Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PUPPY TALES: Dog Mama Memes

Everyone's making memes these days, even old women like me. I'm not sure I'm considered techno-savvy in any area, but thanks to dumb luck, and poking around on the internet, I've found some fun apps to use with our dogs.

The Bark Cam has several features which make it user friendly. It is available from iTunes for iPhones and Google play for Androids. To "make your pet a star," simply download the app, and then when you want to take a pic of Fido (or your version of Bristol and Sami), simply choose a sound to get your pup's attention, and your camera's shutter goes off a moment later. The sounds available include a duck, a doorbell, a dog barking, a treat bag being torn open, jangling keys; there are quite a few!

Bark Cam sounds allowed me to capture this quizzical look, and Canva helped me
with the editing.

Sami goes a little berserk when the doorbell rings, so I've been using Bark Cam's doorbell sound during our clicker training. Bark Cam is helping desensitize our dogs to other unusual sounds. During our puppy classes, we play a sound like a dog barking, then use a clicker to get the pup's attention, and reward them for paying attention to us, rather than the sound. There are specific apps for that, like iSounds, but I've been using Bark Cam for now. 

My back pocket camera captured this fun action shot of Sami when I bent down to take
a pic of the dogs sitting on command. We'll keep working on "sit."
Editing done with Canva.
Bark Cam will also let you upload pictures from your phone, and edit them with text, conversation bubbles, and stickers. It has been fun to play with our pictures, and share them with friends.

When my daughter's beautiful Boxer Rocky escaped from the kennel at her dad's house last weekend, it was a sad day indeed. He was gone all afternoon, all night, and Sierra did not find him until after sunrise the next day. He had us all worried sick about him. I kept texting Sierra throughout the night to not give up hope, and I kept reminding her miracles happen every day. 

After a very fitful night, I was so happy to get her phone call that she had Rocky in the truck with her, and they were heading home for food and a bath and lots of naps. I made a couple of memes with Bark Cam for them later that day.

My husband and I are photographers, and sometimes, only a really nice portrait will do. When the sun is "just right" in our living room, we often break out our cameras, and have an impromptu photo session with the puppies. I used the sounds from the Bark Cam app to get Bristol and Sam's attention, standing behind Chuck while he took his shots, and he did the same for me. 

Sami looked up from her relaxed position with her big, brown eyes when she heard the squeaking sounds coming from my phone. I was very happy with the results from that photo shoot.

When a friend suggested I make some puppy memes, I decided to download Meme Generator by MemeCrunch. Sue has had fun caption ideas for the pictures. The possibilities are endless with these two precious faces. (Thanks for all your great ideas, Sue!)

Not my idea. Totally stolen from Sue!

It's been a fun couple of weeks experimenting with Bark Cam, Meme Generator, and Canva. I just love capturing the everyday silliness and sweetness of Bristol and Sam. 

What about you? Do you have any favorite programs or apps that you think would be useful or fun for us while we are raising these pups? This dog mama is all ears for good tips. 

Bark Cam

Meme Generator by Zombodroid

Meme Generator by MemeCrunch

Note: I only generate my own memes, but in looking a little further into these apps, I noticed that one of the sites requires users be 17 and older. Digging deeper, I found the reasons include mild violence and sexually explicit graphics. There is questionable material to be found if you browse memes others have made; don't say I didn't warn you. Just stick to making your own fun memes, and you shouldn't have any problems. 


  1. I love these photos. Keep it up and you may go viral, and have another "grumpy cat" celebrity with them both.

    1. I guess we never know what makes something go viral. Meanwhile, I'm having fun with my puppies and their memes. 😊

  2. Your memes have had me laughing more than once. I loved the "harmonizing" one.


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