Visual artist, designer, and musician Marcel Heijnen uses photography to express his curiosity-driven creativity. Originally from the Netherlands, he has been calling Asia home for the past 26 years.


When he moved to Hong Kong he was immediately drawn to an unusual local phenomenon – cats living inside the traditional shops and markets – so he made a photography series. Although focusing on the fabulous furry companions of shop owners, his photographs reveal the busy and colorful behind-the-scenes of Hong Kong’s businesses. His collection of feline businessmen quickly turned into a charming book titled “Hong Kong Shop Cats”, and you can peek into the book by checking the post previously featured on Bored Panda.

This time, Marcel is back with more employed pets that brighten workers’ days. For his new brilliant series “Hong Kong Garage Dogs”, he has captured dogs living in car workshops, guarding them from potential thieves. With all the dirt, oil, engines and generally manly environment, these photos might not necessarily look cute on the outside, but they most definitely prove Marcel’s words: that dogs are “the ying to the shop cats’ yang”.


His new book featuring canine models is launching on November 29th at G.O.D. PMQ.


Scroll down the page to see how dogs blend into Hong Kong’s urban life.

More info: chinesewhiskers.com | Instagram | marcelheijnen.com

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Jaguarundi
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2 years ago

"Can I take the car tonight Dad? The boys and I want to go howl and prowl. I have my license, it's on my collar. PLLLEEEEAAAASSSSEEEE?"

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Ruth Villafuerte
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2 years ago

So many Doggos ♥

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Samantha Taylor
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2 years ago

Poor baby!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Who's the coolest biker? You are! Yes, you are.

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Brigitta Swart
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2 years ago

Gorgeous photographer, no I mean dog, no I mean both! :-)

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Susan Gardner
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2 years ago

OMG get out of the engine lol

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Peek-a-boo, I see you!

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Samantha Taylor
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2 years ago

*Hesitantly petting dog*

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Samantha Taylor
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2 years ago

Dog: Watchu lookin’ at?

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Ruth Villafuerte
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2 years ago

Cone of shame

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

He's so proud of his dog

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Night Owl
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2 years ago (edited)

Probably not what really happened, but I imagine an old car repairman instructing his dogs to go after the thief

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Tomas Holicka
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2 years ago

I love how they all have the serene look of dogs bothered by nobody, living their simple lives.

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Samantha Taylor
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2 years ago

Corgi, corghi- check the background. Get it?

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

I love the German shepherds !!!

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Elizabeth
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2 years ago

Dirty or old?

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diane a
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2 years ago

Nice to see they are getting vet treatment when needed

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Pepper
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2 years ago

anyone think of that one scene from Lady and the Tramp?

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Bea Mee
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2 years ago

I can feel the funk.

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Lou Wow
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2 years ago

I don't think the dogs needs are being met here. What a sad life.

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Lou Wow
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2 years ago

Come on! Would it hurt to give them a blanket each? 😞

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

This one would run off, if it wasn't happy !!!

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