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    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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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.

Woofstock, here we come!

i’ve been a dreadfully behind on blog entries and am very grateful for such patient clients who are waiting in the wings for their proofing galleries, understanding that to put a show like Woofstock together can take a little bit of organization.  but with mere hours left, i thought i’d better take a little time out and at least put a heads-up on the blog about this weekend …


yeah, the weather-forecast isn’t shaping up to be the best, with st. lawrence market promising to smell like a whole lotta wet dog this weekend.  but hey, time to try out that funky doggy rain gear you spent money on and never really put to use, right?  or better yet, buy some down at Woofstock!

Woofstock grows and grows each year, with tons of vendors.  if you need to be convinced to come on down, check out the Woofstock website and see what it’s all about … something for everydog!!

and if you need even more convincing, how about this?


and there’s more!  yeah, MORE.  we’re no slouchers!  this Woofstock weekend only, scruffy dog is offering a very special Woofstock package of the usual 2-3 hour Regular Rover shoot and a print/product package that includes a gallery canvas-wrap, coffee-table photo book, too many professional prints to list and more, at a savings of 55% !  but, you’ve got to come down to Woofstock to take advantage of it.

so brave the weather!!  come on by!!  the scruffy dog booth is located down near the intersection of Scott and Front Streets, facing south and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

my staff and i will be there to answer all of your questions and meet your wonderful pooches … we have a ton of photos and products on display, and yeah, i’ll have my cameras.

hope to see you there!!!


Holly Garner-Jackson - Hey girl!!! Good luck to you. I know how hard you’ve been preparing for this extravaganza! I hope it exceeds your wildest expectations. You and your cameras rock.




karen - I hope the rain holds off for you. Have a great time.

Tori - Hey Girl! Good Luck tomorrow!! I wish I could be there it looks like a real blast. Rain would not keep me away. Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

tee4tia - Darn, I was in TO last weekend. I just know it will be a great success for you. Wish we were there too.

Darlene - Good Luck…..

I don’t know about back east, but out here on the Wet Coast, a little bad weather doesn’t stop us at all, if it did we would never get out of our houses, except for our 2 weeks of summer.

I hope this is hugely successful for you and Scruffy Dog.

gearing up for Woofstock!

although we’ve wanted to attend in previous years, scheduling has never allowed us.  but this year scruffy dog will be at Woofstock!


and we’re pretty psyched!!

for those who can attend — JUNE 12/13 — we’d love to see you and your four-leggers!

for past scruffy clients, you might even find yourself on “the wall” or in one of the studio photo books!   so stop in.  browse the pretty pics.  chat a bit.  have a biscuit (graciously provided by The Barkery in Stratford).  and if you like, book a scruffy dog Woofstock special.

there’s definitely something for everyone at Woofstock … make a day of it.  heck, make a weekend of it.  either way, we’d love to see you there!


andrea - sophie and i will stop by at woofstock!! :) so glad you are going to be there!! :)

Holly Garner-Jackson - Love this part of your display, illona. I really wish I could come. It looks like it would be a blast. Hope you get more clients than you ever dreamed of and maybe a few new commercial gigs, too! Good luck!!

illona - seriously?! no dock diving?! i can’t believe that, Jen. they’ve had it previous years, and since Woofstock only gets bigger, i’m surprised they’re not having it this year.

well, that sucks.

Jennifer - What FUN….but I noticed….no dock diving? what kind of event leaves out dock diving? :) Blue refuses to go.

Maybe I can make it next year, looks like fun.

merrick gets a bath

just a quickie entry … thought i’d share a few bath photos from earlier today.  merrick will be meeting his grandma for the first time tomorrow and i thought he could use a little sprucing up …


you’d never know this little rescued, puppy-mill guy hates baths even more than he hates the camera … but with the right treats, and enough promises of “balls”, i managed to get him through his short shoot like a pro.


… even managing to squeeze in a towel shot.


of course, no dog will ever own the tub — or the camera — quite the way morley did.


… or will they ever play the sympathy card with quite as much skill as the old man could.



Sandy & Ryker - Dang, he’s good!

Claire - haha, these are great!!! he is hilarious!

leesia - these are all so stinkin’ adorable! i’ve been meaning for years to get bath shots of my kiddos…and you got it in the first few weeks of his addition! you put us pet photogs to shame. :p he is such a cutie — congratulations!!

Susan Owen - Chrissy – Oh my God these are adorable!!!

chrissay - have never seen such amazing pictures!! just love your work, the images are incredible!! Love that dog!!!!

Jill - I am in love with Merrick. And Morley….that boy looks like he was a pro on playing the sympathy card. Love these photos!

Marci Liroff - LOVE THESE!
aww Morley….!

karen - Love the towel shot.

Michelle - I love that soap-hawk!! Merrick sure hides his dislike for the camera and the bath well. He’s so photogenic and adorable!

kate - he is irresistably cute, but morely so has him on the woe is me vibe. what a sweet set.

Sherry in MT - I love that towel shot!

Lisa - Merrick is his own unique, adorable self, but… Those last two photos brought tears to my eyes. The one and only Morley.

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