An Australian Shepherd is captured as it leaps into the air in hot pursuit of a bright red tennis ball on a sunset-bathed beach at Rincon, California, September, 2008.

This beautiful Aussie is a young female called Charlie. She had one striking blue eye and a balanced, almost classic conformation, though we are not expert enough to know if she fits the Australian Shepherd breed standard. By classic we mean timeless beauty. There was much to admire in her athleticism, keen interest in all around her and obvious intelligence. She was clearly also a much loved and happy girl.

We think this dog picture captures the magic of playing in the natural world with your dog. See more pictures of Charlie by clicking her picture.

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The only thing better than dog pictures and cute photographs of puppies are dogs and puppies themselves. So to celebrate our dog buddies, we are running a regular feature where we publish a single dog picture either shot by one of our readers or produced by

There are no prizes and it is not a contest. But if you have a picture you think worthy of our front page, please upload it to the correct album in our dog picture gallery and then send us a note through our contact page. These pictures can be anything dog related, from portraits at rest to action shots and funny moments.

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