They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But fortunately for Kaylee Garrick, hers learned from a young age to stay put when told.
Mrs Garrick, 29, has even helped increase tourism to the Shetland Islands – thanks to the online popularity of her photographs featuring her Shetland sheepdogs, lined up to pose for the camera.
Fenton and Thiago, both seven, Thorin and Gimli, both five, Murphy, four, Ghost, three, and Jara, two, have all posed for inventive portraits, posing with props and in costumes inspired by programmes such as Peaky Blinders.
Photos of the six Shetland sheep- dogs and Ghost, an Alaskan klee kai, have helped raise the profile of the islands.
The social media stars are sometimes joined by Fjana, five, a Shetland sheep dog who belongs to Mrs Garrick’s mother.
Kaylee Garrick, 29, a student paramedic from Scalloway, Shetland, photographed her six Shetland sheep- dogs and her one Alaskan klee kai as they posed in costumes inspired by programmes such as Peaky Blinders
The photographs of the dogs, who were also seen posing on a beach near their home, have been used in a dog calendar
Mrs Garrick (pictured), a student paramedic from Scalloway, Shetland, said a lot of work went into training the dogs
Mrs Garrick, a student paramedic from Scalloway, Shetland, began taking photos of her childhood dog Flint when she was ten, and picked up her hobby again as an adult.
She said: ‘I used to have to take 50 shots to get one photo I liked, but now the dogs know what they are supposed to do. We can do it quite quickly, so the dogs don’t get bored.’
She added: ‘I don’t know where the ideas come from but I write them down and then work out whether they will work out or not.
‘My favourite shoot was the Peaky Blinders one – I remember watching it on TV and thinking, ‘I bet my dogs look good in those suits’.’
Mrs Garrick said a lot of work went into training the dogs – but, like all good muses, they can be divas.
She added: ‘They are no different from human supermodels, my dogs… if they do not want to pose they just will not do it. Shetland sheep dogs are very intelligent – they’re smaller and much feistier though, a lot like the people.’
The ambulance technician and avid photographer had been asked to create the heartwarming piece by social media users
The Sheepdogs are seen walking along the beach near their home at Scalloway, Shetland Islands, for the photoshoot
Ms Garrick managed to get her pooches to stay still while taking their photos near their home in the Shetland Islands
The eight canines, from Scalloway, Shetland Islands, were given a range of poses from Kaylee Garrick for the heartwarming calendar
The popularity of the incredible photographs, which see the dogs take different poses, has also helped increase tourism to the Shetland Islands
Ms Garrick is pictured getting her well-behaved dogs to stay in position in the sea before taking their photo for the calendar
Mrs Garrick’s photographs have even helped increase tourism to the Shetland Islands – thanks to the online popularity
The eight pooches look out to the sea as they sit on a pristine beach for the calendar created by Kaylee Garrick