are different online collage makers which you print from, like PhotoCollage, Canva, or BeFunky.
  • Scrapbook Them - Consider filling a scrapbook with your most adorable pet photos.  Again, if you have old photos of a beloved former pet, then consider these memorial scrapbooks.

LifeSong Pet Memorials Pet Scrapbook

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  • Print the image on a blanket.This is a functional way to display your picture. Some blankets include a quote like this blanket. It reads, “This home is filled with kisses, wagging tails, wet noses, and love.”

Pet Memorial Blanket

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    • Print their image on a pillow or pillowcase. Maybe your pet could have a pillow of himself to go with his dog bed. Check out these pillowcases. This pillowcase below reads, “A memory is a beautiful joy that lives forever in your heart.”
    LifeSong Pet Memorials Pillow Case
    • Turn the photos into magnets - Laminate printed photos and stick magnets on the back to create multifunctional fridge magnets. 
    • Add photos to your clothes or piece of cloth using a laser-copied photograph, a gel medium, and a paintbrush. You can do this DIY relatively easily. First, heavily cover your image with gel medium and then press it face down onto a piece of fabric. Let it dry overnight. Once it’s dry, wet the top of the paper and rub it until the paper comes off in pieces. Keep gently rubbing until the paper is removed and the image is revealed. Be careful not to rub too hard as this can remove your image. You can then paint another coat of gel medium on your image to seal it. You will have to hand wash your clothing item as a washing machine may destroy your image.

    Transfer image to fabric

    Photo via Craftsy.com

    • Create a photograph table runner. Glue together the ends of black and white copies of your favorite pictures. This makes a unique and stunning decoration for the holidays or dinner parties.

    Photo table runner

    Photo via ElisabethMcKnight.com


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