A teenager managed to get his 16 sausage dogs to pose perfectly lined up in pairs for a photograph in a bid to prove his friend wrong and capture the perfect picture.
Liam Beach, 19, managed to set up and capture the adorable shot of his well-behaved pooches in eight minutes on Friday after a friend claimed it was impossible.
Lottie, Daisy, Dudley, Wallie, Diamond, Ruby, Benjie, Buster, Bonnie, Ziggy, Sammy, Kizzy, Kiki, Zac, Duke, and Saffie were placed on the steps by Liam and told to ‘stay’.
Once the dachshunds were sat neatly, Liam used a squeaky tennis ball to keep them focused on the camera while he caught the ‘impossible’ picture.
Liam, of Rondda, Wales, said: ‘My friend Catherine challenged me to try to get all of my lots sat on the stairs for a photo.
‘She said “I bet you can’t pull it off” so I thought “challenge accepted”“. She also promised me a box of chocolates if I managed it.
‘She set me that task on Friday morning and 10 minutes later I had the photo. It took me eight minutes in total. I timed myself.
‘My friends think the picture is amazing and my family loves it. We are going to get it framed.
‘I posted the photo online too and people keep commenting on how much they love it and that they’re amazed by how I’ve managed to get the daxies to sit still.
‘It’s amazing the number of positive reactions I’ve had because sometimes people are judge-y about the number of dogs I have.
‘But I haven’t had any negative reactions to the picture at all and I’m amazed by how many people love it. It is really lovely to see.’
Animal management graduate Liam lives with his mother Cheryl Beach, 59, father Anthony Beach, 58, their 16 dachshunds and their black Labrador Jess, 12.
The family got their first sausage dog Sammy, eight, after Liam’s sister Laura Beach, 35, spotted a local ad for dachshund puppies.
Sammy quickly inspired a love for the breed and before the Beaches knew it, their dachshund brood was growing.
First came the addition of Kizzy, eight, so Sammy had a friend and then the Beaches welcomed Bonnie and Ziggy, both seven.
Four sausage dogs and a labrador might be more than enough for most but things only ‘escalated’ when the family started breeding their pedigree pooches.
Despite always planning to see their puppies off to good homes, Liam says his family always get attached and can never say ‘goodbye’ to every tiny pup.
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