17 Cats And Dogs Pose Perfectly For Their Owner’s Family Photo

Anyone who likes to take photos of their pets knows that it can be tough to get them to strike the right pose when you bring out the camera.

Getting one cat or dog to pose for the perfect photo is nearly impossible at times, but one pet owner managed to get all 17 of her cats and dogs to sit still for a family photo.

30-year-old Kathy Smith has eight dogs and nine cats, and they are seemingly well behaved from the looks of her family photo.

Although, the accomplishment wasn't nearly as easy as the final photo made it look. In fact, Kathy spent about two weeks trying to set up the shot.

As the generalities would typically imply, getting the cats on the same page was rather difficult, but the dogs didn't mind sitting still for the shot.

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Her eight dogs Ruby, Ben, Max, Sheba, Teddy, Rio, Storm, and Misha were very compliant because they were being bribed by treats, and probably couldn't be happier that the cats messed up the picture, because that just meant more treats for them.

Eventually, Kathy was able to take the shot at just the right time, getting the perfect family photo.

"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," Kathy explained.

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Kathy has picked up many of these dogs and cats in years of rescuing animals that were in need of a home. Kathy has three German Shepherds, named Storm, Mishka, and Max, along with three border collies named Ben, Rio and Sheba, a Yorkshire Terrier Maltese cross named Teddy, and a mix-breed dog named Ruby.

She also has four budgies, a baby hedgehog, nine cats and several fish in the extended wildlife family that lives in her house. Unfortunately, not all of those animals ended up appearing in the photo. It seems that adding a hedgehog into the mix may have made her job even harder.

The final image is incredible, but a lot of hard work and patience was needed to make it a possibility. Would you have the patience to get this shot?

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Michelle Williams is a New York native and Cornell University alumni currently living in Los Angeles and working as a journalist for numerous Midialab ventures. Williams began her career working as a copy editor for a large television production firm and then moved on to entertainment writing after developing some industry contacts in LA.