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The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic

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This photo caused a minor traffic jam while it was being set up
Kaylee Garrick's canine photoshoots can stop traffic in Shetland - and the fame of her very obedient dogs has now spread across the globe.The 29-year-old student paramedic has trained her pets to pose together for a range of eye-catching images.She has seven regular models - Shetland sheepdogs Fenton, Thiago, Thorin, Gimli, Murphy and Jara, and an Alaskan Klee Kai called Ghost. They are sometimes joined by Fjana, who is owned by Kaylee's mother.The popularity of their pictures grew through social media, and has now helped raised thousands of pounds for charity.
The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic

The dogs sit patiently while their photo is taken - as in this image inspired by Peaky Blinders
Kaylee, from Scalloway, has been taking photos of dogs since she was 10 years old, back when pictures had to be developed.She said it "came naturally" because her first dog, Flint, was "so handsome against the Shetland background".However, when Flint died from bone cancer in 2007, Kaylee put her camera down and stopped taking photographs.That changed after a friend suggested she should look at a litter of puppies in 2011. She fell in love with Fenton, who remains one of her star models - and her love of photography was also rekindled.
The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic

Fenton - in the green boots - helped Kaylee pick up the camera again
"It took off again. The camera just seemed to follow my hand," she said."For the next few years we just kept adding more dogs and photos."With social media, using Facebook and Instagram, it became even more of a thing. The world went nuts for Shetland sheepdogs on Shetland."Kaylee said she started receiving more and more requests for pictures.
The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic

Each photo sees the dog take another step to even wider fame
"We originally used it to promote Shetland. People have come here just to see the dogs."I had a couple from Australia recognise us. It was crazy."Kaylee said the photos then started getting "stranger" over the years as she started using costumes.In one, they are wearing caps and waistcoats in a look inspired by the television show Peaky Blinders.Kaylee said that while the backgrounds of some images have been touched up for artistic effect, the poses struck by her dogs are real.
The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic

The images often also show the Shetland backdrop
The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic

Up to eight dogs feature in the photos
She said the secret of their obedience was "trust and confidence"."They are obsessed with their ball, so we use positive reinforcement - they get rewarded for good behaviour."They are trained to pose, I line them up, say 'wait', get the camera out, take the photo, say 'good dogs' then throw their ball. It does not take long at all, as they are so used to it."However, you can get a lot of people coming up to you, so that can take a bit longer - one photo, where they were in the street wearing bright boots, caused a traffic jam."People were taking photos themselves, then I noticed all the cars stopping."
The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic

The images feature in a fundraising calendar
Kaylee produced a charity calendar for 2020 after being "pestered" by people asking if she would do one.She thought a print run of 250 would be enough, but it quickly sold out and copies have been sent all over Europe, America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.The calendar has raised
The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic

Kaylee also finds the photos help patients in the back of an ambulance
"I take my phone out and show them my dogs and they forget they are in an ambulance," she said."Their blood pressure goes down and they start smiling."And children respond well to it. Turning it into making people laugh has made it more quirky."All images are copyrighted.
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