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 12 – chosen by Jayme from Oregon, USA – is Something New and our brief read… ” The options are endless. :) A new dog toy, a new collar, shooting at a new location, shooting with a new piece of equipment (lens, lights, backdrops, etc.) a new shooting or editing technique. Doesn’t matter what it is, just show us something “new”. ”

So this week I was going to introduce you all to my Friends ‘new’ Puppy, Baxter…. But what happened this week included, builder troubles a 4 day migraine, car troubles and storms.

So instead I am going to show you something ‘new’ that my Girl Skarla got this week…


Over the past 6-8 months Skarla has been increasingly agitated during storms, plus we have had continuous building going on and she has been rather wound up and not her usual self, it came to a bit of a head earlier this week when she growled and lifted her lip at someone – something she NEVER does! This showed me just how stressed she was becoming. After doing some research and asking around my FaceBook Friends, I decided to give the Thunder Shirt a try.

Well, I will admit to being skeptical about how effective it would be, but let me tell you I AM IMPRESSED!!!

The first day Skarla wore her new Thunder Shirt – the builders didn’t even realise she was here – she has been doing A LOT of barking at them – but Thusrday when she wore her new shirt – instead of barking all day she lazed around and slept instead!


Now this afternoon, Friday, with a storm rolling in, on went her new Thunder shirt and out we went for some pictures. Usually once the thunder starts she is well and truly showing stress signs, like panting, crying and salivating, but just look at her now!!!


I don’t usually do product reviews or rave about what I do/feed my dog etc… But I really am so impressed with this shirt that I just had to share.




There was one big clap of thunder and this was all Skarla did….


I am so proud os her and I am SO impressed with the Thunder Shirt!

And right now only 2 hours later while the storm is still around, Skarla is asleep on her bed and I am one happy Dog-Mum.

While things are still peaceful here, lets see what the other Beautiful Beastie Photographers captured this week, starting with – Denver pet photographer, StinkDog Photos and continuing around the blog ring until you get back here.

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks theme, see you all next week.



  1. Our beagle that had severe separation anxiety was cured of it once he got the Thundershirt. It is amazing. He had to be crated due to his destructive behavior, but once we got him the Thundershirt we were able to successfully leave him uncrated with no destruction.

  2. That’s so great the Thundershirt worked. When we first got Boo he was pretty terrified of thunderstorms and the shirt helped until he chewed through it during a particularly bad storm. A trainer I know recommended playing with Boo during the storm to take his mind off of it. So we started playing hide and seek. Jamie and I both had treats and we would walk to places in the house and call him and when he found us we would give him a snack then the other person would call him and he’d run to them. It was a huge transformation for him. Now storms come and go and he’s not bothered by them anymore.

  3. I have heard wonderful things about the Thunder Shirts – and now we can get them here in New Zealand – so whilst it is a little too warm, I think this will be something that I will invest in for a little guy for the winter to see if it helps. It is not so much storms that bother him but a lot of the noises in our neighbourhood seem to freak him out and it makes me sad every time he goes nuts.

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