The classic Christmas photo shoot featuring klutzy kids climbing onto Santa's knee doesn't always go well. Add pets into the mix and you're just asking for trouble – gift-wrapped with a big bow.

 

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

 

Wow. Such Santa. Much Jolly

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Kya, a one-year-old Shiba Inu dog from Orlando, Florida, just loves her stuffed Santa plush toy. Her “parents” figured she'd get a kick out of meeting the real thing, so to speak, so they took her to the mall. The look on Kya's face says it all. (image via USA Today)    

 

Meowry Christmas

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Twas the catfight before Christmas... and ol' Saint Nick gets to play referee. Yeah, whoever thought dressing cats up in festive garb and forcing them to act like good little elves must have been smoking kitty litter. (image via Imgur)      

 

Lick The Halls

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Santa had better fill his sack with LOTS of dog biscuits if this massive mastiff gets what he's asked for this Christmas. Bonus – Santa can use the empty sack for, er, other purposes after the colossal canine answers nature's call. (image via Modern Dog Magazine)       

 

Roo The Holidays

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Bringing your pet or pets to have their photo taken with Santa is a thing, it would seem. Santa-for-hire Scott Michael – shown above with an armful of pet guinea pigs – got to exercise his animal magnetism at a charity event held at Best Friends Pet Store. Considering the event took place in Kawana, Australia, one would hope Santa's shots are up to date and plenty of antivenin was on hand. (image via Sunshine Coast Daily)               
         

 

Oh Howly Night

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Here's one way to keep warm whether you're at the North Pole or not. Photographer Whitney S. Williams flexed her shutter-fu for a good cause – raising close to $700 for the Washington County Humane Society and Washington County Animal Shelter. (image via Whitney S W Creative)     

 

Be Good For Goodness Snakes

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

“That’s me, my brother, my cousin, and aunt and uncle. Oh, and all the lizards,” explains Aaron of this cold-blooded Christmas photo. Poor old Santa looks like he'd rather be anywhere else while the iguana held by the guy to his right just looks hungry. (image via Aaron/Awkward Family Photos)    

 

The Moose'd Wonderful Time of the Year

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Who wears it better – the facial hair, we mean. Course, you could always tug on his whiskers to see if they're real, like little Susan in Miracle on 34th Street. Santa's whiskers, that is, not the dog – unless you're in the market for stitches this Xmas.(image via Mississauga.com     

 

Feline Navidad

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Is this tense tuxedo cat as fear-filled as it looks? We'll find out when Santa relaxes his grip on the li'l furball, instantly transforming it into a li'l fireball. (image via People.com)       

 

The Dogfather

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Santa's enjoyed great success with reindeer pulling his sleigh but there's a new “organization” in town and they want a piece of the action, know what I mean? They might even make Santa an offer he can't refuse... or risk waking up with a red-nosed-reindeer's head in his bed next morning. (image via Telegraph)               
         

 

Hairy Christmas

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos

Santa, where is your beard... and your pants? Indeed, this photo is so wrong on multiple levels, even without the baby gorilla wearing a dress. Harambe, is that you? (image via Awkward Family Photos)

 

By all means bring your pet to have it's photo taken with Santa, though it would be best to ensure the venue, mall or event is OK with the idea beforehand. Some events specifically invite pets and their owners, often stating some portion of the proceeds wil go to a pet-related charity. Last but not least, consider how your pet might react to the situation – noise, crowds and the presence of other pets isn't as festive for them as it is for us.

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