Monday, April 11, 2016

Tschikko, the Big City Lion

Homeless Dog Found in Garbage Becomes a Lion He Deserves to Be

When German photographer Julie Marie Werner found a scruffy homeless dog hunting for scraps of food in her garbage 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.

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! Julie 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 Julie brought Tschikko back to live with her in Germany.
When photographer Julie 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.  Juliet 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.  Julie 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, his suits his new role very well!  The photographs are part of a series that Julie 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.  Some passers-by might actually mistake him for a real lion.  But Tschikko is still just a playful pup at heart.

More info: Julie Marie Warner (h/t: featureshoot)

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