Both are regarded as outcasts by society. They live side by side on the streets of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and face similar challenges. Perhaps that is why they have a special relationship: street children and stray dogs.
The two can often be seen sleeping together, sharing warmth and a bit of comfort. Street kids like having their 'own' dog, who follows them loyally and lives on a diet of biscuits and left overs. Famous is the example of a street boy who jumped into the river when a dog was in danger of being swept away, and managed to rescue the mongrel.
Nepalese dogs share the streets not only with street children but also with cows, monkeys and birds. The dogs of Swayambunath temple have a relatively peaceful existence due to generous offerings by devotees but still tend to suffer from skin diseases and birthing problems.
The participants are proud to show 'their' dogs, who share the streets with them. The children have great abilities in managing stray dogs.
The bus ride to Chobar Animal Sanctuary is an adventure in itself.
The boys arrive at the shelter and are greeted by barking dogs.
Dr Surendra Basyal explains what kind of work is being done in Animal Nepal's dog outreach and rehabilitation programme.
One of the boys spontaneously starts cleaning the kennel area.
This boy has chosen his favourite puppy.
Artist Mike Lilly provides sketch books and colours to the participants. The children make drawings based on what they have learned about dogs.
This participants loves the art session the most.
Some of the boys find it hard to say good bye to the shelter dogs.
Street children, as do street dogs, have much to benefit from each others company. This young boy wishes he could take this puppy back with him to the streets.