This was even harder than herding cats.
A UK-based pet-whisperer got all 17 of her pets to pose for a photo together. Kathy Smith accomplished this hair-raising photoshoot — a feat so Sisyphean that it reportedly took her numerous treats and several weeks to achieve.
The resultant photo of the pets stoically sitting at attention has since gone viral online.
The 30-year-old shop assistant from Corwen, Wales rescues animals in need. As a result, she’s accumulated quite the menagerie over the years — most notably her eight dogs and nine cats.
And while saving the animals is impressive enough on its own, getting them to set aside their snake-and-mongoose ways and pose for a photo was quite another undertaking.
To accomplish the daunting task, Smith first used treats to bribe her eight dogs into posing patiently in the living room of her three-bedroom home.
“The dogs will all sit for treats so that was easy enough,” said the pet rescuer, who posted preliminary photos of her eight pooches sitting in place.
However, “the cats were another matter.” Wrangling the nine disobedient felines required her to rush back and forth with the camera on standby, and “keep picking them up and putting them back until they stayed.”
“I now know the real meaning behind herding cats,” said Smith of the instinct-defying feat.
It took Smith a whole fortnight of rearranging pets before they were in place — a task made even more difficult by the fact that some of her furry friends were “always out of frame.” Finally, she was able to get all 17 of them to sit still for the split-second shot, after which they immediately dispersed and went their respective ways. Dr. Dolittle, eat your heart out.
Smith was thrilled when she realized she’d “captured this shot,” analogizing it to “a little family photo.” She adds, “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.”
Along with her 17 cats and dogs, Smith cares for four budgies, several fish and a baby hedgehog.
“People are usually shocked when they come over and realize how many pets we have, the house is mad but we’re used to it,” says Smith.