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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

your weekly facebook recap ~ {Ontario pet photographer}

welcome to a lost blog post!  this one dates back to 2012 … a draft of a post that was somehow never published and then lost.  so here it is now … enjoy!

yes, it’s time for another recap of everything you may have missed on the scruffy dog facebook page.  i’m starting to wonder if i should be calling these “your scruffy dog mash-up” since every week we really do have a rather large array of scruffies from different sessions to share with you.  of course, if you’re already following the SDP facebook page, you’re running with the pack and receiving SDP news and sneak peeks as they happen through your newsfeed.  good dog!

and for those who aren’t … well, we wouldn’t dare leave you scruffiless!

first up there was doodle puppy Rosie…

how amazingly cute is she?  i’ll admit that partway through her session, while rolling around on the ground with her, i actually cast my camera aside into the grasses, so that i could scoop this squirming lovebug up into my lap to give her a proper cuddle and sate my cuteness-quota for the day

and how’s this for cute?  this is Bubbles …

and this is Milo … who i renamed Mr. Barkypants … this boy has a ton of character … and barks … a lot.

then there was sweet Cassia, catching the last rays of sun during our session …

and the extremely photogenic Kael … first, in a before-and-after …

and then in full action …

and we had Diesel,  just one of four black cats i photographed the other week in three separate homes … Diesel was a total ham.

Gus Gilbert was a lot of fun to work with …

and then there was sweet old girl Sally, enjoying all the fresh smells of spring …

and, of course, no facebook recap would be complete without the goober.  the other week the Kong pet toy company contacted scruffy dog to ask if they could ship us a box of their toys for us to use at different photo sessions, with the intent that we can share some of the images captured.  problem is, merrick goobernuts mcscruffy assumed that the entire box was sent just for him … he was absolutely giddy with anticipation

if you’d like to see what happened once i unleashed this goober onto the unsuspecting Kong box, you can see it in little clip … not the best quality video, but i think you’ll chuckle…

of course, no toy has quite the allure as his big sister’s favorite soccer ball …

this boy knows how to show a soccer ball a good time …

hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend!


Susan Humphreys - Oh my goodness, how can you resist Merrick. Love Matea sitting
sedately in the background. Your pictures make me want a dog of my
own Now! Great photos as usual. All good wishes for Christmas and
the New Year.

Susan Humphreys

Nicole Hale - This is a great site if you love Dogs!!!

Marylin Scheffer - Such a sweetheart!

Holly Garner-Jackson - Best of the best!

the scruffy pack ~ {Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario pet photographer}

if you follow scruffy dog on facebook you’ll already be caught up on all the latest and greatest happenings with SDP.  but if you don’t, here are just a few of the images of the scruffy pack you’ll have missed over the past year!  i’ve dedicated this blog entry to images of my scruffies (past and present) together.

i’ll start with my all-time favorite image of my girl matea and old man morley together … on our way out for a walk.  for those who aren’t familiar with morley, who is no longer with us, you can find his full bio here.  the short version: he was adopted from the Stratford SPCA at 9 yrs of age, and lived the 7 1/2 years of his retirement with us.

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he and matea were never bonded the way she is with merrick today … although they would ‘hunt’ together out on the trails, morley was always very independent and i think matea’s strong energy didn’t jive with his calm, easy-going temperament.  they were rarely seen sleeping together or touching each other, although they completely respected one another and knew they were a pack.

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when morley was dying from a brain tumor, and we had his seizures and other symptoms under control, i noticed that while he was still fully engaged in the world around him and plugged into life, he simply wasn’t wagging.  nothing made morley happier than another dog (another dog besides matea), and when 6-year-old merrick goobernuts mcscruffy desperately needed rescuing from a life of misery as a puppymill breeding dog, it was the perfect answer for both mcshorties.  (you can read about merrick and his rescue through his bio.)

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we had our pack of three for a short three weeks … but during those weeks morley most certainly wagged and enjoyed merrick’s company, even though it was clear from the start that merrick was ALL about his girl matea.

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from the start, matea has been merrick’s goddess … his sun, his moon, his earth.  although there is no doubt in his bond with me, what matea means to him is indescribable, and i suspect i will never again see it in my lifetime of living with dogs.

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even from the early days, and those first hikes, matea showed her boy the ropes …

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she is his protector …

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… and his best sleeping buddy.

she’s also a bit of a pain in the ass when it comes to her insistence on using him as a pillow.

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and from the very beginning, after some careful choreographing between these two to make sure there would be no disagreements (since matea can be a bit of a hot head), it was clear that she viewed this new scruffnut (even at 6 yrs of age) as her baby.
these two are such a team … and i truly fear the day that one will be without the other.

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i hope you’ve enjoyed this more intimate glimpse into our pack dynamics here at SDP.  feel free to tell us about your pack in the comments below!

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Marylin - I haven’t been checking your website for a while but finally, I’m here again. How beautiful your photographs are. The natural contentment of the dogs in the pictures says it all. Your own two beauties are gorgeous too. There is something in the eyes of a happy dog that stands out. All of your pictures show this expression. I will be back again soon!
My own little guy Mick, will have his 17th birthday in 3 weeks time! Still enjoying his wonderful friendship each and every day.
How I wish you could capture his doggyness in one of your wonderful photo shoots, but I live in Holland and flying is out of the question for my senior friend.

Melanie Reihing - Great work! Some real melt my heart images!

Gde B Putra - Your dogs are really adorable and beautiful. I can see how you really are a dog lover. Keep up the great work, dude!

Sandy Kramer - Stunning photos!! Please do my doggies! :)))

Pupparazzi Pet Photography Melbourne - A really gorgeous set of photos – I love the little fella. Some of his expressions are priceless!

Jayne Rose - Adorable

Pawsntails fotografie - beautiful blog. a story in photos. hopefully these two wonderful creatures will be together for a long time to come but sadly nothing lasts forever in life and when the time comes for one to be left behind, there is always YOU that they hang on to. They never understand where their pal went but carry on depending just that little more on you. Ultimately you are the pack leader. I have lost 2 of my furbabies in the last couple of years, a year apart. Still hurts and couldn`t imagine my Baroeska, the youngest at the time being without a doggie friend so in comes Rylie. As sweet as he is and adores Baroeska, I`m the one she`s most involved with now AND I LOVE IT but how wrong I was. Just haven`t managed the ball catching thing on all 4`s yet for her. Dogs are amazing and can teach us so much. Absolutely love what you do Ilona and wish you many years of joy with your pack.

Donna Rigg - Oh my god what a beautiful blog. Wonderful images and storyline. Made my morning :)

Sue Bouchard - Love this blog … I would certainly be unable to pick my favourite photo as I absolutely love them all! I called Wesley (our latest rescue) over to look at ‘doggy photos’ and judging from how he intently watched the screen he loves all the photos too!

Michelle Bradshaw - My all time favorite blog!!!! I love your babies. xo

michelle bradshaw - This is my all time favorite blog. Oh how I love your babies! xo

wild man Dexter ~ {Waterloo, Ontario pet photographer}

with a backlog of hundreds upon hundreds of images waiting to be blogged, it seems that these days i just close my eyes and click to see who i might have time to put up on the blog.  today my cursor fell upon the photos of this wild boy from his session last spring.  i hope that on this Monday morning they fill you with a little extra energy.

here’s Dexter!

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this boy is a true athlete, and while we did manage to get him to stand still a few times, it was only in anticipation of his ball again!

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thanks, Dexter, for being so handsome and giving me the challenge of your energy.  what a blast!

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Kim Foster - that’s my handsome boy!!

Marylin Scheffer - Your passion for these beautiful creatures shows in each and every photograph. I admire your work Illona.

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