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Look how his dog blends into the backing landscape. I think perhaps he may be a poodle, one bred for the hunt, as poodles are superb waterfowl dogs. Everything here is a muted, brownish shade until you get to the boy's dazzling face, hair, and framing collar. You could be forgiven for thinking of the dog as window dressing, but Stuart has shown such a look of shining adoration on his face as he looks up at his boy.