How We Included Our Dogs in Our Pregnancy Announcement

The moment we found out we were pregnant, I couldn’t wait to tell our family and friends. I wanted our pregnancy announcement to be creative, but I also wanted our dogs to take part in it. We have two dogs, a five-year-old boxer named Bentley and a two-year-old bull puggle named Lambo. They have been through it all with us and I really wanted them a part of this special announcement. After perusing Pinterest for weeks, I found some ideas and was hopeful that something would work out.

Pregnancy Announcement

On Saturday, my husband bought a pair of baby Converse (we do not know the gender yet, so we figured this was our best unisex option!) and I took out my DSLR camera and we headed to the backyard.

It had rained the night before, so the patio was specked with wet spots. I tried to take a couple of photos on the patio, but they just didn’t look right. Our lawn has taken a beating this winter, so that wasn’t an option either. The dogs wouldn’t sit still. Their junk was in all the photos. When you asked them to lay down, they would roll over on their backs. It was a nightmare. We decided to head inside and see if there was a better option.

Since it was such a dreary day, the lighting wasn’t the best. We tried to get the two of them in position, but the dogs kept running into their crates. Even with the temptation of cheese that my husband kept holding over my head, they weren’t cooperating. I was getting frustrated but I really wanted them to be in our announcement. They are such a big part of our growing family and I just knew I could get the right shot.

As a last ditch effort, I took out my white shag “blogger” rug so I could photograph the sneakers and the personalized onesie I bought on Etsy. I took a couple of photos of the onesie (see final photo above) and the dogs started to sniff at the rug. I put the rug on the ground and they put their paws right on it.


My husband quickly grabbed the cheese and stood behind me. I sat down with my iPhone and was able to get both sets of paws and the sneakers in the photo.

Dog Pregnancy Announcement

I took the best photo of the bunch, made some minor edits, added some words and voila! A gorgeous pregnancy announcement with our dogs! One which we wouldn’t wait to share with the world!


Dog Pregnancy Announcement


My Advice:

Make sure to bring a lot of treats and a lot of patience! It does take some time to get the right shot, but when you do, it is so worth it!

Ingredients for a Successful Pregnancy Photo Shoot with Dogs:

  • iPhone (or DSLR camera)
  • White shag rug
  • Converse sneakers
  • A Color Story (iPhone app) – to edit, brighten, clarify and add a filter to the photo
  • A Beautiful Mess (iPhone app) – to add the text on the top and bottom.
  • Dog Treats
  • My husband

Have you seen any creative pregnancy announcement photos? Share in the comments!