A Dog's Life: Photographs of pooches alongside the objects that shape their daily lives

Lola Rose, is a white Maltese Shih Tzu mix. She is very spoiled dog that has her own Instagram profile and she’s very much treated as the princess of the house.

"Just like humans, dogs form attachments to their personal possessions and can give us a deeper insight into their identity," says Alicia Rius, of her series, A Dog's Life. "The items that shape their daily routine, that they carry, keep, and even eat – give us a glimpse into their hearts and minds. They show us what makes them most proud or happy and even puts their vulnerability on display. Capturing the things that mean the most to them also captures the heart of the viewer as the dog’s life is fully exposed in one image."

Thus lies the sentiment behind the Catalan photographer's charming photo project. She adds: "All my life I’ve been an animal lover, and when I started doing animal photography I wanted to go beyond just beautiful portraits. I wanted to capture each dog’s unique personality. Most of the time, in order to accomplish this, I would get the subject in action, capturing what they like or do the best.

"However, this time, I wanted to go even deeper and focus on specific objects that, within an instant, anyone can understand the dog’s style of living."

Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Alicia Rius specialises in animal portraits, focusing mainly on dogs and cats. You can discover more of her recent projects at aliciariusphotography.com or follow her on Instagram

Meet Bear, the English Bulldog. English Bulldogs are known for their stubbornness and sometimes get frustrated when they don’t get what they want. So how does he channel all that frustration? By chewing everything he can!

Meet Bear, the English Bulldog. English Bulldogs are known for their stubbornness and sometimes get frustrated when they don’t get what they want. So how does he channel all that frustration? By chewing everything he can!

Meet Magda, the very old dog. Her foster mom told me her story about how ill she was when she was surrendered at the shelter. Since then, Magda has endured a journey of vet visits, medications, skin treatments, daily injections, all to get her back on her feet. But despite her painful story, she is fueled by love and hope.

Meet Magda, the very old dog. Her foster mom told me her story about how ill she was when she was surrendered at the shelter. Since then, Magda has endured a journey of vet visits, medications, skin treatments, daily injections, all to get her back on her feet. But despite her painful story, she is fueled by love and hope.

Here is Zig, the Afghan Hound that spends most of his days competing in dog shows to compete (and win!) the All-Breed Show title.

Here is Zig, the Afghan Hound that spends most of his days competing in dog shows to compete (and win!) the All-Breed Show title.

The Australian Shepherd is a very high-energetic breed that is well known for their intelligence and their obsession to fetch just anything. Knuckles most definitely fits that breed standard; hence, the frisbees and medals that show how good he is when he competes.

The Australian Shepherd is a very high-energetic breed that is well known for their intelligence and their obsession to fetch just anything. Knuckles most definitely fits that breed standard; hence, the frisbees and medals that show how good he is when he competes.

Here is Marmaduke, the street dog. He is a rescued Pitbull mix. Because of his breed, he was abandoned and lived on the streets to survive as a scavenger. Life on the streets is very rough, tiresome, and hopeless. So I knew I had to capture his journey in his eyes next to all the rotten food which was basically what he ate before being rescued.

Here is Marmaduke, the street dog. He is a rescued Pitbull mix. Because of his breed, he was abandoned and lived on the streets to survive as a scavenger. Life on the streets is very rough, tiresome, and hopeless. So I knew I had to capture his journey in his eyes next to all the rotten food which was basically what he ate before being rescued.