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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.

two new pages on the scruffy dog blog – NUTRITION & VACCINES

as some of you already know, the scruffies (and the not so scruffy Aslan) — being true carnivores — have been thriving on a natural, species-appropriate diet for almost 7 years now.  this undertaking is not done lightly.  it is well-researched, carefully planned out, analyzed, and — as such — is respected by my vets.  they see the health in my dogs.


raw-feeding is just one of the several dog-related topics that frequently come up in conversation during a lot of the scruffy dog photoshoots, and i do my best to educate based on my experience and my research.  however, because of a recent rash of inquiries into raw feeding as well as the potential dangers of vaccinations, i’ve added two new pages to the scruffy dog blog.

105570975_d076577129_b3i simply can’t respond to everyone’s inquiries and often i feel as though i’m spinning why wheels trying to supply different individuals with the same information over and over again to start them on feeding a species appropriate diet or helping them understand vaccinations.


so, the pages are up … and they can be found at the bottom of the blog under the “about” column. or you can follow these links:


the truth about VACCINES

i hope this helps at least a few people get started on the right road.  YOU are your dog’s advocate, their voice and their guardian.  no one cares more deeply for your dog than you do, so why should you put their well-being and life in the hands of others without researching first? know the facts. take control of your dog’s health.

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  • CarolynI’m so thrilled to see someone getting this message across. My pup was over-vaccinated so I recently started educating myself on the whole vaccine issue. I found a wonderful vet (Dr. Beltran) who supports my thinking. I want to switch my dogs over to a species appropriate diet but I found myself having a lot of questions so I formed a yahoo group in the hopes of attracting some knowledgeable Ottawa raw feeders. Here’s the link if anyone is interested in joining. I sure could use all the advice I can get!

  • LizI am linking to this from my Ottawa Dog Blog. Someone wrote an article about feeding raw and it was very well received – I’ve linked in the comments to this blog post as well as your page as a great resource. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • C. CarterTHANK YOU! I really appreciate you taking the time to post this very valuable information!!ReplyCancel

kiera – love this girl!

meet doodle Kiera …


you’ve already met her in her sneak peek, but here she is in all her scruffy glory.



for having severe hip dispylsia, this wild girl can move.


on a gorgeous november afternoon, we had a splendid walk out in Elmira. i love when clients find awesome locations with a variety of backdrops, from grasses …


to a beach …


and forest paths …


and lots of room to run.


i loved working with Kiera and her mom, Karen … lots of great conversation and a most accommodating model.



she only pretends to be bashful.


Karen and Kiera make an awesome team …


even when Kiera was modeling for me and lavishing me with all that scruffy love, she still kept an eye on mom.


and the little beach was fantastic … one of my favorite backdrops, where dogs can really be dogs …





just a  fun-loving, easy-going girl …






thanks, Karen and Kiera, for a fabulous afternoon.  i hope you enjoy your images.


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  • tee4tiathese are stunning images. if it weren’t for the mileage, how I would love for you to photograph my spoos. Maybe one day.ReplyCancel

  • nickWhoa a beautifully scruffy session indeed 😀 SCruffy dogs + shaking = awesome hahaReplyCancel

  • illonathank you so much, everyone, for your visits and comments. this girl is still very much on my mind … such a wonderful dog.ReplyCancel

  • [MoGi]What an awesome shoot Ilona! I just love how you’ve captured the intense bond between kiera and karen, but the photos are all so incredibly well shot.I bow my head.ReplyCancel

  • andreasuch beautiful shots…love the colours and tones! the close-up of her eye is stunning! great job as usual, illona. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ChristinaElbow out with the piano in the background. Priceless! What a beauty!ReplyCancel

  • MargaretYOu’d sure never know about the hip dysplasia. What a wonderful set of pictures, and a wonderful dog!!! She and her person obviously adore one another. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • AndaWOW Illona – these are amazing! I love the one where Kiera’s sitting on the hardwood floor in the house, the tones and light are fabulous! And the walk in the forest next to Karen – wow!

    You are such an inspiration for all of us who love to photograph our canine companions.ReplyCancel

thinking about a unique, one-of-a-kind gift?

it’s not too late to add a piece of scruffy dog under the tree this year for your favorite family member, your closest friend, or even your best friend — Rover himself … and Fi-fi too.


sessions can be paid for in full, or dollar amounts can be purchased to be applied to a session … whatever fits your budget and situation.

of course, gift certificates are available year round, but for those looking for something different to make their loved ones’ Christmas morning a little more exciting …


… a scruffy dog gift certificate is a great option.  just contact me via the website to get yours!

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