BJ Pet Calendar 2014: First Call for Photos

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On the “news that doesn’t suck” front, I am very pleased to announce that Beth S. has once again graciously volunteered to assemble this year’s Balloon Juice Pet Calendar. These were her specifications last year:

I’m looking for the highest resolution images possible. The photos themselves won’t be that large, but the largest and highest resolution images people can send the better. I have photoshop and can do some remediation on images as necessary.

Until Beth has a chance to set up a dedicated account, you can send your pics to me at (or click on my name under ‘Contact’ in the right-hand column). Don’t be shy, you know we don’t measure love by the ‘professionalism’ of your pics, or the ‘show quality’ of your companion animals!

Questions, comments, suggestions — leave a comment below.

Photo at the top by commentor Tony S.; link here for Twinkles’ story, if you missed it over the weekend.

35 replies
  1. 1
    Alison says:

    Yay! I need to take a good picture of my cat, although I only have my cell phone camera, so I hope it will be decent enough quality…

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    gogol's wife says:

    I’m enjoying this year’s October, with pets in Halloween costumes. Makes me smile every morning.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    I will see if I can get a pic of Flossie and Skeeter’s classic wrastling matches. They are both truly magnificent when they are wrastling. But then again there are also the times when they are snuggled up to each other on the bed, with Flossie draping her arm over Skeeter, lest he moves during the night and she doesn’t realize it. Flossie as we speak is eating the couch, I really need to get rid of that old thing but it is a sleeper-sofa and really heavy, I am hoping that she can tear it down to smaller parts that will fit in a trash bag.

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    Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader says:

    Anne Laurie, I’m sticking with the theme I suggested for this year’s calendar, Naked Commenters of Balloon Juice, and sending you the appropriate pictures.

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    Gex says:

    Yay! I truly look forward to this. I’ve noticed that as I capture a good pic of the pets I always consider whether that picture will be my BJ calendar picture submission for the year. Can’t wait to look through them and pick out some for submission.

    ETA: @Alison: Phone cams can do a decent job if you have enough light. They get grainy fast as the light diminishes…

  6. 6
    Baud says:

    In honor of Cole, I propose that all the pictures be blurry.

  7. 7

    @Baud: Or that a pair of feet accompany every pet.

  8. 8
    Yatsuno says:

    @Baud: This.

    I meant to get a pic of Jack and Jill snoozing in the car today but got busy with other stuff. Border collies go like mad most of the time but then they pass out like nobody’s business.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader:
    If you actually do that, I want Anne Laurie to front-page the pictures.

  10. 10
    Gex says:

    @Amir Khalid: Maybe a “below the fold” option. Some of us read this at work, you know.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Gex: With warning signs. Lots of them.

  12. 12
    Anne Laurie says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader: Only if you’re holding your cat over the NSFW bits, sweetie!

  13. 13
    Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader says:

    @Anne Laurie: That sounds dangerous. Maybe I should get them declawed first.

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    Manyakitty says:

    How many can we send? What other information needs to accompany them?

  15. 15

    I want to submit this photo (I probably will) but I feel bad because I’m choosing ‘one’ of the kittehs when there are 4 of them.

    Also, if anyone is interested, I put up a dinner menu for the week – Cranberry Chicken, Lemon-Cheesy Cauliflower and Sundaes.

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    The Dangerman says:


    In honor of Cole, I propose that all the pictures be blurry.

    Fine idea, but maybe we should highlight a few important days next year; for example”

    1) Cole’s birthday (come on, some knows it)

    2) August 2nd (National Mustard Day)

    3) March 14th (Steak and BJ day, which I presume to mean when those of a carnivourous nature read the blog while enjoying a slice of beef)

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    gogol's wife says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    Breathtaking! (the cat, that is)

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    Yatsuno says:

    @TaMara (BHF): KITTEH!!! Very pretty too!

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    @gogol’s wife: Thank you! Although the Cranberry Chicken photo is no slouch either.

  21. 21
    Punchy says:

    I can send you a picture of an ass, but Boehners pic is readily available all over the intertoobz

  22. 22
    Alison says:

    @Gex: True, and if she’ll cooperate, which is less sure :P

  23. 23
    rikyrah says:

    AWE….so cute…

  24. 24

    @Yatsuno: I don’t think I’ve seen them…

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @The Dangerman: We could highlight three Fall days. Fall in your Shower day, Fall outside your House day and Fall off the Wagon day.

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    ruemara says:

    I have so many and I have to send in something. I just decided that they should go with my ex when he moves back to his parents’ this month. I don’t know how I’m going to survive this but I’m running out of time and I want my boys to have a stable home.

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    raven says:

    @ruemara: When my ex and I split she kept Mr Big because it was just the right thing. He broke his leg and she was in no position to care for him so we took him and nursed him back to health (with the help of the then puppy Raven). A few years later she moved and couldn’t take him so we took him again. We had him just long enough to really fall back in love with him and then he died.

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    geg6 says:

    Oh goodie! I have one that has both Koda and Otis in it that shows their personalities perfectly. Or the separate ones that also tell you exactly who they are.

    I wish the ones I just took of Koda hauling around her new toy, a log (yes, an actual log), had turned out better. She looks hilarious with that huge thing in her mouth.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I know the Mighty Tunchness is no longer with us, but I really hope Tunch will be featured in the 2014 calendar in all his Tunchitude. There are plenty of stock (heh) photos of him, and I would be sad not to see him prominently displayed.

    Maybe just the cover.

    Or the centerfold.

  30. 30
    ruemara says:

    @raven: He’s a beauty. I know I’m doing the right thing for them but it still sucks.

  31. 31
    Tommy says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I was a lurker here for years. Then John wrote his epic post about the death of Tunch. I felt I could maybe get along with folks here reading all the comments.

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    Baud says:


    You’ve made a terrible mistake.

  33. 33
    Tommy says:

    @Baud: I might have :). But I like pet lovers.

  34. 34
    kc says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    That is one seductive cat!

  35. 35

    I hope Elon sends in a pic of Alawicious Jeremiah. He’s a cutie.

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