Anyone who's tried to get their pet to pose for a photo knows it's never easy. So could you imagine getting 17 furry guys and girls to stay in the same place for a Xmas snap?
By, 6 Dec 2019
Karen Smith lives in Corwen, Wales, with 17 cats and dogs. Yep, that's right, 17 pooches and kitties!
A big, furry family
The 30-year-old shop assistant helps rescue animals in need during her spare time and clearly struggles to let them go!
She decided Christmas was the perfect time to snap a 'pawsome' family 'pawtrait' of her giant furry gang.
Karen knew it wasn't going to be easy. So she armed herself with a camera, a big bag of treats, and tried to get all the furry critters together for a memorable Xmas photo.
Fast forward a few days, and Karen finally realised she might have bitten off more than she could chew. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Karen said:
"I kept trying to get photos of the cats and dogs altogether, 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."
"I now know the real meaning behind herding cats."
But Karen wouldn't give up and finally managed to snap an adorable photo. And as you're about to see, it was well worth the effort.
Karen lives in a three-bed semi-detached house with her young son and 17 rescue cats and dogs. She's also looking after four budgies, several fish, and even a baby hedgehog!
Is this a house or a zoo?
Unsurprisingly, first-time visitors are often taken aback when they meet Karen's extended family.
Karen admits that things can get a bit chaotic, but she wouldn't have it any other way:
"The house is mad, but we're used to it," said Karen. "They all run around, and you don't realise there's a lot of them until they're in one room...I love all my pets."