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Downtown Toronto, young girl takes her two large dogs, boxer and bullmastiff (I understand that from the picture it's hard to tell that she has two dogs with her, you will have to trust me on that) for a walk. Reality of big cities is that on many occasions poeple, especially females don't always feel secure when walking alone, having a large dog is definetely a good visual crime deterrent.

I wish I had a picture where she is half a meter ahead so her head doesn't touch the building, and have the car driving on the right at the same time.

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Inspired by our own Viviane Faguay and a magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt I have finally decided to take a stab at combining my two passions, dogs and photography.

In my attempts I will not try to show pictures of dogs, but will try to present pictures with dogs in them.

In Northern America dogs are a big part of our society, they aren't just dogs or animals, they are companions and family members. Many of them lead a wonderfull life as part of a family, taking part in many of our activities, in some cases this is taken to the extreme and they are treated like barbie dolls wearing designer clothes or having their fur coloured. There is also other extreme where thousands of them are abused, neglected, some used for dog fighting or other criminal activities, thousands are euthanized in shelters each year simply because there is noone to claim them. On one hand there is a small group of hobby breeders trying to produce the best specimen possible for a breed, on the other hands we have some businesses mass produce them just like chickens to have them sold in petshops.

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