If you think getting a family portrait is difficult, try gathering family members where everyone has four legs and a mouse to chase. Kathy Smith, 30, has finally achieved the ultimate pet owner's dream- a photo of all 17 fluffy friends.
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Kathy is the proud mum of nine cats and eight dogs who she somehow managed to keep still whilst taking the perfect picture. This may seem easy but it's far from it. It took Kathy about two weeks to make this happen. Obviously the dogs were cooperative, it was the cats that presented a challenge.
It took a few practice rounds where Kathy would be bribing Ruby, Ben, Max, Sheba, Teddy, Rio, Storm, and Misha with a hand full of treats, begging them to sit. However, the cats were on a mission of their own. But Kathy didn't give up...
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Eventually, in a moment of total fate, She captured the split second where all 17 kids were paying attention. Kathy, from Corwen, Wales expressed her excitement. "I was so thrilled when I realized I'd captured this shot - it's like a little family photo. I love all of my pets so much so I was really happy when I managed to get them all posing together - despite it not being easy to do. I kept trying to get photos of the cats and dogs all together but some of them were always out of frame. The dogs will all sit for treats so that was easy enough, but the cats were another matter."
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"I now know the real meaning behind herding cats - I had to just keep picking them up and putting them back until they stayed. It took about three attempts but in the end, I managed to keep them there for a couple of seconds and get the photo before they were off again. We live in quite a chaotic house but you get used to it," said the proud pet owner.
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Along with her dogs and cats, she also has four budgies, some fish and a baby hedgehog. Rescuing animals is Kathy's passion and she wouldn't have it any other way.
"They all run around and you don't realise there's a lot of them until they're in one room."