It’s now officially February, and the release date for How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog is only a few weeks off– the official release date is Feb. 28. Of course, I’ve got a copy already:


If you would like a copy of your very own, you can either wait until the release, or take part in this shameless publicity stunt: The second-ever Dog Physics Photo Contest!

Last time around, we did a LOLEmmy contest for a bound galley proof of the first book. This time, I’m giving away a signed copy of the finished book, so we’ll go for something a little trickier: I’ve picked three pictures from my Flickr set of dog photos, showing Emmy sitting, play-bowing, and moping. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to crop her out of one of those three, and edit her into some other scene. Like this:


The best photoshopped picture of Emmy wins a signed copy of How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog. Rules and conditions below the fold:

  • Emmy must be clearly visible in the final picture.
  • You can feel free to add a caption, if it makes the joke better.
  • The resulting picture must have something to do with physics (broadly defined). While I’m sure you could put her into a photo with the pepper-spraying cop or whatever the current photo meme is, unless you can somehow relate that to physics, it’s not eligible to win.
  • The final image should be safe for work, as it were– no gratuitous nudity, obscene words, etc.
  • The winner will be determined by a blue-ribbon committee consisting of me and Kate. The tie-breaking vote, if needed, will be provided by SteelyKid.

  • All decisions by the judges are final.
  • You must grant me permission to re-use your image for book promotion purposes (on the blog, on, the Facebook page, etc.).

To enter, send me a link to your entry either by leaving it in a comment to this post, or by emailing it to the address in the Contact tab at the top of this blog. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST, next Friday, Feb. 10


  1. #1 asdf
    February 2, 2012

    Here comes a bunch of “Schrödinger’s dog” submissions…

  2. #2 Thony C.
    February 2, 2012

    Here comes a bunch of “Schrödinger’s dog” submissions…

    Wrong branch of physics!

  3. #3 Chad Orzel
    February 2, 2012

    I thought about specifying that it needed to refer to relativity, but that seemed too limiting. So Schrodinger’s Dog jokes are OK, but if somebody comes up with a good relativity image, that’ll be a huge bonus.

  4. #4 Tristan
    February 2, 2012

    My entry should be in your inbox. Hope you like it!

  5. #5 Frank Wappler
    February 3, 2012

                      F               G
               A            Emmy           B
     “How to teach your dog relativity by first
           teaching your dogs how to spot
                   who’s in the middle”

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