20 wholesome pictures of the bond between a giant dog and a tiny owl

Poldi the owlet and Ingo the Belgian Malinois shared a special bond.

Five years ago, a unique and incredible bond began to flourish. At the time, Napoleon (Poldi) was the smallest hatchling of 7 and he almost did not make it out of his shell. Ingo, the giant Belgian Malinois shepherd, came to his rescue, adopted the little owl, and became his protector. Over the years, the professional photographer Tanja Brandt has captured moments depicting the special bond between the two unlikely friends.

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Courage where we are afraid, Power where we are weak, Loyalty where we would betray ourselves… Trust that we have lost long before. Beauty where we find ourselves ugly, Not to be alone where we feel lonely… No prejudices where we have already presented ourselves with an opinion Common paths, where we have lost the sight of our goal …… …. thanks our animals !!! . ——— . Enjoy your day ❤️❤️❤️ . . ——————– Werbung, da Nennung #animal #animals #animalphotograpy #tier #tiere #trust #tierfotografie #nature #cute #beauty #bird #photooftheday #friend #owl #owls #bestbirdshots #owlsofinstagram #dog #dogs #dogslovers #dogsofinstagram #birds #friendship #friends #eizo #sirui #nikon #nikondeutschland #nikonphotography

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That's how it all started… . On our construction site behind the house. Carefree… . What has remained is our trust in each other and our friendship. . And our memories… . At the moment I am inquiring about glasses for Ingo. We won't be really carefree outside anymore. Ingo with glasses and me with Bilbo Beutling hobble foot…. . But well, they always talked about us anyway. Let's give even more substance. And we are working on it that the owls will trust Ingo just as much, also with glasses …. . —————- . Werbung/Advertisement da Nennung #animal #animals #animalphotograpy #tier #tiere #friends #friendship #freundschaft #love #tierfotografie #dog #followme #dogsofinstagram #doglosvers #cute #bird #birds #owl #owls #eule #friend #friends #eulen #bestbirdshots #Eulen #eizo #sirui #nikon #nikonphotography #nikondeutschland

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Some people say dogs can't be gloating 🙈🐕🙈 . But look at Ingo 😃 . We have a tiny little pond with water lilies. Poldi always sat on the railing and looked at the water lilies. I told him, this is nothing for owls. He looked further and I said: nooooooo Poldi 😡 . And what does he do? 😱 . Flied off and wanted to land on the water lily leaves and ……. went down….. 😱🤭😳 . I pulled him out, soaking wet and put him to Ingo on the jetty🙈 . Can dogs really not look gloatingly ?🙈🤭😂😂😂 . ——————— . Werbung/Advertisement, da Nennung #animal #animals #beautifuldestinations #animalphotograpy #tier #tiere #friends #friendship #love #tierfotografie #cute #birds #owl #owls #eule #friend #friends #eulen #dog #dogs #dogsofinstagram #hundefotografie #malinois #bestbirdshots #eizo #sirui #nikon #nikonphotography #nikondeutschland

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I'm still working on my Photokina lecture at EIZO @eizoeurope . Ok, I work 5 minutes and then I play with the animals …laugh… 🙈😂😂😂 Every time I see this picture, I have to laugh😊 We were in a park and it was lunch break there in a big chemical plant. All employees walked through the park, the collars up and nobody saw the owl or Ingo or me….. It was like the time people in Momo…😎😬🤪 And Ingo had lots of picture ideas 😃😃😃🐕🦉 ——– Werbung/Advertisement (sicherheitshalber) www.ingoundelse.de #animal #animals #animalphotograpy #tier #tiere #tierfotografie #dog #dogs #doglovers #malinois #cute #cutecouple #owl #owls #owlsofinstagram #eule #friend #friends #eulen #bestbirdshots #hund #hunde #Eulen #hundefotografie #friends #eizo #nikon #nikondeutschland #nikonphotography

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An old pic, we are in Netherlands in the moment. One time, I was outside with Ingo and Poldi (the little owl). A very old couple (think nearly 90 years old) came across. The lady took the hand of her husband and shouted: „ oh my god George. Oh my god. A real „Great owl“ 🦉 Her husband said: „oh yeeeees. That we can see one as real in our lifetime …“🦉 I said: „ äh NO. A great owl is soooo big (showed it with my hand).“ She creamed: „ oh my god George…. A real baby of a Great owl ….“ 😂🦉🙈😊😍 —🦉—🐕—❤️ #animal #animals #animalphotograpy #tier #tiere #tierfotografie #owl #owls #owlsofinstagram #eule #eulen #dog #dogs #malinois #hund #hunde #hundefotografie #friends #freunde #eizo #nikon #nikondeutschland #nikophotography

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Unfortunately, Poldi tragically passed away during an accident in 2019.

Tanja Brandt opened up about Poldi’s death as she spoke to Petapixel and said:

We made an emergency operation, but couldn’t rescue him. It was a shock for Ingo and me. Afterwards we got Ronja, a young female little owl and she is so cheeky and so similar to Poldi. Poldi‘s wife Finchen got a new man (Martin)… she didn‘t eat after Poldi died. So Ingo and Finchen are a bit happy again. We will never forget our little Poldi. But I think Poldi sent Ronja to us. Ronja loved Ingo from the very first moment.

Tanja Brandt

All of Brandt’s photographs can be seen on her website, 500px, and Instagram

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