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Six-Word Caption Contest #12 (and Winner #11)

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

By Larry Smith

SMITH and Shutterfly’s Six-Word Caption Contest continues as we seek your six words that describe the situation you see above. One lucky puppy will win a gift certificate for $50 for Shutterfly. Leave your six-word caption in the comments area below by 5pm EST this Friday. Each entry should be separate comment and you can submit up to 10 entries; read the official rules for more details.

Last week hundreds of you belly-up’d to the bar to describe the hot mess of a shot seen in this blog post. And the winning six is… “This is my last Personals Ad” by BanjoDan.

Plus: In or near NYC? Check out a SMITH Live story show on Dec. 6 at the amazing 92nd Street Y. You’ll hear stories from Elizabeth Wurtzel, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Anthony Giglio, Lynn Harris, Rachel Sklar, the poet Jane Shore and more. SMITH members can use the code “SMITH” when you buy tickets for a discount.

201 responses

  1. NumbrOneAunt says:

    Asked for ONE dog - Santa’s REAL!

  2. H2point0 says:

    It’s a Collie Jolly Christmas. *click*

  3. H2point0 says:

    Ralph never knew he was adopted.

  4. H2point0 says:

    Cloning Dolly was just step one.

  5. maryjane31 says:

    A canine Christmas, genuine love reflected.

  6. LadyMac says:

    On the 6th day of Christmas…

  7. LadyMac says:

    Deck hall with boughs of collies.

  8. LadyMac says:

    Whoville’s anti-Grinch gift protection canine unit.

  9. LadyMac says:

    Lydia asked Santa for six “dollies”.

  10. LadyMac says:

    Where are Santa’s milk and cookies?

  11. Believe says:

    Dog days of Christmas are here.

  12. Big E says:

    …..pooch pack in a pear tree!

  13. Dean6805 says:

    I asked for some Yule LOGS!

  14. Dean6805 says:

    Santa’s big surprise in 3… 2…

  15. Sue B says:

    The Iditarod Trail Race underdog team.

  16. Freda Lottie says:

    They said there would be treats.

  17. Freda Lottie says:

    Poinsettias are poison. Pass it along.

  18. autumn22 says:

    The reindeers said they needed backup–now where’s Rudolph?

  19. Qraig says:

    What naughty cats get for Christmas.

  20. maryjane31 says:

    We put the “Merry” in Christmas!

  21. K says:

    “Wearing a holiday meat suit, classic.”

  22. debom says:

    Lassie, go home!

  23. kisskissgirl says:

    The dogs ate ALL the presents!

  24. kisskissgirl says:

    Honey, the dog carolers are here…

  25. kisskissgirl says:

    LOOK…Santa’s coming down the chimney!

  26. PV Harrington says:

    Singing; “The Colly and the Ivy”.

  27. Mzejay says:

    Last hit was barking Jingle bells.

  28. Miss Sally says:

    Christmas has gone to the dogs!

  29. maryjane31 says:

    Six canine beauties making Christmas bright!

  30. maryjane31 says:

    We’re posing nicely, where’s the bacon!

  31. maryjane31 says:

    Hope Santa brings us all treats.

  32. maryjane31 says:

    Woof, woof, woof. Arf, arf, arf!

  33. maryjane31 says:

    Just don’t send any cats in!

  34. DynamicDbytheC says:

    And you just wanted a puppy.

  35. Redx3 says:

    Lassie Reunion special: Lassies, Stunt Double

  36. Redx3 says:

    “Sign it ‘Six Pack’. It’s funny.”

  37. JAD says:

    Hoping they don’t get six cats!

  38. JAD says:

    Can’t hold this pose too long.

  39. JAD says:

    We’re here to keep burglars out.

  40. camalex1 says:

    Lassie convention starts day after Christmas.

  41. Jen says:

    You should see our reunion photo.

  42. Jen says:

    The kids loved their Christmas sweaters.

  43. trixieindixie says:

    What partridge in a pear tree?

  44. Gina says:

    Who needs presents? You have us!

  45. D.A. Spruzen says:

    Housebroken dogs only for good children.

  46. maryjane31 says:

    Three dogs A-sitting, three more A-laying.

  47. Candy says:

    Odd dog out, but in front!

  48. Sharry says:

    The Collies with their pet Bernese.

  49. FichenDich says:

    Duh, the cat took the picture !

  50. Sharry says:

    Obedience school Christmas party - teacher’s pets.

  51. Julia says:

    Eight reindeer don’t stand a chance.

  52. H2point0 says:

    Son away for Christmas? Get dogs!

  53. H2point0 says:

    Leave it…Leave it…OK!

  54. Ben Gubar says:

    Carolers are lazy! Second string team.

  55. Daria Rydzaj says:

    Border Collie Christmas tree defense system

  56. L2l3 says:

    Photo courtesy of Milkbone and Valium.

  57. Zsuzsa says:

    When can we go Christmas collie-ing?

  58. Cynthia says:

    Six Dog Night, Send Fire Hydrants

  59. William G. says:

    We thought it was a Dogwood

  60. Faexandrova says:

    Man’s best friends from pal, Santa.

  61. William G. says:

    You had better take us out

  62. William G. says:

    A Tree! And there’s more presents?

  63. Faexandrova says:

    Tree is the odd one out.

  64. William G. says:

    We were on the naughty list

  65. William G. says:

    Is that red suit bite proof?

  66. William G. says:

    six times tree equals wet spot

  67. William G. says:

    You forgot to light up Fern

  68. XYZ says:

    You have gotta love the holidays

  69. Miss Sally says:

    Back away from the tree, Red.

  70. trixieindixie says:

    How embarrassing — we’re wearing Halloween costumes!

  71. westhickey says:

    Do you hear what I hear?

  72. Hooch says:

    It’s time for mistletoe and collies.

  73. Staraj says:

    Bark the herald. Angels on strike.

  74. Wendy says:

    Hope Timmy’s not in the well.

  75. ABC says:

    Nobody told us to say cheese.

  76. Sydney says:

    On the sixth day of Christmas…

  77. Sydney says:

    No barking until kids are up.

  78. Sydney says:

    Best Christmas: no bones about it.

  79. kisskissgirl says:

    They left! Let’s find the presents!

  80. Laura says:

    Alright who let the flea In ?

  81. Laura says:

    We’ll have a doggone good Christmas .

  82. Laura says:

    Five naughty collies , only one saint

  83. Knoxena says:

    Will Santa tell us all apart??????

  84. islandmom says:

    The trick was setting the timer.

  85. Missbethany says:

    Oh no, not the sweaters again!

  86. queenmab says:

    No more relatives until next Christmas.

  87. enjoyingmeaning says:

    Beethoven and Lassie are late again.

  88. Cara says:

    …Six Shetland sheepdogs…five golden rings…

  89. diylibrarian says:

    Five dogs was just not enough.

  90. kanuti says:

    Dasher, Dancer, Donder, Blitzen, Comet, Fido

  91. YOLANDA says:


  92. Mollie says:

    Who calls the bone-shaped package?

  93. lollypop says:

    who photoshopped us? getting outta here

  94. Amy says:

    Loosing focus in 3, 2, 1…

  95. Amy says:

    This is just one picture… right?

  96. Amy says:

    Can we get up now please?

  97. Obber says:

    Six geese a laying?! That’s BS!

  98. Amy says:

    I just wanted my chew toy…

  99. Amy says:

    We took turns marking the tree.

  100. Amy says:

    You’d never guess, we’re all related!

  101. Amy says:

    We have to do this again?

  102. Amy says:

    Please don’t look under the tree…

  103. Amy says:

    Grandma got ran over by what???!

  104. Amy says:

    Quick, formation everyone! Hide the puddle!

  105. Anthony says:

    Introducing half a dozen doggie beauties.

  106. LFergie says:

    Why the long faces? Say “Milkbone!”

  107. Katie says:

    Reindeer Strike! Two more dogs needed!

  108. Katie says:

    Doggonit! There’s no room for presents!

  109. Katie says:

    Dogs: “Shouldn’t PETA be stopping this?”

  110. McKenzie Clarke says:

    Canine Christmas Security system- Only $99.99

  111. Songwriter says:

    At least they’re home for Christmas.

  112. Songwriter says:

    Prefer dog Christmas over family Christmas.

  113. Jake Boyk says:

    No, the presents are all MINE!

  114. Jake Boyk says:

    The presents are mine. No, MINE!

  115. Jake Boyk says:

    “The presents are mine.”
    “No, MINE!”

  116. Jeff says:

    “My gift’s in the plant (wink).”

  117. Jake Boyk says:

    Family time! No, now it’s Collie time!

  118. Jake Boyk says:

    Peaceful time. Christmas time. Collie time!

  119. Jake Boyk says:

    Family time? No, it’s doggy time!

  120. KAREN says:

    The POINSETTIAS…not, point setters, DUH

  121. KAREN says:

    “did HE just come down the chimney?”

  122. KAREN says:

    You want us to do WHAT ?

  123. KAREN says:

    “find Timmy, Lassie”……(50″ flatscreen ROCKS!)

  124. Scarlett says:

    Children never pay this much attention!

  125. Grandma Mary says:

    Results of liking the collie better

  126. Wayne says:

    We pounce when she says cheese.

  127. Wayne says:

    Tired of floor. Need Christmas chair.

  128. Robin Slick says:

    Oh, cool, Santa’s eating the cat!

  129. maryjane31 says:

    I love you my sweet angels

  130. Marie says:

    Classic family portrait — no one’s smiling.

  131. scribbling_scribe says:

    Lassie never had it so good!!

  132. scribbling_scribe says:

    Christmas has gone to the dogs!

  133. HeyAnnis says:

    We three Kings with three Trixies

  134. Jake Boyk says:

    With great power comes great dogability.

  135. Jake Boyk says:

    Minimum wage for guarding these presents. -.-

  136. Jake Boyk says:


    “Ruff, ruff!”


    “Woof, ruff!!!”

  137. KFitty says:

    Wise parents edit letters to Santa.

  138. bevvie says:

    Stepford dogs around the Christmas tree.

  139. Jake Boyk says:

    I REALLY want a chew toy!

  140. Angie Haider says:

    The typical empty nest Christmas card!

  141. John Big John says:

    Taken moments before 2012 Canine Revolution.

  142. Granny Mary says:

    Stay still like statues, Santa’s watching

  143. JAD says:

    This is a dog’s day Christmas.

  144. Lisa E. says:

    Damn. Suspicions confirmed. Santa’s a cat.

  145. Lisa E. says:

    Give us treats or we’ll tell.

  146. Lisa E. says:

    Another ridiculous Christmas Card. Who cares?

  147. bevvie says:

    Wait for it…then legs up!

  148. maryjane31 says:

    Hope we light up your lives!

  149. DynamicDbytheC says:

    Couldn’t fly. Santa laid us off.

    Last photo with tree still standing.

  150. DynamicDbytheC says:

    Mom said she’ll only walk ONE.

    “Look innocent so she keeps us.”

    Batteries not included. Leash not included.

  151. Autumn22 says:

    Honey, I told you to stop hitting enter on the shopping cart checkout page!

  152. Autumn22 says:

    Ha! The White House Christmas card only has ONE dog!

  153. Autumn22 says:

    And all through the house, not a dog was stirring….

  154. Autumn22 says:

    I told you at the dog park, “Mi casa es su casa” is just a figure of speech!

  155. Autumn22 says:

    If they can remake The Sound of Music, we can totally rock a redo of 101 Dalmations!

  156. Autumn22 says:

    I told you not to worry if you haven’t read the book. We never actually discuss it!

  157. Autumn22 says:

    Come, they told us, paw rump paw paw pum.

  158. bevvie says:

    Who’s that guy in the front?

  159. bevvie says:

    Next year we stage the shoot.

  160. bevvie says:

    Thank goodness they forgot the hats!

  161. bevvie says:

    Next year we want The Rockettes.

  162. bevvie says:

    We know where your shoes are.

  163. bevvie says:

    Let’s pee on that damn camera!

  164. Maya says:

    Decking halls with bow-wows of holly.

  165. DynamicDbytheC says:

    This neighborhood better have fire hydrants.

  166. DynamicDbytheC says:

    Santa’s reject boys. Reindeer acted smug.

  167. Heather Dearly says:

    Asked for a six-pack. Wasn’t specific.

  168. PenceGirl says:

    What nice boys and girls get.,

    I wanna sit on his lap.,

    What’s that? Santa fell down chimney?,

    Only one is real. Which one?,

    Heard this? Three Wisemen, Five Shelties…,

    And, I wore an ugly sweater?!,

  169. Geo says:

    See - dogs don;t just play poker

  170. Geo says:

    who ate the presents this year?

  171. Geo says:

    Pounce when you see santa coming

  172. Geo says:

    Santa won;t eat this year’s cookies - grrrrr

  173. trixietrudy says:

    He must have paid the bouncer.

  174. trixietrudy says:

    The new guy drinks wheatgrass juice.

  175. trixietrudy says:

    Attention Central Casting: not a collie.

  176. trixietrudy says:

    Central Casting: you’re fired. Needed collie.

  177. scribbling_scribe says:

    Christmas eve at the taxidermist’s home.

  178. scribbling_scribe says:

    Yule log. Eggnog grog. Watchdogs agog.

  179. jeffkoa says:

    Just wait until parents not home.

  180. notyouraveragegirl says:

    Santa asked, “Are you good boys?”

  181. ipromise says:

    christmas:everyone you love should be there.

  182. ipromise says:

    i said : “dogs are my family!”

  183. DynamicDbytheC says:

    Decking halls with bow-wows of collies.

  184. Oscar Padilla says:

    Christmas has gone to the dogs I see!

  185. Anonymous says:

    Really, five more live me great

  186. Kaykay Mac says:

    Found out wasn’t part of litter

  187. Wolfie says:

    Cheeze! Now back to playing poker.

  188. DukeRaider says:

    This Christmas, we’re doing it doggie-style!

  189. DukeRaider says:

    Where are our stockings bitch?

  190. DukeRaider says:

    Elves on strike. Called temp agency.

  191. DukeRaider says:

    I drank too much egg nog!

  192. DukeRaider says:

    The original “camels” in the nativity.

  193. DukeRaider says:

    You gave the in-laws Polyjuice Potion!?

  194. DukeRaider says:

    Poinsettias and dogs. Hmmm, Collieflower anyone?

  195. DukeRaider says:

    Hey! The dogs stole Santa’s beard!

  196. DukeRaider says:

    This year’s Christmas party theme? Poop-a-palooza!

  197. DukeRaider says:

    New Gremlins that multiply with water.

  198. Thomas Pengilly says:

    The doggie dozen Xmas party bash?

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