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the scruffy pack ~ {Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario pet photographer}

if you follow scruffy dog on facebook you’ll already be caught up on all the latest and greatest happenings with SDP.  but if you don’t, here are just a few of the images of the scruffy pack you’ll have missed over the past year!  i’ve dedicated this blog entry to images of my scruffies (past and present) together.

i’ll start with my all-time favorite image of my girl matea and old man morley together … on our way out for a walk.  for those who aren’t familiar with morley, who is no longer with us, you can find his full bio here.  the short version: he was adopted from the Stratford SPCA at 9 yrs of age, and lived the 7 1/2 years of his retirement with us.

waterloo ontario stock pet photographer matea and morley walkhe and matea were never bonded the way she is with merrick today … although they would ‘hunt’ together out on the trails, morley was always very independent and i think matea’s strong energy didn’t jive with his calm, easy-going temperament.  they were rarely seen sleeping together or touching each other, although they completely respected one another and knew they were a pack.

02_waterloo_ontario_pet_photographer_bulldog_morley bath-66when morley was dying from a brain tumor, and we had his seizures and other symptoms under control, i noticed that while he was still fully engaged in the world around him and plugged into life, he simply wasn’t wagging.  nothing made morley happier than another dog (another dog besides matea), and when 6-year-old merrick goobernuts mcscruffy desperately needed rescuing from a life of misery as a puppymill breeding dog, it was the perfect answer for both mcshorties.  (you can read about merrick and his rescue through his bio.)

stock pet photography scruffy dogs third day-6we had our pack of three for a short three weeks … but during those weeks morley most certainly wagged and enjoyed merrick’s company, even though it was clear from the start that merrick was ALL about his girl matea.

waterloo ontario dog stock photography day 12-70from the start, matea has been merrick’s goddess … his sun, his moon, his earth.  although there is no doubt in his bond with me, what matea means to him is indescribable, and i suspect i will never again see it in my lifetime of living with dogs.

05_waterloo_ontario_pet_photographer_bulldog_01front garden-5806_waterloo_ontario_pet_photographer_bulldog_red blanket-30even from the early days, and those first hikes, matea showed her boy the ropes …

07_waterloo_ontario_pet_photographer_bulldog_morning walk-66she is his protector …

premium animal dog stock photography mentoring-14-Edit… and his best sleeping buddy.

09_waterloo_ontario_pet_photographer_bulldog_lazy-1she’s also a bit of a pain in the ass when it comes to her insistence on using him as a pillow.

10_waterloo_ontario_pet_photographer_bulldog_goober pillow-2and from the very beginning, after some careful choreographing between these two to make sure there would be no disagreements (since matea can be a bit of a hot head), it was clear that she viewed this new scruffnut (even at 6 yrs of age) as her baby.11_waterloo_ontario_pet_photographer_bulldog_together-903812_waterloo_ontario_pet_photographer_bulldog_goofball-3these two are such a team … and i truly fear the day that one will be without the other.

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i hope you’ve enjoyed this more intimate glimpse into our pack dynamics here at SDP.  feel free to tell us about your pack in the comments below!

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  • MarylinI haven’t been checking your website for a while but finally, I’m here again. How beautiful your photographs are. The natural contentment of the dogs in the pictures says it all. Your own two beauties are gorgeous too. There is something in the eyes of a happy dog that stands out. All of your pictures show this expression. I will be back again soon!
    My own little guy Mick, will have his 17th birthday in 3 weeks time! Still enjoying his wonderful friendship each and every day.
    How I wish you could capture his doggyness in one of your wonderful photo shoots, but I live in Holland and flying is out of the question for my senior friend.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie ReihingGreat work! Some real melt my heart images!ReplyCancel

  • Gde B PutraYour dogs are really adorable and beautiful. I can see how you really are a dog lover. Keep up the great work, dude!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy KramerStunning photos!! Please do my doggies! :)))ReplyCancel

  • Pupparazzi Pet Photography MelbourneA really gorgeous set of photos – I love the little fella. Some of his expressions are priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne RoseAdorable

  • Pawsntails fotografiebeautiful blog. a story in photos. hopefully these two wonderful creatures will be together for a long time to come but sadly nothing lasts forever in life and when the time comes for one to be left behind, there is always YOU that they hang on to. They never understand where their pal went but carry on depending just that little more on you. Ultimately you are the pack leader. I have lost 2 of my furbabies in the last couple of years, a year apart. Still hurts and couldn`t imagine my Baroeska, the youngest at the time being without a doggie friend so in comes Rylie. As sweet as he is and adores Baroeska, I`m the one she`s most involved with now AND I LOVE IT but how wrong I was. Just haven`t managed the ball catching thing on all 4`s yet for her. Dogs are amazing and can teach us so much. Absolutely love what you do Ilona and wish you many years of joy with your pack. ReplyCancel

  • Donna RiggOh my god what a beautiful blog. Wonderful images and storyline. Made my morning 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sue BouchardLove this blog … I would certainly be unable to pick my favourite photo as I absolutely love them all! I called Wesley (our latest rescue) over to look at ‘doggy photos’ and judging from how he intently watched the screen he loves all the photos too! ReplyCancel

  • Michelle BradshawMy all time favorite blog!!!! I love your babies. xo

  • michelle bradshawThis is my all time favorite blog. Oh how I love your babies! xoReplyCancel

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