07:26 EST, 20 November 2013
07:45 EST, 20 November 2013
These heartwarming images show the unique bond between a dog and his owner’s koi carp – even giving them a kiss to let it know it’s feeding time.
Dutch Shepherd Wiebe found himself intrigued by the fish ever since he was a puppy, according to his owner Dorri Eijsermans.
But being so young he was too scared to approach the pond’s residents.
Puckering up: Wiebe the Dutch Shepherd gives the koi carp at the bottom of his garden a kiss
Saying some-fin stupid like I love you: Their special relationship blossomed when Wiebe began drinking from the pond after being taken out for walks and the fish associated that with feeding time
Animal instinct: The koi swim to the edge of the pond every time Wiebe is in sight
Although the koi pond was a permanent fixture in Dorri’s garden near Eindhoven, Holland, it took Wiebe months to warm to the fish.
Once he did though, a remarkable friendship blossomed.
Eventually every time Wiebe came home from a walk he drank from the pond – and as the fish were always fed when Dorri, 45, returned from the walk the fish eventually associated Wiebe’s drinking with feeding time.
They began excitably coming to the surface to acknowledge his presence.
While drinking, Wiebe would often give the carp a kiss, Dorri said.
Sweet: Wiebe’s owner Dorri Eijsermans (pictured) said he was intrigued by the fish ever since he was a puppy
Creature comforts: Dorri, 45, says she is delighted that Wiebe and the fish get along so well
The fish would also swim along next to the dog each time he walked near the water, given their association with Wiebe and filling their bellies.
She said: ‘As their owners we were delighted to see that Wiebe and the fish got along so well.
‘When he was two months old he kept a certain distance from the fish, although they intrigued him very much.
‘At some point Wiebe started to drink out of the pond when we came back home after a walk. We would feed the koi after we got home, so after a while the koi took Wiebe’s drinking for the signal it was feeding time.
‘As of then, the koi swam to the edge every time Wiebe was in sight, they even swam along next to him when he only was walking by.
‘Now grown up, Wiebe was no longer afraid – he just kept on drinking even if the koi got so close that he licked her on the nose. The fish seemed to like it too.’