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Ingo and Poldi: Most Unlikely Friends
These pics are so lovely.
Had to share them.
Subject: Ingo and Poldi: Most Unlikely Friends
Tanja Brandt Tanja Brandt is a German photographer who has dedicated her career towards photographing animals and wildlife. In one of her most recent projects, Brandt shot photographs of a highly unlikely pair of friends – Ingo, the Belgian shepherd; and Poldi (Napoleon), the one-year-old owlet. Tanja Brandt Poldi and Ingo are both pets of Brandt's, and have formed a bond over the past year that the photographer simply couldn't ignore. Brandt is a professional photographer, and has years of experience doing photoshoots with various animals. Ingo, the shepherd, is one of her most loyal and popular models. "The dog is very very well educated. He is able to do every order by far. Head down, head right, stay, sit, everything… but not so with the birds." Brandt describes the relationship between Ingo and Poldi as somewhat of a 'protector-protected' relationship. Ingo is a guardian for Poldi, whom Brandt states "doesn't know how to live free". Poldi didn't hatch until two days after his six brothers and sisters, and has always been very vulnerable due to his size. Ingo, on the other hand, comes from a family of strong and oftentimes ruthless police dogs. Ingo is very protective over the year-old owlet, and their bond is as strong off-camera as it appears in Tanja's photographs. "They respect each other and they can read each other." Ingo is often photographed with various birds (such as the Harris hawk) and other animals, but he doesn't share a bond with anyone quite like he does with Poldi.
Thank you again to my Czech friends and colleagues for making this possible. I am again, so grateful for the wonderful opportunity to learn from all of you, and contribute towards our greater perspective in relationship with animals.
I am truly amazed. I have been considering the lessons I have learned, personally, on my journey through the world of animal relationship with human kind, and furthermore, how the behaviour management and animal welfare industry have grown.
We are considering and doing things now that were completely foreign concepts just 10 years ago. We have changed our attitudes towards animals almost 360 degrees in the last 100 years. We are looking at how we can provide more choice and control. We are scientifically investigating empathy between animal and human. We are looking and seeing things from the animal's point of view. We are focussing on partnerships and psychological well-being. And so much more
I look forward to more lessons. I look forwar…
Next lessonAnd this one was a paperwork lesson(-:Not theory thankfully.My blessed art classes with mad art teacher who keeps us grounded, guided and well-nourished with good red wine. On the latest canvass I chose to paint a picture of my son when he was a little younger with another of our family members, beautiful horse Gandalph. So, all proceeded well to start with. Until I realised that I was having a fine time painting Gandalph, but not such a fine time painting Zac. Then I realised why. Gandalph does not judge me. And I am worried about Zac's opinion of me.
Freedom in the revelation. Chatted to Zac about it. Had a laugh, and then moved on to paint this angel as well as I could. No more required.Someone told me that judgement – of ourselves, or others, is a justification for a stuck mind. Who wants a stuck mind. Freedom in expression is only possible when we forgive ourselves our inadequacies. In relation with animals it is easier.So here it is again. Gratitude fo…