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happy new year … with happy dexter

i shot this little guy several weeks ago in the midst of the pre-Christmas madness, so it’s only this week that i’ve managed to get his images finished and his gallery up.   you might recognize him from a couple of my winter images already up on the blog. 


meet Dexter … i call him Little Dexter, since i shot him in the same week as Big Dexter the german shepherd.  Little Dexter was a blast, from the second i walked in the door … all happy wiggles and energetic bouncing, ready to go.   and go we did … we headed off to the dog park under glorious skies …


… and Dexter loves the dog park.




but even after over an hour at the dog park, Dexter’s energy hadn’t waned in the least …


he was still as raring to go as ever, although we did manage to get in a few somewhat more sedate shots …




but Dexter would have still bounced into action if anyone had uttered the word ‘park’ or ‘walk’, i’m quite certain.   here Dexter was watching the ducks in the back yard … i’m sure – given the chance – Dex would have have loved to give those ducks a run for their money.


thanks, Ariel and Dexter for the fun afternoon.  i hope you enjoy your gallery.


illona - yes, grace, this is the 70-200 VR lens. i’m loving it.

glaci frick - Congratulations!!!
You make dog poetry. It’s absolutelly beautifull!!!

leesia - LOVE these!! and i love your masthead, too, btw. so clean and crisp.

Jill Beninato - I love, love, love those action shots in the snow! I wish you could send me some of that white stuff if even only for a day…Really awesome shots Illona.

Liz - Simply stunning.

Nicole - Oh the airborne shot is a definite fave! Love them all.

Grace - These are all incredible! My favorite is the shot of Dexter totally airborne. Are you using “Igor” on your action shots? 🙂

Donna - What wonderful shots…love the one of Dexter flying…wow.

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Idil - Oh, how I wish you could shoot my Odie, Illona. The way little Dexter happily runs reminds me so much of Odie. 🙂 Same kind of energy and enthusiasm… The photos are just AWESOME!!! You did such a fantastic job with this sweetheart 🙂

doggie-bling for doggie-peeps

it’s a somewhat guarded-secret that the bigger clients of scruffy dog receive special gifts for their dogs in the way of a little bling … i won’t say more.  but after numerous doggie-bling purchases, well, i kinda got to feeling that it was time for a little people bling … just a little somethin’-somethin’ to merry-christmas to myself.

well, to be honest, i wasn’t looking, but when i stumbled onto the website of Jill Beninanto – a fellow dog photographer and artist – of Sit Stay Smile Photography in Virginia, and tripped over to her etsy store , i simply had to have one of her leather cuff bracelets.

thanks so much, Jill.  it’s perfect.

and of course, i chose the “fetch” cuff (instead of “woof” or “bark” or any of the others) … well … because of my girl, who means the entire universe to me, and fetches everything and anything i ever need … including my camera bag.


Jill Beninato - Thanks Illona for the plug! I hope you enjoy it and GET that tattoo! If I can do it anyone can…just bring a friend for moral support. If my friend wasn’t there, I may have left with half a tattoo…that would have looked real nice. I love how your dog holds your Crumpler bag…too darn cute! Happy Holidays to you!

Nanbo - I got one of Jill’s bracelets too…..her beloved Clancey! And I loved it!

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….

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