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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.

those red dogs again

you met them here first, now see them again! those crazy red dogs Jake and Diesel …




these crazy dogs belong to trainer Diane Holmes of Holmes on Hounds in Toronto.


with a full shoot in Toronto a couple of weeks ago, you’re probably wondering why you’re seeing them again.  well, this was a first for me … the first time that i wasn’t completely satisfied with the images shot during a session.  mind you, the finished images from that first shoot turned out better than i’d initially anticipated they would when i first previewed the images after the shoot, and Diane was thrilled with the results from that first shoot … but i knew the true potential of these wild and gorgeous dogs.




when shooting in Toronto, the park was crowded because of the last warm weather of the season … kids, dogs, walkers, and gawkers … sometimes the dogs were distracted, other times bystanders were getting into the frame. the light was also extremely harsh, with long sharp shadows cast everywhere by the leafless trees.  so … i invited Diane to my neck of the woods for a second session because i happen to think ‘my turf’ is pretty fantastic.


… especially for red dogs.



of course, the downfall of doing this second shoot is that now Diane has a HUGE number of images she has to sort through and choose from!  i know i didn’t make it easy for her.


the red dogs thoroughly enjoyed their outing in spite of a long hike in the morning before the shoot!  lots of rough-housing …


and rolling …


and team-sniffing.


and when that Diesel girl gets her crazy on, she sure can rip!


thanks, Diane, and thanks Jake and Diesel for an absolutely fabulous second shoot!


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  • moonflowerthe butt bite is awesome!!! :O)ReplyCancel

  • LizBeautiful work once again – I know she’ll love them!ReplyCancel

  • FrankLeave it to you to reach “full potential”. Amazing as always!!ReplyCancel

  • MarciYep, definitely RR mixes. They even “play” the same way. ROUGH!
    Gorgeous photos. First shoot was great but this one is really special!ReplyCancel

get your christmas on!

okay, everyone … i know this is a photography blog … so what’s a video doing here?  well, i simply can’t resist.

like me, you’ve probably seen this one before — with over four million hits on youtube, who hasn’t?  — but i swear, even if you have seen it, it’ll still put a huge smile on your face.  and if you haven’t, well, enjoy!!

i LOVE this dog’s spirit!  (and do watch the whole thing … the best segments are around 1:20)

now, are we all ready for snow?  cheers!

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  • TailsHahahaha love it!! We dont get snow here 🙁 but I always wondered what my dogs would do if they saw snow 🙂

    There’s another video of a cat’s first encounter with snow, the talking is a bit annoying (“KITTY KITTY KITTY KITTY”!), and its not as funny as your vid, but the ginger cat is cute 😛

  • DenisI hadn’t seen that one yet. Hilarious! That is definitely a lot of snow. I was loose my basset hound in there for sure. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MargaretPlowing and jumping through the snow like that is a TON of work! Yet Bailey is still happy and doesn’t look a bit winded. I wonder if he slept well after that workout? (I’d be exhausted!!!) I went snowshoeing a couple years ago in snow a bit deeper than that, and wow! that’s a lot of work! It was fun, but both my brothers and I, and the dog, all took a nap afterwards. 🙂ReplyCancel

the burgess dogs

this entry is a little late … it’s hard to keep up and unfortunately not every shoot ends up on the blog … but i’ve been meaning to share these two for a while.

meet Laser …


… and Crystal.


and don’t let those white hairs fool you … she can keep up with wild brother Laser just fine.



these two crazy dogs belong to vet Lisa Burgess, who takes care of my girl matea and her acupuncture needs.  you can find Dr. Burgess’s link at the bottom of the blog.  during our lovely fall outing with dogs and kids, i had a blast with the entire pack, even though at times i didn’t know which way to point my lens, there was so much going on.  because of privacy issues, i’m sharing with you here only the dog segment of the shoot … and Laser had antics enough to keep us all entertained.  from fetching potatoes in the recently plowed field …


… to soaring over the yet-to-be-harvested soy bean fields.



Crystal was a doll … keeping me company on the deck afterwards …


… and even getting a little playful.burgess-527


even wild-man Laser enjoyed some quiet time …


but mostly, Laser was all about his boy …


i loved watching these two interact …


thanks, Lisa, and thanks kids … and Laser and Crystal … for a very memorable afternoon.  see you soon!

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  • nickI love all those big open fields as the backdrop.. That playbow shot is too cute!!ReplyCancel

  • illonathanks, meredith. but actually, that’s a potato not a ball! he found it in the field and decided to take it with him. apparently Laser likes potatoes. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Meredith RamsayThese are soooo amazing! The one with the ball is great!ReplyCancel

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