A Dog’s Life in China

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A bird seller sits by his pet dog waiting for customers near Tiananmen Square ahead of the 2008 Olympics on Aug. 5, 2008, in Beijing.

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A woman trains her dog, outfitted against the cold weather, on Dec. 14, 2008, in Chongqing.

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A pet beautician washes a poodle during a training class at a pet grooming school on Nov. 30, 2007, in Chongqing.

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Two dogs at a Hong Kong shopping mall on Feb. 13, 2007, after participating in a mass wedding for pets on the eve of Valentine's Day. The ceremony, which combined Chinese and Western traditions, featured dogs walking down a red carpet and taking an oath of marriage by stamping paw prints on a wedding certificate.

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A pet dog strolls in front of bamboo at the Chongqing Caiyuanba Bamboo and Wood Wholesale Market on Oct. 28, 2007, in Chongqing.

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A Tibetan monk plays with a dog as he chants while studying prayer books at Nanmo monastery in Kangding county, the capital of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in China's southwestern Sichuan province on March 23, 2008.

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A customs officer inspects boxes of clothes from China seized after the discovery of jackets with dog and cat fur collars on Nov. 13, 2008. Some 4,000 jackets with dog and cat fur collars, prohibited in France, were seized by customs officers in Paris in a warehouse of clothing imported from China.

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Vendors argue over a dog destined for the dinner table in Xin Yuan's wild animal market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Jan. 6, 2004.

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Chinese chef Wang Wei Min shows off cooked dog paws at his Chinese restaurant in Tokyo on Jan. 25, 2006. Most Japanese are unaware that dogs are served up at Chinese restaurants in their country, but the dog-eating culture came to light when some 30 dog heads were found dumped in a shallow moat around a Tokyo jail.

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Greyhounds make their way around the track during a race at Songzhuang village of Tongzhou District on Sept. 16, 2006, in Beijing. Songzhuang Village is famous for dog racing.

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A stray dog abandoned because of skin disease sits in a cage at the Chengdu Stray Dog Home on Jan. 4, 2005, in Chengdu, China. 

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Disabled dogs outfitted with wheelchairs walk at an animal rescue center on July 12, 2008, in Chengdu Sichuan province, China. The center adopted over 100 stray dogs and cats from areas affected by the May 2008 Sinchuan earthquake.

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A policeman does a security check with his sniffer dog outside the Great Hall of the People before the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress on March 5, 2006, in Beijing.

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Chinese migrant children sit with their pet dog outside their shanty home in Beijing, Jan. 3, 2005.

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A man takes a walk with his dog along a railway at a shantytown on March 11, 2009, in Shenyang of Liaoning Province.

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