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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.

who doesn’t love a scruffy?

i do! i do!  and this little girl is cuter than a whole pile of cutes!


this is 7-month-old Sasha … adorable’ist of the adorables … with a good dose of giddy-up.




and she loves her mama …


still, i was able to coax her into a few good sprints away from her mom …


with a huge gallery of images for mom Kim, it’s very difficult for me to narrow down the images for the blog, so bear with me …


we had a blast in the park across the street … lots of running …


… and jumping …


… and, of course, keeping a close eye on passersby.


a real little poser …


although sometimes she could be a little coy.



and when this little girl gets her rip on, she goes like stink!



after a good romp, we took some photos at a historic home on the park grounds.  an awesome setting for this sweet little girl …






thank you so much, Kim, for sharing your darling girl with me.  glad you’re enjoying Sasha’s images … sorry I wasn’t able to narrow down the selection any more!


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  • Kathy MasonYup, you caught the spirit of the Havee – when they’re flying through the air, ears streamlined, you got it! After 21 yrs with my spaniel (and Bert), it took something very special – and she’s it. I actually took her to him before agreeing to purchase – his opinion – ‘she’s a keeper’ – to the extent he is her guardian! He adores her. Buck is moving to Bridgeport Plaza in Dec. – I’ve gone to the old office for 50+ yrs.
    Bella is definately something special (I have 31 yrs +ive training).
    At almost 6 mos, she is a beautiful example of the pure breed. Stands about 5″, absolutely gorgeous coat ranging from 4 white paws to blond, apricot, chocolate tips. Loves to pose, a true dancer.
    How do we get in touch with you?ReplyCancel

  • Holly Garner-JacksonI don’t know why I never commented on these before… must have been my dialup problems! An amazing shoot and boy has she ever changed!ReplyCancel

  • Talemaker HavaneseIt was delightful to see Sasha’s images. We own the sire of this litter, Katsura and she looks a lot like him.

    We hold a puppy picnic each year in Richmond Hill. We will have to talk to you closer to the time to see if you are available and what your costs are.

    It is always nice to see your own dog in another dog’s face.

    Your eye is wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • YvonneYour photos are gorgeous and I love the different perspectives you bring to the animals!!
    Just one little point, Sasha is a Havanese and not a terrier. This breed is descended from the Bichon family of dogs and originated in Cuba. They are known for their exuberance and love of all things!! They especially love to “runlikehell” so your comment the she “goes like stink!” brought a smile to my face.ReplyCancel

  • Cat =^..^=These are such beautiful shots Illona! Such a little darling, can see the personality shine right through with these wonderful photos, bet Mom loves these, splendid work!ReplyCancel

  • LainerThe kinky fur on the top of her head cracks me up. She looks like a wild child. Great pics!ReplyCancel

  • Annie KinmondYour pet photos are the best I have ever seen! Honestly, you are sooo good at capturing the personality of a pet with gorgeous, magazine quality results!ReplyCancel

  • leesiaso stinkin’ adorable i can hardly stand it!!ReplyCancel

  • LizOh man is she ever cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • karenI love the one in the park with the leaves, where her hair is standing straight up! Adorable photos and pup.ReplyCancel

  • tee4tiaOh my dog Illona, your talent for capturing their personality is huge. These photos are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • dianeGreat pics! You sure captured Sasha’s personality! Love the running pics – you can just see the wind whipping through her fur.ReplyCancel

get your scruffy dog / KWHS calendar now!

… makes a great Christmas gift and you’re helping the dogs and cats at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society!


calendars are only $15 (no tax) and proceeds help the animals at the centre.  if you’d like yours, they can be picked up from the KWHS at 250 Riverbend Road, Kitchener … or contact scruffy dog photography.  shipping is extra, but we’ll get ‘er there!

if you want to see the calendar cats, you can check ’em out here … and the dogs are here, and here too.

so get your copies now before they’re all gone.

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  • Donna SegelkenHey gal. Love your photos and stories as always. I have your happy puppy and two other photos I purchased, up in my house along with stuff Ive done. Id love to get 2 calendars and if you do Paypal, woot! Let me know.

  • RogIllona, can I paypal you some $ to get one? Didn’t see a “purchase one here form”ReplyCancel

  • andreapicking a bunch up at the humane society on sunday! again…the photos are just wonderful, illona!ReplyCancel

now you can subscribe to the scruffy dog blog!

are you worried about missing the next scruffy dog photography blog entry? or maybe you’re a little bored and just looking for some mail to brighten your day …


well, although you could always subscribe to the scruffy dog photography blog through a feed, now you can subscribe with your email!  by doing so, you will receive an email whenever a new entry is posted … now you can see the most recent clients, the occasional dog info, and keep up with the latest news and specials!

just scroll down to the bottom of the blog and click on the “subscribe to scruffy dog blog by email” … and voila!

cuz, like morley, we know you don’t want to miss a thing.   🙂

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  • Julie MillerI’m sure you receive countless compliments on your photography. You are amazing! I would love to have just a smidge of your talent behind the lens.

    A number of years ago on Flickr – I clicked, stumbled and fell in love with a photo of your Morley (standing in the leaves wearing his coat & little boots). Whenever I’m feeling blue, I just pull up your Facebook page & scroll my way to a lighter heart.

    Thank you for all the hours of enjoyment you have given to me.ReplyCancel

  • KathleenI love your blogs. You really capture the personality of each one. Excellent photography.ReplyCancel

  • JanetI’m glad it’s working! Here’s to many subscriptions!ReplyCancel

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