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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.

winter cat special! book now

yes, at scruffy dog photography we love cats too, even though they can sometimes be a little less cooperative than the average Rover.


and winter is a fantastic time to photograph your feline friends indoors …


with much more natural light flooding through those windows, it’s the perfect opportunity to capture wonderful natural-light images.




and honestly, it beats the heck out of freezing my fingers around the grip of a camera at -15C.   so for the next eight weeks, scruffy dog photography is offering its very first cat special!



book your feline’s photo-session to be shot before March 21st and receive a $100 worth of fine-art prints!  Yup, $100!



of course, if you have two or more cats — as with dog shoots — i always recommend the “extended Rover” to double the shoot time and, more importantly, double the finished images of your feline kids.


to book now, contact us through the website or email us (links at the top of the blog).  we’d love to meet your furry friends, and capture their nine-lives of memories for you!


we look forward to hearing from you!


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  • leesiaLOVE these. the one in the window w/ the lens flare and the one pawing at the camera are particularly awesome. great work!ReplyCancel

  • Claireevery one of these shots is fab! i love how they FEEL like winter, in the best possible, super cozy way.ReplyCancel

sometimes we get a little stir-crazy around here

forgive me viewers, it has been two weeks since my last confess … er … posting.

with the Christmas rush over, things have finally quieted down somewhat at scruffy dog headquarters.  then again, “quiet” is always a relative term … i thought i’d share a few images of what my two scruffies view as quiet time …





in an attempt at a psych-out, morley’s spin-and-reverse maneuver stops matea in her tracks …


… and causes a near collision …


and as the old man loses interest matea drags her bunny into the fray …



but morley’s done …


for those who don’t know it, morley is 14 1/2 (adopted at 9 years of age).  honestly, he doesn’t play much, especially with the queen of terror … so when these two DO get their rip on, it’s something i definitely try to capture.

enjoy yourselves, and your dogs!

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  • illonathanks, everyone. as morley is aging rapidly and losing his sight, i know i’m going to treasure these photos.

    leesia … bounced flash, camera set to shutter priority.ReplyCancel

  • leesiawhoa! indoor action shots with no blur?! i am in awe. such great every-day moments captured here.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleGreat shots! Looks like they were having a blast!ReplyCancel

  • karenOh those two!!!! Love the photos.ReplyCancel

  • JennGreat images, I love it when dos get their crazy on:>ReplyCancel

  • Happy 101 Award[…] Scruffy Dog Photography […]ReplyCancel

this year, please … do something for just one dog

this video was forwarded to me by a rescue group. you’ll need a hanky (unless you’re a stone), but please watch it.

please adopt, don’t shop. and PLEASE, make this the year you do something … for just one needy dog.

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  • PrincessangelI am sobbing right now! This video needs to be aired on TV for all to see! Thanks for sharing! I support animal rescue!ReplyCancel

  • illonathank you, everyone, for taking the time to view this video and to pass it on.

    i hope to be able to share some photos of Stanley here soon!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie BeyerHi illona,

    Great message — thanks for being a voice for these loving animals!ReplyCancel

  • tee4tiawhen I see images of dogs at shelters, it’s so heartbreaking and overwhelming to me. But thanks for reminding me that if we all do just one thing, whatever it is, we can make a difference. Thanks for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • utskiWow… powerful! a hanky is an understatement…

    Nice to see the update that he is wagging his tail more and has been neutered… that moment of his first little tail wag was too precious.
    I have added a link to the video on my facebook as well. I hope someday all of the pets will have loving homes; till then I will repeat these messages… spay & neuter your pets! Adopt a pet!
    thanks for sharing this amazing storyReplyCancel

  • KamalaAww man, that was touching. He seems soooo sweet and he reminds me of so many dogs I’ve seen in the shelters; so messed up yet so forgiving. Thanks for posting this.ReplyCancel

  • illonathank you so much, everyone, for taking the time to view and comment on this video.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie HornerHeartwarming and heartbreaking. I have been thinking about this sweet guy all day.ReplyCancel

  • EmilyIt’s awesome that you posted this video! Stanley is being brought up to be placed into a Vancouver Island based rescue. They asked Adam and I if we would foster him, but there are so many people who want to take him as a foster that he’ll most likely be going to my friend Michelle.

    Right now Stanley is at a vet in California. He’s been undergoing treatment for his mange and he’s been neutered. He should be heading up here in a couple weeks, and, if we don’t take him, we’ll be having regular play dates with Daisy and Olive, so I’ll be able to post some update videos on flickr for you!

    I have the password/login for the webcam to his kennel at the vet so we can watch him all day. He mostly sleeps, and when he’s not sleeping he’s wagging his tail at the vet techs who change his blanket and water.ReplyCancel

  • EllenThis made me cry but was well worth watching. This needed to be brought to people’s attention. Unfortunately,there are many dogs like Stanley. Thanks for showing this video.ReplyCancel

  • JeanVery touching Illona. There will always be a rescue here.ReplyCancel

  • RogHeart breaking!ReplyCancel

  • MargaretOK Illona, I can hardly see my keyboard, what with the tears and all. But, what a great video, and Stanley’s story is well worth the tissues. You and the video are so right – so many dogs available at shelters and rescues. He looks like such a sweet boy, and shar pei – all or part. Thanks for sharing this heart-wrenching story. Really. Whose heart doesn’t need a wrench sometimes?ReplyCancel

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