But, when the pups all had their outfits on they thought they were going for a walk – and chaos ensued.
It took almost an hour, and an entire bag of treats, to calm them down enough to pose. But the 20-year-old animal management graduate managed it in the end. ‘I have done pictures of the dogs previously, dressed up for Christmas on the sofa and thought, “I need to top them”. So I thought I’d do it on the stairs this year,’ says Liam.
We know dogs can’t smile, but look at his happy face (Picture: Dan Rowlands / ) Food artist Prudence makes some last minute adjustments to the dog grotto (Picture: Dan Rowlands / )It came as Wilko revealed research about pets and Christmas that found an average of £27 pounds is spent per-pooch on gifts over the festive season.
‘I thought, “That’s a challenge”, so I had to go one better to prove people wrong with the dogs all dressed up ready for Christmas. I thought it would be funny to see them all dressed up in their little outfits.
‘After a while on the stairs with their jumpers on they began to fall asleep so I had to work hard at keeping them awake and looking at the camera.
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‘People are absolutely loving the picture and commenting how amazing it is and how they are envious of me and that I am lucky having so many.’Buster, Daisy, Ziggy, Wallie, Zac, Bonnie, Saffie, Duke, Diamond, Ruby, Kizzy, Sammy, Kansy, Kiki, Lottie, Benji and Dudley were all on their best behaviour as they posed for the camera.The family got their first sausage dog Sammy, eight, after Liam’s sister Laura saw a local ad for dachshund puppies. Next, came the addition of Kizzy, eight, so Sammy had a friend and then the family welcomed Bonnie and Ziggy, both seven.
Then the family started breeding their pedigree pups – which is when things really escalated.
Liam says his family always get attached to every new pup, and their plans to see them off to good homes always go out the window.