Hello and thank you for visiting Ragamuffin Pet Photography. My name is Caitlin McColl and I have the best job in the world!
Their determination as they race in pursuit of a favourite ball. The warm lean of their body against yours. The soft pads of their paws, curled up on your couch. It's what it's all about.
I pride myself in a down-to-earth approach and personality-filled artwork. No posey pics, no stressful studios - just love, life and loyalty!
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ragamuffin of the month
(a selection of my recent work)
"Molly is the eternal licker. When she gets excited, her anxiety comes out and she licks EVERYTHING - you, your shoes, the floor, the furniture, the air . . . She's a bundle of energy, who just loves to love you.
Maisey is a quieter child (although she loves to jump on her rear legs and bare her teeth at you like a human grin when you get home). My girl are my children, they are my life and they bring me nothing but laughter and unconditional love every single day."
~Molly and Maisey’s Mum, Vaneise
"Wombat and Jackson might not be human, but they are definitely the start of our little family. Jackson was there when I needed him most - my reason to get up in the mornings.
When Wombat and Jackson sleep on my feet at night, not only are they awesome heat packs - they give me such a sense of security and love.
Having the boys has forced me to roll with the punches and become much more relaxed about the cleanliness of our house. I love the little pawprints on our floors, because I know how much love is here!
Our dogs mean unconditional love, laughter and just the right amount of madness - they mean more than the world to us!"
~Jackson and Wombat's Mum, Emily
"Summer was adopted first. She is my rock and the one I find it easiest to communicate with.
Molly was adopted with severe skin issues - now her fur is beautiful and white and thick! She is my princess - everybody loves Molly!
We fostered Tippy, but she fell so in love with Summer that she ended up staying for life. She is a racker and loves fun! She thinks she's a puppy, when really she's 10!
Calvin was completely broken and scared when he came to us from outback NSW. He was so frightened that tt took months just to get him on a leash, but you'd never guess that now! He's a cheeky boy who loves exploring and having fun.
My dogs are my furkids and I'd do anything for them. I've learned so much about helping other dogs and pets with their health, and that's now my passion!"
~ Mum of the Lennox Four, Sharyn
"Putney is the light of our lives, our first born baby! He is extremely loving and playful - a German shredder, shedder and shadow!
He has a beautiful calm, loving nature and has to say hello to every dog he meets.
He loves the beach, water, chasing balls and his human baby, Archie."
~Putney's Mum, Helen
"Rooey was a tradie's dog, who was left at home all the time while her human worked. When we adopted her she was shy and timid.
These days she's a confident lady who loves to play with dogs and isn't scared of people! She's our baby, centre of our world and we love her to bits!"
~ Rooey's Mum, Michelle
"We rescued Rudie when he was 9 months old. It took him a long time before he could fully trust Jordan and I, but he's come so far. His favourite things are doing zoomies around the backyard, barking through our window and stealing toys from his little sister, Ava.
Ava is a crazy ball of energy who is determined to get whatever she wants. She has lots of confidence and enjoys a cuddle when she gets sleepy. Ava's favourite things are stealing shoes, chasing the cat and playing with Rudie in the backyard.
My furbabies bring me so much happiness, I can't wait to get home to them every day! They are always there for a cuddle or a laugh."
~ Rudie and Ava's mum, Kristin
"Stella is the crazy, full of beans one. Olive is an easy going, Mumma's girl.
They both LOVE treats, snuggles on the lounge and going for walks. They live like queens :)
My girls are my entire world. They bring so much love and happiness to my life. I feel so incredibly lucky to have them!"
~ Stella and Olive's Mum, Camilla
"Taffy is a very happy, high energy dog who is known to jump the fence (or anything) if left alone outside. He was surrendered at least twice before I fostered him through Forever Friends Animal Rescue (and failed!)
These days, he's not nearly as anxious as he once was. He is much calmed and can be left alone at home. He loves his routine and coming to work with me to see all his doggy friends.
Taffy has made me so happy and I am so proud of how much he has grown and how confident he has become."
~Taffy's Mum, Holly
"Charlie is a big softy who lives for belly rubs and adventures. He's a bit timid, but he always has Chloe, his protector!
Chloe is a small, but energetic and playful girl. She loves to be anywhere that Kim is!"
~ Chloe and Charlie's people, Thierry and Kim
"Harvey is my furbaby and according to my family, I spoil him! I work from home, so we spend all of our time together (he even has his own seat in my office. He means the world to me.
He has such a personality and cheeky side. Even though he's a little white fluffy boy, he loves to go camping so that he can explore and get dirty!"
~Harvey's Mum, Stacey
"Sunny was only four months old when I adopted her. The day that I picked her up, she was such a bouncy, energetic pup! She's still super active and will play ALL day long (and then collapse in a cuddly ball at the end of it).
I have been lucky to watch Sunny grow and change as she learns new things.
She brings so much to my life and gives me so much to be grateful for. She's always at my heels and I wouldn't have it any other way!"
~Sunny's Mum, Demi
"Before adopting Lola, we were a little apprehensive. We desperately wanted to adopt, but we were worried that we could not love her as much as our boy Tyrone - or that they would not get along together.
I also secretly worried that to love an animal as much as we did Tyrone, you needed to raise them from puppyhood. I thought that you needed to grow together.
I could not have been more wrong.
Lola melted our hearts the moment we met her. Owen and I are extremely protective of our little miss, and would do anything to keep her safe and happy.
We are constantly amazed that someone who was treated so badly for so long can still find joy in the little things and provide us both such unconditional love. Through her many health battles, Lola has been a constant reminder to be grateful for the moment, and to let go of pain and focus on the good."
~ Lola’s Mum, Jessica
"Kyeus had a rough start to life, which almost ended when he was just five months old and his owner wanted to put him to sleep. Fortunately, a vet nurse saved him, and he was surrendered to Forever Friends Animal Rescue, where I foster-failed him.
He is much more relaxed these days. He makes me so happy and he has taught me so much about dog behaviour.
He has quite a few tricks under his paws and he has made me who I am today."
~ Kyeus's Mum, Nhu
"Chico was dumped on the streets at 10 weeks old. He was rescued from the pound by Pets Haven, where I was volunteering. We fell in love and I adopted him the very next day.
Now he is the same bouncy little man (but much chubbier!). He is very smart 0 he can sit, talk and shake and he knew I was pregnant before I did. He is always by my side.
Lola was bought for $5,000 by people who wanted to breed from her. When she could not be bred from they left her outside with no food or water. A kind neighbour convinced them to surrender her - I took her home from the shelter to "foster" and she never left.
She went from being so petrified that we had to handfeed her and carry her in a blanket, to being the sassiest diva on the block! She loves her family.
Tessa was kept in a chicken coop at a puppy factory for the first 9-ish years of her life, pumping out puppies. She came to Pets Haven covered in fleas, with severe dry eye and a back leg so damaged that it had to be amputated.
She has morphed from a dog who had no idea about affection, to a giant cuddly sloth. If you pat her, you may as well get comfortable because she will demand snuggles until she is done!
Kit is another puppy factory rescue. She has made a huge recovery - she spent the first few months in our home hiding under our bed. Now, she will pounce us the minute we sit down, dancing and smiling when we come home."
"Charlie was a puppy farm rescue with a broken tail and Samara was a little girl who grew too big, so her original humans no longer wanted her.
Now they are our family. Along with their four feline siblings, Charlie and Samara bring us immense joy every day!"
~Charlie and Samara's parents, Nic and Paul
"Buster had a rough start to his life, but that all changed the day 1.2kgs of him landed at our house. We fostered him and five of his siblings, and Buster never left.
Buster loves George (and carrots), and our old man is very tolerant of his puppy mayhem!"
~ Buster and George's people, Danielle
"B dog is a monster! She makes me hand feed her twice a day, she snores like an old man, yells at me to throw her ball, and hates airplanes, helicopters, magpies and possums. But she's also my everything. I can be anxious or stressed but just one look into those big brown eyes and everything else falls away. I would do anything for her, she is my best friend, and there will never be a love like the love I have for her." ~ Bella's mum, Rachel
Nellie was adopted from Pet's Haven Animal Shelter - a gorgeous old soul who was dumped at the pound, matted and severely overweight. She has advanced arthritis, but she doesn't let that stop her from running and playing like a young pup when she's excited!
"Nellie brings so much joy to our lives. We LOVE coming home to her at the end of the day and waking up to her sleeping next to our bed. She is absolutely our first born and being her pawrents is our favourite role yet! We always say to each other that since adopting Nellie, our house has become a home."
Nelson is soaking up spoilt city lyf with his sister, Jemima, and their loving humans in Melbourne. He's a dog stuck in a cat's body -a happy-go-lucky boy who loves everyone and enjoys chasing ping pong balls!
Bert is a big sook who loves cuddles, tennis balls, water and most of all his people. He loves to be wherever his mama <3
Ruby was rescued from a puppy farm - she's an adorable little staffy with no sense or personal space who will always try to sneak in a sloppy kiss (or three!)
Her mission in life is to become best friends with every human she meets and her hobbies include tummy rubs and plotting revenge against all cats.
"Scout is the most sweetest and smartest dog and is definitely a 'mummas boy'. Scout works with me as a therapy dog and helps support homeless kids with his cuddles and his unconditional positive regard. Scout and I love doing tricks together as well as agility training and comps together.
Chief is the ying to Scouts yang! He is mister attitude and definitely rules the roost at home. While he enjoys 'booping' Scout on the butt while he sleeps, Chief also has a sweet snuggle side and is a marshmallow underneath all of his big talk. They are the most fantastic family members and we love them so much." ~ Scout & Chief's human, Cassie
One big rescued-pets loving family who I photographed for the Tails of Adoption book - from left to right, we've got Milo, William, Edwina, their hooman bro Sam, Lilah, Edward and Molly!
These animals have come from all walks of life and each have their own unique story, but they've got one thing in common - they all help fill their home with happiness and love!
"Summer is THE best thing that ever happened to me. I got her as a puppy and my mum and I both look after her (we're equally obsessed!). She is very timid, but at the same time inquisitive. She's my angel!" ~ Summer's human, Bianca
Zsa Zsa and Romeo are two adorable little pups with big personalities in their teeny bodies!
Hamish is a cheeky little rescued cat with a face that is impossible to resist!
Bella, aka Belly, was a beautiful soul who spent 15 happy years by the side of her beloved person. She patiently watched over her two human kids and loved her entire family dearly. She will be very, very missed.
Alfie is a cheeky, funny boy is has become his Mum’s sidekick. He was rescued from neglect and has since thrived with love.
Basil was adopted from Onyx Pet Rescue and is now living his best life as a little dog in the big city!
Durin was adopted from Best Friends Pet Rescue with a passion for swimming, ducks and climbing trees. He likes to pretend that he has all the energy in the world, but tends to conk out after a couple of hours of craziness.