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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

honk if you see us!

although winter tends to be a quieter time, we do get around town a lot … maybe even around your town sometimes! and the scruffy dog mobile is often a headturner … just the other day we had a woman laughing and waving from her car next to us as her lovely wheaten bounced in the back seat.

so hey, if you see us out and about, give us a honk and a wave!

  

karen - Saw you turning onto Pastern last night and here I am this morning. The ad works!!

Tamandra - How cool! I’ve been wanting to do that to my green Honda Element since I got it, two years ago already. I’m a sticker freak, and the back has lots of dog related ones, and a few political ones. Guess those would have to come off if I was going for professionalism ha ha. I found a WOOF trailer hitch cover, too. Have you notice it turning heads? Looks really, really great!

mari - oh man….someone correct my grammar …..I should learn to proofread.

I still love the graphics and think your ride looks stylin.

emily priestley - that looks great, illona! i love it, especially the “let me shoot your dogs” part. i’d be intrigued if i saw that car drive by.

Allison F. - THIS looks awesome!!!! Really pro and so fun. Love the “WOOF” sticker as well…. very cute.

For some reason, I’m thinking that decalling my rusted out suzuki swift might NOT help my business profile so much 🙂 LOL

mari - Oh I love this! Too fun! And I am always enjoy ironic humour. I’d wave at you too. You think your busy now….

before the snow fell …

… i managed to get in as many shoots as possible to take advantage of the autumn colors and wonderful warm light.  unfortunately, my schedule hasn’t allowed me to share with you all of my clients’ images on the blog … hopefully the quieter winter months will allow us to revisit some of these wonderful fall faces.

but having just finished working on big Dexter’s images, i thought i’d share …

this big pup was a joy to spend time with … whether it was romping in the woods

… tearing up the golf course after the scruffy dog  Cuz ball that was a definite hit with the young guy …

… or protecting us from those vicious autum leaves.

he’s a handful, but Dexter is going to grow up to be an amazing man, and the bond between him and Alison is already strong … a pleasure to see.

i grew up with shepherds, so it’s always wonderful to spend time with such a breathtaking example of the breed, not to mention be able to turn my cameras on him.

thanks, Dexter for a memorable afternoon, and thank you, Alison, for sharing your big guy with me.

  

Fred - Your consistently wonderful work is inspirational. The dog breathe is, of course, beautiful and I really like the sharp focus on his bright white teeth as he tries to catch a leaf.

Tamandra - Oooh! A GSD! He’s adorable, beautiful…and what huge paws! Love the leaves, and the breath in the air. Gotta love a good German-line GSD.

Jill Beninato - These are amazing….the ones where the dog is jumping and biting at the leaves are my favorites. Your work is really wonderful. I will add you to my blogroll! Enjoy your bracelet!

emily priestley - love these shots. he’s really a beautiful guy, so photogenic! i love how in some shots he looks wise and regal, and in others he looks like a big, goofy pup!

Samantha Webster - I love this website, I love scruffy dogs and I think you capture the dogs personalities so wonderfully. Thank you…it always brings a smile to my face

Arings - Hey these are amazingly awesome shots! German Shepherds have always been my favorite.every single moment that you could grab in your lens are really really mind blowing. I’m also working this breed and running a GSD blog too. You can Check it out and let me know what you think.

http://aringsburgkennel.blogspot.com (GSD blog)
and
http://welcomedoglovers.blogspot.com (general dog blo)

Craig - I think my favorite is the next to last one. Or maybe the one with his breath. Great shots!

wendy - I love the one where you can see his breath but the second one of him dancing in the leaves is my favourite. Great capture.

morley-approved

as my clients – and their dogs – well know, i never arrive at a photoshoot empty handed … well, besides 60 lbs of camera equipment hiked over one shoulder and a fistful of crumpled up mapquest directions.

no, i come prepared.  and i’m not just referring to the extra poop bags in my pockets, for those whoops moments when owners have run out.  we’re talking yummy treats that have never failed to turn around even the shyest of clients …

how i start a session

well, okay, there was that one shiba inu that wasn’t going to be won over with anything short of a belly-dancing chihuahua slathered in cheez whiz.  but generally, even the most shutter-shy pooch can be brought around with Natural Balance’s rolls cut up into small pieces and doled out with good timing.

and then there are the Cuz balls … the complimentary toys which i bring to every shoot … guaranteed to rouse any dog’s attention and drive any owner insane.  whoever invented these nightmares, I LOVE YOU, because even if a pampered pooch has their own collection of Cuz’es, the prospect of a new Cuz — each with their own, distinctive, high-pitched squeal — is bound to send any dog to a new high, regardless of the extent of their own collection. 

and of course, all Cuz balls that leave scruffy dog headquarters are thorougly inspected, tested, approved, and endorsed by morley.

  

Tamandra - OK, guess I’m gonna have to get one for my guy, and let myself go insane with the squeaking ha ha. That is the sweetest shot of Morley. The terrier with the most Cuz’s wins 🙂

Wendy - I just have to say the words “baby cuz” (it is what we call the little one) and my retriever cross gets excited. They are the best toys ever!

amanda - great photo! LOVE the cuz’s!

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