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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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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 scruffy a beef tendon to gnaw on, and enjoy the photos and ramblin's.

this boy bauer

yeah, i’m behind on blog entries … in fact, i’m not even posting all my client sneak peeks.  sorry, guys.  for those of you with blogs of your own, i think you’ll understand how hard it is to keep up, especially during these late summer months leading into fall when we’re at our busiest here at scruffy dog.  i promise to try harder …

in the meantime, i have to share with you all one of my favorite clients, bauer.

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if you’re thinking he looks familiar, you’d be correct.  bauer had his first shoot last winter. now it was time for some summer shots … time for wheat fields, green grass and sunsets … and the Cuz ball that bauer has coveted since i gave it to him at our last shoot … bad mommy and daddy for removing the squeaker!! 😉

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camera-shy, sometimes-skittish, and terrified of skiers during our shoot last winter, bauer’s my boy.  he’s work, don’t get me wrong … a careful balance between treats and building confidence, pushing him past his fears vs. pushing too far.  this is where experience with dogs is a must, and this is where i thrill at the results … when we can be out walking on a trail and i simply call bauer’s name and he spins around to come running back to me and the scary camera where only an hour ago he was desperate to find his dad’s legs to hide behind. brave bauer.

of course, even the wheat fields seemed a little daunting for this boy at first …

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but a short course of tossed-in treats quickly helped to overcome bauer’s fear of the wall of wheat, and he was diving in like a pro.

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and with the high wheat conquered, enough treats to bolster him, it seemed that nothing could quash bauer’s new-found courage, even when staring down the previously terrifying lens …

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in fact,  he became a downright ham.

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then it was back to the playing field for some frisbee.  of course, i should have believed R.J. when he told me i needed to back up more…

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so i did.  i only wish bauer had been a little more energized.  i’ve seen this boy run and leap, and that afternoon, he just didn’t seem to have much in him and i know R.J. was really after some great leap shots.  then again, none of us is getting younger.  🙂

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so we took another short walk in an adjoining field for a few more shots …

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caught the last of the rays …

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and because he’s a shy boy, i always like to leave ’em with their tails held high … one of the last shots out of the camera …

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thanks, bauer, for yet another great shoot.  you’re the grooviest little black dude i know.  and thanks Karen and R.J. for all your support over the months, and mostly for loving your boy so much.  i look forward to your studio consult.

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karen - We couldn’t be happier! Your photos capture Bauer perfectly. Thanks for taking the time to win him over. And you wheat field suggestion was right on. Your the best, we can’t thank you enough.

nick - Awesome location shoot 🙂 I love the second last one with the tail up ahha 😀

get your free scruffy dog mini-shoot!

in keeping with our continued efforts to give back,  this year scruffy dog photography will be shooting the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society calendar.  this is your opportunity to win a free mini-shoot and a place in the KWHS calendar.

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how cool would that be? but time is limited!  submissions have to be in by SEPTEMBER 1st.

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so here are the GUIDELINES as posted by the K-W Humane Society on their website:

Calendar Contest
Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society’s 1st Annual Photo Contest will consist of 30 pre-chosen photos to be voted on.
These pictures can be a themed, captioned or funny pet photo that you have taken. The top 30 submissions will be selected by the KWHS Staff and then you will be able to vote on which photo you like the best!
The top 12 pet photos will win a place in our Annual Fundraising Calendar and a private mini photo shoot with Scruffy Dog Photography (valued at $75). Dates for the photo shoot will be arranged with winners and Scruffy Dog Photography (to be completed before Nov 7th). In addition, one lucky winner will become the KWHS mascot and win an Animazing Pet Bath Package (up to a $75 value), free admission to all KWHS events in 2010, and a KWHS gift package.
Remember to submit your photos before the deadline!
Rules & Guidelines- Submitting Photos

  1. All photos must be submitted in .JPG file format via email only.
  2. All photos must be submitted to specialevents@kwhumane.com by the deadline: September 1st, 2009. Please include your name, address, phone number, pet’s name, photo description, and photo caption with your emailed submission.
  3. There is no fee to submit a photo.
  4. One photo per household/family can be submitted.
  5. Photos without vulgarities are preferred.
  6. Photos must be in landscape format and in focus.
  7. Submitted photographs become property of the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society (KWHS) and will not be returned. By submitting your photo, you are granting permission for the picture to be published in KWHS written, online, and media publications.
  8. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

Rules & Guidelines- Voting on Photos

  1. Vote for your favourite photos between September 7th and October 15th.
  2. You can vote via our website, Facebook Fan Page, or by coming into the Centre.
  3. There is no cost for voting- but donations are welcome!

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so get those photos in and let’s see some fantastic faces on this year’s calendar!

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roman

meet Roman …

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it was a hot day down by the beaches for our shoot but Roman was a trooper. of course, i’ll be the first to admit that greyhounds can be one of the toughest models … and i’ve certainly had my share (pre-blog).  sedate, gracious, calm, but often uninterested in the camera and certainly — after having paid their dues on the track — i guess they’ve got more important things to do than ham it up for a camera.

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roman was no exception to the rule.  just  this eye shot alone took over ten minutes of patience …

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… and then sometimes you’ve just got to satisfy yourself with a butt shot …

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the boardwalk was awesome for textures and lines, however Roman wasn’t keen on the wind through the long grasses.

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and of course, the Queen Annes Lace is always one of my favorites to shoot in.

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then back home … ya just gotta do a leg shot when you’re dealing with a leggy boy like this.

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… and with a snoot like this, a nose shot, of course!

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we did manage to get a little action out of the big man …

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… but not much.

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and then there was old girl kitty. maybe this was Molly.  i DO keep the dogs’ names straight but with walk-on kitties i make no promises.

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at one point we tried to get Roman to relax on the couch, but he was having nothing of it.  i just loved the line of his haunches and his tail.

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thanks for a great afternoon, Melanie and Marjo. i hope you enjoy your gallery — i know it’s a big one — and i’m looking forward to seeing you guys at your consult next weekend.

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leesia - these are all fantastic, but that last one — those eyes!!

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