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The Shaggy Dog story

With over 25 years of experience creating fun photographic and illustrated visuals, Michael Quackenbush is the founder of Shaggy Dog Press. He was Creative Director at Avanti Press for 22 years where he helped build one of the strongest selling collection of greeting cards in the industry. His sense of humor, conceptual abilities and love of animals is represented in the hundreds and hundreds of visuals in the marketplace. Michael is now creating a growing collection of pooch, kitty, critter and funny folk illustrations; photographic and traditional hand drawn, under the Shaggy Dog Press banner for use in a variety of industries and products.

The “Shaggy Dog” of Shaggy Dog Press are Michael’s Jack Russell terriers Kipper, Pee Wee and Scooter. The rest of us here at SDP create contemporary photographic illustrations which convey a sense of fun, optimism and even a little irreverence, but always embodied in an attitude of joy for living. Our objective is to help people smile and to feel as good as we do after that first cup of coffee!

The Shaggy Dog Press office is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home to the UNC Tar Heels, and our favorite color is Carolina blue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy Shaggy Dog Press illustrations?
Shaggy Dog Press images can be found on greeting cards, calendars and wall decor all over the place! Leanin' Tree, RSVP, Design House, Legacy, Portfolio Arts Group to name some friends.

What are your animal welfare policies?
We love all animals and none of our models have ever been harmed or put in duress during photo sessions. We always have a nice supply of treats, water and love during each photo shoot. The photographer and artists are also treated well! Often we collaborate with local adoption facilities, using models while financially supporting their efforts in our community. Check out our friends at the Goathouse Refuge: The Goathouse Refuge

Can my pet be a model for Shaggy Dog Press photos or illustrations?
If you have a favorite photo of a pet and you’re thinking they’d look great in a funny situation for use on greeting cards, send us a small digital jpg file and we’ll take a look. If we like what we see, there’s money in it for your pet!

How can I license Shaggy Dog Press images?
If you’re interested in using our images on your product or advertising, drop us a line and we’ll put you in touch with the top dog.       

© Copyright Notice

All of our images are protected by copyright, and while we love that you like our images, we require that you get permission for use in any form, digital or printed. All rights are reserved.