Sit, I want a fam­ily paw­trait!

Scottish Daily Mail - - Comment - By James Tozer

PUT 17 pets in one room and you’d ex­pect fur to fly.

But Kathy Smith not only man­aged to keep her an­i­mals calm, she also got them to line up long enough for a per­fect por­trait.

The first half of the job was easy – her eight dogs read­ily obeyed her in­struc­tion to sit, es­pe­cially when given treats. Per­suad­ing all nine cats to stay put was a harder task.

Miss Smith, 30, learned the full mean­ing of the ex­pres­sion ‘as dif­fi­cult as herd­ing cats’ as she had to dash be­tween the sofa and her cam­era sev­eral times to retrieve er­rant fe­lines be­fore they re­mained still for long enough. Luck­ily, they all looked at the cam­era.

‘I was so thrilled when I re­alised I’d cap­tured this shot – it’s like a little fam­ily photo,’ said Miss Smith, a shop as­sis­tant from Cor­wen, North Wales who takes in res­cue an­i­mals. She also has four bud­gies, sev­eral fish and a baby hedge­hog.

Kathy Smith with Smokey Back: Dinky, Jakie, Opal, Paddy, Socks, Safi, Cin­ders. Mid­dle: Dusty, Max, Sheba, Smokey, Storm. Front: Ruby, Ben, Teddy, Rio and Mishka

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