• ... home of Ontario's premier pet photographer. This is where the photos of scruffy dog photography meet the heart and soul behind all of those fun and wacky photo shoots and the long hours in the digital darkroom ... a behind-the scenes peek into the zany life of a pet-exclusive photographer and her two trusty sidekicks. For more details on illona and the mcscruffies, check out the "about" section.

    What you will find here is the past several years of blog entries -- selected client shoots, sneak peeks, facebook recaps, news and announcements, promos and specials, as well as info on canine health and general dog chat. (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)

    So, grab a cup of jo, give your scruffnut a beef tendon to gnaw on, and enjoy the photos and ramblin's.

get your scruffy dog / KWHS calendar now!

… makes a great Christmas gift and you’re helping the dogs and cats at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society!


calendars are only $15 (no tax) and proceeds help the animals at the centre.  if you’d like yours, they can be picked up from the KWHS at 250 Riverbend Road, Kitchener … or contact scruffy dog photography.  shipping is extra, but we’ll get ‘er there!

if you want to see the calendar cats, you can check ‘em out here … and the dogs are here, and here too.

so get your copies now before they’re all gone.


Donna Segelken - Hey gal. Love your photos and stories as always. I have your happy puppy and two other photos I purchased, up in my house along with stuff Ive done. Id love to get 2 calendars and if you do Paypal, woot! Let me know.

Rog - Illona, can I paypal you some $ to get one? Didn’t see a “purchase one here form”

andrea - picking a bunch up at the humane society on sunday! again…the photos are just wonderful, illona!

now you can subscribe to the scruffy dog blog!

are you worried about missing the next scruffy dog photography blog entry? or maybe you’re a little bored and just looking for some mail to brighten your day …


well, although you could always subscribe to the scruffy dog photography blog through a feed, now you can subscribe with your email!  by doing so, you will receive an email whenever a new entry is posted … now you can see the most recent clients, the occasional dog info, and keep up with the latest news and specials!

just scroll down to the bottom of the blog and click on the “subscribe to scruffy dog blog by email” … and voila!

cuz, like morley, we know you don’t want to miss a thing.  :)


Julie Miller - I’m sure you receive countless compliments on your photography. You are amazing! I would love to have just a smidge of your talent behind the lens.

A number of years ago on Flickr – I clicked, stumbled and fell in love with a photo of your Morley (standing in the leaves wearing his coat & little boots). Whenever I’m feeling blue, I just pull up your Facebook page & scroll my way to a lighter heart.

Thank you for all the hours of enjoyment you have given to me.

Kathleen - I love your blogs. You really capture the personality of each one. Excellent photography.

Janet - I’m glad it’s working! Here’s to many subscriptions!

those red dogs again

you met them here first, now see them again! those crazy red dogs Jake and Diesel …




these crazy dogs belong to trainer Diane Holmes of Holmes on Hounds in Toronto.


with a full shoot in Toronto a couple of weeks ago, you’re probably wondering why you’re seeing them again.  well, this was a first for me … the first time that i wasn’t completely satisfied with the images shot during a session.  mind you, the finished images from that first shoot turned out better than i’d initially anticipated they would when i first previewed the images after the shoot, and Diane was thrilled with the results from that first shoot … but i knew the true potential of these wild and gorgeous dogs.




when shooting in Toronto, the park was crowded because of the last warm weather of the season … kids, dogs, walkers, and gawkers … sometimes the dogs were distracted, other times bystanders were getting into the frame. the light was also extremely harsh, with long sharp shadows cast everywhere by the leafless trees.  so … i invited Diane to my neck of the woods for a second session because i happen to think ‘my turf’ is pretty fantastic.


… especially for red dogs.



of course, the downfall of doing this second shoot is that now Diane has a HUGE number of images she has to sort through and choose from!  i know i didn’t make it easy for her.


the red dogs thoroughly enjoyed their outing in spite of a long hike in the morning before the shoot!  lots of rough-housing …


and rolling …


and team-sniffing.


and when that Diesel girl gets her crazy on, she sure can rip!


thanks, Diane, and thanks Jake and Diesel for an absolutely fabulous second shoot!



moonflower - the butt bite is awesome!!! :O)

Liz - Beautiful work once again – I know she’ll love them!

Frank - Leave it to you to reach “full potential”. Amazing as always!!

Marci - Yep, definitely RR mixes. They even “play” the same way. ROUGH!
Gorgeous photos. First shoot was great but this one is really special!

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