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Internationally-renowned, award-winning animal photographer Illona Haus is the province's premier pet photographer, serving clients across Ontario, the US and the world. Photographing exclusively animals, both commercially and for private clients, since 2007, scruffy dog photography inc. -- based in Kitchener, Ontario -- is considered one of the world's leading and most influential pet photographers.


To learn more about the scruffy dog experience, its creator and history, as well as how YOUR scruffy can become a part of the SDP family, feel free to browse through the menu above, and scroll through a decade's worth of blog entries below!


Please drop us a line! We'd love the opportunity to capture stunning, creative, one-of-a-kind photographic memories of your 4-legged loved ones to treasure in artwork for a lifetime, and show you just what makes the scruffy dog experience second to none.

baby bailey

i promised you a puppy, and i’m giving you one.  how sweet is this little darling?


i met this little girl a week ago, along with her big sister chloe.  bailey is a mastiff/cane corso cross.


… and i had a blast with this wide-eyed, crazy pup.



whether we were running around in a local orchard …



… or having some fun in the snow.




puppie’s aren’t always the easiest to work with, but i just loved this little girl’s energy.




and, of course, her many expressions …






thanks, bailey, for being such a challenging but fantastic model.


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  • HankaAmazing photos!!!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleOh, I am officially in love. She is stunning and those eyes…..I’m a sucker for a big lug!ReplyCancel

  • JennThese imagws are breathtaking … love the variety , movement and fab-u-lous color:) My goal is to me as great as you are some say. Thank you for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • EmilyYou are the best of the best, the cream of the crop! And please send that puppy out to me! Amazing work.ReplyCancel

  • NatashaGorgeous as usual!ReplyCancel

  • SylviaI LOVE your work! You have such a talent for capturing their personalities.ReplyCancel

  • staceyThese are so good! Such a lovely pup and gorgeous, colorful, lively pictures!!!ReplyCancel

  • Claireholy cow, she is too cute for words!ReplyCancel

  • TinaI just came across your blog; LOVE YOUR WORK!!!ReplyCancel

  • staceyI don’t know how you do it – amazing work!!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Garner-JacksonGreat phots of this soon to be huge puppy. You’ve captured her puppiness as well as her serious side! Love the eye and blink shot together!
    Well done as usual, illona.ReplyCancel

little schnoodley girl chloe

meet Chloe …


… little bundle of schnoodley goodness.  she’s a senior girl who lives in Stoney Creek with her crazy, puppy sister — who you will meet later.  but for an older girl, this little doll-face still gots some moves.



and she lo-0-0-0ves to bark.


on what felt like the warmest February date in history, we hit a variety of locales … from a snowless, grassy field (in February!), to an orchard/market, and i even had Chloe, her sister, and their parents make a U-ey when i spotted that last field of snow on the way home.




and yes, a little mud was involved.


… and a red barn door to die for!




of course, true to that fierce schnauzer character, Chloe had to find an empty mouse nest to dig up …



thanks, Chloe, for being such a little trooper.


stay tuned for the next blog entry where i’ll introduce you to Chloe’s adorable , little … er, big … sister.


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  • MichelleGreat shots! I love the closeup of her face.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene DranfieldI love the ones of her flying high over the snow. I do love the seniors.ReplyCancel

  • Debby Zieglerthis is a beautiful dog and wonderful pictures. . .really captures her spirit. . .we rescued a very abused, neglected schnoodle last year and had her for only 6 months. . a blessing!!ReplyCancel

sneak peek for needle-nosed Ryder

… and i brandish the nickname with nothing but love and respect for this sweet little guy i spent the morning with yesterday.

this is Ryder …


… and you’ll be seeing more of him and our snowy morning very soon.

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  • Holly Garner-JacksonMore! We need more! 😉ReplyCancel

  • tee4tiaGorgeous sheltie and a beautiful work of art. you’re the best.ReplyCancel

  • AndaOMG, what a delightful pup! I like the way he blends in with the dried grass and snow! Can’t wait to see more of Ryder!ReplyCancel

  • TatyanaWhat a handsome sheltie dude! Can’t wait to see more of him.ReplyCancel

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