Lynn Everett from South Yorkshire, England shares her home with her husband and 41 dogs. They are 25 French Bulldogs, 6 Chinese Crested dogs and 10 miniature English Bull Terriers – all living together in her semi-detached home.
Everett, 58, has been breeding dogs since she was 18. She is licensed to keep the dogs and knows each and every one of them by name.
You might think it would be very noisy in her house and neighborhood, but you would be wrong. “They’ve all got different voices,” she said. If one of them barks she shouts their name and they shut up.
(Obviously none of them is a Chihuahua who as a breed are convinced the postman is a homicidal maniac who needs to be frightened away on a daily basis or the family will be slaughtered.)
The dogs have their own personalities. There is Chip, a Chinese Crested who “fancied a change" and was dyed pink. Bubbles enjoys having her nails painted. One French Bulldog from Canada named Chanel cost Lynn £17,500 (over $26,000).
She and her husband Tony, 67, have to coordinate trips out of the house so that someone will always be there to doggie sit. When there are puppies, it’s a 24-hour operation.
One reason she has so many dogs is that many of them have health problems. Not wanting to pass them along to someone else, she insists on giving them a good home.
And of course, there are a lot of expenses. Besides food, she buys large amounts of fabric softener to make sure their bedding is comfortable.