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Samoyeds get together for doggy reunion

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk was more than just fundraising for this group of Siberian Samoyeds and their owners - it was a unique family reunion.

More than a dozen of the white fluffy breed met for the first time amid the thousands of dogs who gathered for the annual event on the South Perth foreshore.

They were brought together via an Instagram account run by Linda Rosbrook, who has 13,000 followers monitoring the adventures of her dogs Jake, Leo and Kai. And with Perth having just three breeders of the Samoyed - which were originally reared as reindeer herders and to pull sleds - all the Perth Samoyeds were related in some way.

"They are a beautiful breed, and it is wonderful to see them all together for a great cause," Ms Rosbrook said.

At the 18th annual walking of the event, to raise funds to continue the fight against animal cruelty, organisers estimated 10,000 people and about 6000 dogs turned out to help raise the target total of $250,000.

Fremantle stars David Mundy, Matt de Boer and Paul Duffield were among the crowds and pets braving the rain in what threatened to turn into a soggy dog story.

But fresh from the Dockers' Saturday night mauling of the Geelong Cats, it was Mundy's dogs Zoe and Kernel that occupied him, along with the cause.

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