Dogs may be man’s best friend, but Ingo the shepherd dog’s special buddy is Poldi, a little owl who loves to pose for pictures and cozy up to his canine pal. Germany-based animal photographer and collage artist Tanja Brandt documents their unlikely friendship in heartwarming portraits that show the closeness of their bond. Whether the duo is splashing in a creek, enjoying the evening light together, or cuddling beneath a blanket, it’s clear how much they enjoy each other’s company.
To see adorable images of Ingo with other friends that include dogs, falcons, and hawks, check out Brandt’s website. The photographer’s work proves that, no matter how different two creatures might be, there’s still room for unexpected friendships in the animal kingdom.