When German photographer Julia Marie Werner came across a homeless dog digging through food scraps in her garage in Spain, she saw that he was more than just a hungry pup. What was it that she saw? Well, a brave, fierce lion!

Julia believes that the pup was likely abandoned by his human by being thrown from a car.

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!
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And once they met, she knew she couldn’t leave him behind. So she took him back to her home in Germany!

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!

Julia named him Tschikko Leopold von Werner (a name truly suited for a king!) and photographed him around Germany in a photo series called “Grossstadtlowe,” which means “Big City Lion.”

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!

“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.”

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!
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As you can see, Tschikko certainly looks like he stepped right out of the Lion King movie! He really does Simba proud.

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!

“He loves jumping on things and using the mane. The picture are both a game and teamwork between us,” Julia said.

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!

It’s so incredible to see what a slight makeover could do for this formerly homeless canine.

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!

We’re so glad Julia saw past Tschikko’s unfortunate past and took him in. She really has transformed his life … and he has surely transformed hers!

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!
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And despite his awesome mane, he’s DEFINITELY still a dog at heart …

Photographer Spotted a Homeless Dog and Turned Him Into a Lion!

To see more of Julia’s stunning work, you can visit her website.

All Image Source: Julia Marie Werner