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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

Cody & Carys ~ BLOW project ~ Guelph pet photographer

This is Cody, a rescue boy of unknown breeding, but the owner of a couple of very fabulous ears as you can see in his images from my much-awaited BLOW dog photography project.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this popular pet photography series, I introduced the much-awaited BLOW project in this very first blog entry, and it has become a hit on sites like Bored Panda and across the globe in the UK, France, Estonia, and even Japan among other countries.

Thank you for your fantastical ears, Cody, and for your patience with all that ticklish wind!

And this is Carys, the smooth-coated Border Collie.  Carys belongs to the amazingly talented dog-walker / dog-handler Shannon of Release the Hounds in Guelph.  Shannon helped with most of the sessions in this BLOW series, and her scruffies Carys and Riley were two of my first test models.

Carys was awesome … still young at the time of this session, she had just learned the ‘bow’ command … little show-off.

Thank you, Carys, for being a superstar.  And thank you, Shannon, for all of your amazing help.

Stay tuned right here on the scruffy dog blog for more exciting entries in the BLOW photo series!  You can also see more of BLOW across different online publications like Dog Milk, Dogster and This Dog’s Life (sometimes called Dogs vs Fans) as well as real publications globally.

And if you don’t want to miss a single blog entry and BLOW model, consider ‘subscribing’ for the notifications by email whenever a new blog entry has been posted.  You’ll receive a simple email alerting you to each new blog entry — easy peasy … you’ll never miss another! Subscription signup can be done through the slide-out menu on the left … yup, right over there … or rather ‘left’ over there.  You got it.   See you soon!

  

Susan Humphreys - Hi Illona, I’m not on facebook, so I can’t follow you on there, but I was so pleased to see you back on Flickr. You’ve had a tough
time, and I was so sorry to hear about Matea and Merrick. Love your
new scruffy though! I love your blow project,and actually saw
this about a month ago in the Daily Mail! Your fame is spreading
far and wide!!! They’re awesome photographs. Take care.

Best wishes,
Susan Humphreys
Northampton England.

Spy ~ BLOW project ~ Guelph pet photographer

This is Spy, the Berger de Pyrenes, and these are his images from my much-awaited BLOW dog photo series.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this popular pet photography series, I introduced the much-awaited BLOW project in this very first blog entry, and it has become a big hit on sites like Bored Panda and across the globe in the UK, France, Estonia, and even Japan among other countries.

Thank you, Spy, for being so sweet and so wispy!

Stay tuned right here on the scruffy dog blog for more exciting entries in the BLOW photo series!  You can also see more of BLOW across different online publications like Dog Milk, Dogster and This Dog’s Life (sometimes called Dogs vs Fans) as well as real publications globally.

And if you don’t want to miss a single blog entry and BLOW model, consider ‘subscribing’ for the notifications by email whenever a new blog entry has been posted.  You’ll receive a simple email alerting you to each new blog entry — easy peasy … you’ll never miss another! Subscription signup can be done through the slide-out menu on the left … yup, right over there … or rather ‘left’ over there.  You got it.   See you soon!

  

Dog Gone Smart Pet Products ~ things we love | pet product review

Occasionally the scruffies and I review products that we have either used and loved over the years, or products that seem like they might be of interest to our fellow scruffy-guardians. You can see them all by following the ‘things we love!’ category.  And we plan on adding many more!

This blog entry is about Dog Gone Smart Pet Products in the US, whose products are distributed through select stores or ordered online.  You may know them best for their Dirty Dog Doormat.

Matlin enjoys their Sleeper Cushion with its nano-fleece on one side and sturdy canvas on the other.  It is a light but super well made ‘throw-bed’ for your dog that can be used in a crate or just tossed on the floor, car, or furniture … wherever you think your scruffy might be comfy … great for travel, visiting, even going to the vet.  I know whenever I had to take my old girl Matea to the vet’s I would have loved this portable ‘bed’ for her old bones.

The Sleeper Cushion is treated with Repelz-It which is an advanced Nano-protection and Bacteriostatic technology, and Matlin seems to love either surface — the nano fleece and the canvas.  In fact, I can often find Mirabelle Rufflebottoms enjoying the cushion as well.
The other product of Dog Gone Smart that we’re finding useful is the Dirty Dog Grooming Mitt.  While the rubber nubs don’t exactly work as a brush on Matlin’s longer coat, they have been useful in wiping the snowballs off her legs and paws after outings in the back yard, and then the microfiber side cleans away the wet and dirt.  This grooming mitt has been a fixture by the back door for the entire winter.

For shorter-haired dogs, this mitt would rock as far as whisking away shed hair.

I hope you enjoyed this ‘things we love!’ entry as much as Matlin loves her Sleeper Cushion.  Check out the rest of Dog Gone Smart‘s product line up!

  
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