Beautiful Beasties is an international network of professional pet photographers, of which I am very privileged to be a part of. Within the network a group was formed for photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.


The theme for week 5 is – Fitness – Since January is usually is the month where we revisit health and exercise, Karen (from California who chose this theme) thought it would be fun to capture our pets fitness routine. Doggie yoga, cat stretches, agility, runs, catching frisbees, etc.

The weather here for the 1st half of the week was wet, wet, wet and the only one getting any exercise were the ducks! But thankfully yesterday and today were absolutely stunning, and the ground dried out just enough to get out this morning for a shoot.

So, let me introduce to to the first of todays 3 models….

This is Blue…


Blue, is a Koolie and a very active one at that, so a week of rainy weather has been very hard for him!

Next up is Dash…


Dash is also a very active Koolie – both Blue and Dash have been entered into this years Sydney Royal Easter Show Agility competition, so they were out in the training paddock for the 1st time in a week….

Training started with some free time – energy burning – play…




See Blue with his wild “I’ve been cooped up all week eyes”?

Once they had settled, a little, Dash showed me how to use the see-saw


Blue showed me ‘go-around’


Then it was time for some jumping fun!





Now after I few goes each, I asked Louise – “can they jump together?” Her response – “they haven’t but we will give it a go”




Of course for this pair of little super-dogs the request was no trouble at all! I should tell you all that Dash & Blue are both pretty famous, their Mum, Louise, owns Animal Talent and both Dash & Blue have seen their fair share of film and TV work, so it was time to show me a trick..

this is “Tall”


Oh, Blue still had a bit too much energy and got a bit confused…


We had a really great morning and it was almost time for me to leave, but Louise had one more surprise for me, I’d like to introduce you to Joker…


Oh boy is this guy a sweetie!!! At just 15 months this little Koolie has only just started his training, although he has already had loads of experience herding cattle and Man can he move!




Just take a look at those eyes…this boy is going to grow into a very stunning dog!


I hope you enjoyed my version of fitness for week 5, now as this is my 1st official week in the blog ring, please follow the links all the way around and see what all the other photographers have been able to capture, starting with Poughkeepsie NY Pet Photography, Khanya Photography.

See you all next week, S.


  1. Welcome to the blog ring. Awesome photos. I think Boo would love that if I could get him to concentrate on what we were doing instead of the other dogs. Looks like a lot of fun.

    1. Thanks Tara, they have a heap more tricks they can do, I’ll have to get around to photographing their other tricks too.

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