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Homeless Dog Found In Garbage Becomes A Lion He Deserves To Be
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Homeless Dog Found In Garbage Becomes A Lion He Deserves To Be

When German photographer Julia Marie Werner found a scruffy homeless dog hunting for scraps of food in her garage in Spain, she fell in love with him immediately. While other people saw nothing but a homeless mutt, she saw a brave little lion, and she now wants the world to share her vision with this heartwarming series of photographs.

“He already looked like Simba to me,” Julia told Bored Panda. “And I am a big Lion King Fan. A friend of mine had some fabric left over so one afternoon we stitched the mane together.”

The cute canine model is named Tschikko Leopold von Werner, and the project is called Grossstadtlowe, which means “Big City Lion”. And as you can see from these pictures, he really does look like the king of the (urban) jungle!

“In the beginning he was very insecure,” said Julia. “Someone who knows a lot about dogs told me the best thing is “working“ with him and teaching him some tricks. He loves jumping on things and using the mane. The picture are both a game and teamwork between us.”

Julia believes that Tschikko was left to fend for himself after being thrown from a car in Spain. He’s come a long way since then, not just emotionally but also geographically, as after deciding to adopt him Julia brought Tschikko back to live with her in Germany.

“Everybody takes pictures of him,” said Julia. “Little kids often ask me if he is a real lion!”

More info: Julia Marie Werner | InstagramFacebook (h/t: featureshoot)

When photographer Julia was working in Spain she spotted a homeless dog in garbage

The poor dog was searching for food when their eyes suddenly met…

He reminded her of Simba from The Lion King

Julia just knew she couldn’t leave him behind

So she brought him back with her to Germany

He’s come a long way since then

Julia thinks Tschikko was thrown from a car and left to fend for himself

But she saw him as a brave little lion when others only saw a homeless dog

So she decided to show this side of him to the world

And as you can see, he suits his new role very well!

The photographs are part of a series that Julia calls “Grossstadtlowe”

In English this means “Big City Lion”

And he certainly looks the Big City Lion in these pictures

He looks like the king of the urban jungle!

He loves nothing more than exploring his new home with his owner

“Everybody takes pictures of him,” Julia told Bored Panda. “Little kids often ask me if he is a real lion!”

But Tschikko is still just a playful pup at heart

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DebbiePickens
Community Member
6 years ago

Making a beautiful positive statement. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Which this beautiful mammal is.

YvonneBernal
Community Member
6 years ago

The world needs more Julie Marie Werner's. It's people like her who make this world a better, brighter, nicer place to be.

AnnaMcHugh
Community Member
6 years ago

What kind of bastard would leave a dog to fend for themselves? We created the species to be our companions, for God's sake. I think these photos are brilliant!

IceBear
Community Member
6 years ago

Ice Bear will hunt them down

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HeidiBean
Community Member
6 years ago

Julie's the heroine, and Tschikko Leopold von Werner is one lucky lion pup! <3

Madonna Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

God love you for givin a forever loving home to this beautiful companion.

Christine Laurin
Community Member
5 years ago

He's charming. Creative photos!

Roman Paulina Harvanek
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the beautiful pictures & the beautiful dog in them👍👍

| TheArtAddict |
Community Member
5 years ago

YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME ROOOAAARRRRR!!!!!!

Ada-LeeQuirk
Community Member
6 years ago

What a lovely and loving transformation. Humanity will be judged by the way they treat their animals, both wild, urban, or in the home.

GraceBarclay
Community Member
6 years ago

The same kind of humans that leave helpless children to fend for themselves.

YolandaTai
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm a Phillion

NancyLaird
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a heartwarming series of photos. What breed of dog is this? I've never seen a dog with this type of fur. It's beautiful!

JulsRobertson
Community Member
6 years ago

HE'S FANTASTIC!!

AlbinoSquirrel
Community Member
6 years ago

That is adorable! Every time I see a stray dog (which is not very often, thankfully) I always wonder if there truly is people out there who

AlbinoSquirrel
Community Member
6 years ago

*continued. Want to help it, and now there is an answer to that question: yes. You are a wonderful person.

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MadisonRuss
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6 years ago

!!!

FinchCasati
Community Member
6 years ago

I love stories with a good ending :)

ZahariaSarros
Community Member
6 years ago

This story is so heartwarming, a definite happy tail for Tschikko, I wish more people were like this lady - the world would be a better place and more beautiful animals would feel the love of a home <3

GriselleLugo
Community Member
6 years ago

Lovely story!! Tschikko is very handsome and his haircut looks awesome!!! I more people were like Julie Marie Werner, this would be a better world! Thanks for sharing!!

GriselleLugo
Community Member
6 years ago

"If more people were like...."

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StephanyL'Hospital
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6 years ago

LOVE THIS!

JoChrisco
Community Member
6 years ago

He was lion-hearted before being adopted. Great job!

LuisMilian
Community Member
6 years ago

Very Photogenic!!

NatalyChekan
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6 years ago

Very cute lion))

SusannaVesna
Community Member
6 years ago

It suits him so well! <3

Maureen Rose
Community Member
6 years ago

She is a hero!

tsjah
Community Member
6 years ago

olé!

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AliciaRius
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6 years ago

What a lucky dog. And her work is just beautiful!

FurnishMyWay_Blog
Community Member
6 years ago

What an interesting and unique concept. I like what Debbie Pickens said-- "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Definitely true in this situation.

IsabelVanover
Community Member
6 years ago

I'M GLAD TO SEE MORE KINDNESS AND LOVE DISPLAYED FOR ANIMALS! WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO STOP THEIR IGNORANT CRUELTY!

CherylAaron
Community Member
6 years ago

He's beautiful. Thanks for rescuing him and sharing him with the world...peace

GlebMorrison
Community Member
6 years ago

Massive win here

SamHood
Community Member
6 years ago

Brilliant story, good on you for saving him!

DeborahRutenberg
Community Member
6 years ago

Made me sorta cry and i don't cry..beautiful story..I once worked at a place for children living on the streets and the staff nicknamed me Simba

A.Oscar
Community Member
6 years ago

The real name of this dog; Portuguese water dog one of most expensive dog in Portugal.

Cyno
Community Member
6 years ago

Tschikko is not a Portuguese Water Dog. He bears no resemblance to one whatsoever. He actually looks more like a Bully breed, if anything.

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DebbiePickens
Community Member
6 years ago

Making a beautiful positive statement. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Which this beautiful mammal is.

YvonneBernal
Community Member
6 years ago

The world needs more Julie Marie Werner's. It's people like her who make this world a better, brighter, nicer place to be.

AnnaMcHugh
Community Member
6 years ago

What kind of bastard would leave a dog to fend for themselves? We created the species to be our companions, for God's sake. I think these photos are brilliant!

IceBear
Community Member
6 years ago

Ice Bear will hunt them down

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HeidiBean
Community Member
6 years ago

Julie's the heroine, and Tschikko Leopold von Werner is one lucky lion pup! <3

Madonna Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

God love you for givin a forever loving home to this beautiful companion.

Christine Laurin
Community Member
5 years ago

He's charming. Creative photos!

Roman Paulina Harvanek
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the beautiful pictures & the beautiful dog in them👍👍

| TheArtAddict |
Community Member
5 years ago

YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME ROOOAAARRRRR!!!!!!

Ada-LeeQuirk
Community Member
6 years ago

What a lovely and loving transformation. Humanity will be judged by the way they treat their animals, both wild, urban, or in the home.

GraceBarclay
Community Member
6 years ago

The same kind of humans that leave helpless children to fend for themselves.

YolandaTai
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm a Phillion

NancyLaird
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a heartwarming series of photos. What breed of dog is this? I've never seen a dog with this type of fur. It's beautiful!

JulsRobertson
Community Member
6 years ago

HE'S FANTASTIC!!

AlbinoSquirrel
Community Member
6 years ago

That is adorable! Every time I see a stray dog (which is not very often, thankfully) I always wonder if there truly is people out there who

AlbinoSquirrel
Community Member
6 years ago

*continued. Want to help it, and now there is an answer to that question: yes. You are a wonderful person.

Load More Replies...
MadisonRuss
Community Member
6 years ago

!!!

FinchCasati
Community Member
6 years ago

I love stories with a good ending :)

ZahariaSarros
Community Member
6 years ago

This story is so heartwarming, a definite happy tail for Tschikko, I wish more people were like this lady - the world would be a better place and more beautiful animals would feel the love of a home <3

GriselleLugo
Community Member
6 years ago

Lovely story!! Tschikko is very handsome and his haircut looks awesome!!! I more people were like Julie Marie Werner, this would be a better world! Thanks for sharing!!

GriselleLugo
Community Member
6 years ago

"If more people were like...."

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StephanyL'Hospital
Community Member
6 years ago

LOVE THIS!

JoChrisco
Community Member
6 years ago

He was lion-hearted before being adopted. Great job!

LuisMilian
Community Member
6 years ago

Very Photogenic!!

NatalyChekan
Community Member
6 years ago

Very cute lion))

SusannaVesna
Community Member
6 years ago

It suits him so well! <3

Maureen Rose
Community Member
6 years ago

She is a hero!

tsjah
Community Member
6 years ago

olé!

Load More Replies...
AliciaRius
Community Member
6 years ago

What a lucky dog. And her work is just beautiful!

FurnishMyWay_Blog
Community Member
6 years ago

What an interesting and unique concept. I like what Debbie Pickens said-- "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Definitely true in this situation.

IsabelVanover
Community Member
6 years ago

I'M GLAD TO SEE MORE KINDNESS AND LOVE DISPLAYED FOR ANIMALS! WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO STOP THEIR IGNORANT CRUELTY!

CherylAaron
Community Member
6 years ago

He's beautiful. Thanks for rescuing him and sharing him with the world...peace

GlebMorrison
Community Member
6 years ago

Massive win here

SamHood
Community Member
6 years ago

Brilliant story, good on you for saving him!

DeborahRutenberg
Community Member
6 years ago

Made me sorta cry and i don't cry..beautiful story..I once worked at a place for children living on the streets and the staff nicknamed me Simba

A.Oscar
Community Member
6 years ago

The real name of this dog; Portuguese water dog one of most expensive dog in Portugal.

Cyno
Community Member
6 years ago

Tschikko is not a Portuguese Water Dog. He bears no resemblance to one whatsoever. He actually looks more like a Bully breed, if anything.

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