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Artist who made Juji the dog a ‘giant’ Instagram star is trampled by a momma cow

People who follow Minnesota graphic artist Chris Cline’s Instagram account usually go there to see pictures of his dog, Juji.

Cline made Juji the golden doodle an international Instagram celebrity by Photoshopping pictures to make the dog look 10 feet tall.

The giant dog and his tiny man have had many adventures together around scenic Minnesota – sledding down snowy hills, canoeing on glassy lakes, working farm fields together, even wearing smoking jackets and puffing on pipes. And they do a lot of cuddling.

Juji has celebrity fans – Ashton Kutcher, Adam Levine and Lil Wayne to name a few.



"Find something else to mow, Dad... I'm not finished riding in the wagon yet!"..... My big helper isn't much help...but Juji's good for motivation. It also costs me twice as much in gas just to pull him around the yard. But it's worth it. Also, I'm not sure if anyone on here is from Wisconsin, but my shirt says "Drink Wisconsinly". The best Goodwill buy ever. #barkbox #Bestdog #worldofcutepets #chrisandjuji #dogsofinstagram #weeklyfluff #ig_underground #ellen #dogsofinstaworld #dogsandpals #ellendegeneres #excellent_dogs #puppiesofinstagram #bestwoof #trees_ru #theellenshow #arts_help #petscorner #picoftheday #petsofinstagram #ps_bestrange #hikingwithdogs #campingwithdogs #minnesotaphotographers #topdogphotos #ilovemydog #dogsofinstgram #manipcomp

A post shared by Chris Cline (@christophercline) on Jun 1, 2017 at 1:09pm PDT



"Good morning, everyone. Juji and I were doing a little bird watching this morning (which is basically a daily thing) and it got me thinking... I wonder what morning rituals you have. What is something you do everyday without fail? Something that, if you didn't do it, would throw your entire day off. What puts you at peace? #barkbox #Bestdog #worldofcutepets #chrisandjuji #dogsofinstagram #weeklyfluff #rsa_graphics #ig_underground #ellen #dogsofinstaworld #dogsandpals #ellendegeneres #excellent_dogs #puppiesofinstagram #bestwoof #dailydoseopuppies #theellenshow #arts_help #petscorner #picoftheday #petsofinstagram #ps_bestrange #hikingwithdogs #campingwithdogs #minnesotaphotographers #topdogphotos #ilovemydog #dogsofinstgram #manipcomp

A post shared by Chris Cline (@christophercline) on Apr 13, 2017 at 7:27am PDT



Sliding effortlessly through the air... Juji suddenly realized that he would not be the first one to slam face first into the impending snowbank below. This brought him great joy.... It's entirely way too cold to have the Juji outside taking photos so I'm once again forced to repost a re-pic. I just can't fathom having him outside in -20° weather just so I can get an edit. It's just not fair to him. Next week will be warmer and I'll post new pics. Please understand! #barkbox #Bestdog #worldofcutepets #chrisandjuji #goldendoodles #dogsofinstagram #goldendoodlesofinstagram #weeklyfluff #rsa_graphics #ig_underground #ellen #dogsofinstaworld #dogsandpals #ellendegeneres #excellent_dogs #puppiesofinstagram #bestwoof #dailydoseopuppies #theellenshow #arts_help #petscorner #picoftheday #petsofinstagram #ps_bestrange #hikingwithdogs #campingwithdogs #artcollective

A post shared by Chris Cline (@christophercline) on Dec 15, 2016 at 6:25pm PST



But over the weekend visitors to @christophercline on Instagram found photos that weren’t funny at all. They show Cline in a hospital bed, his head immobilized by a neck brace, his knee slashed open and his body bloodied and injured.

He’d been attacked by a cow.

“Thursday evening I was helping with a newborn calf on the farm,” wrote Cline, who lives near Buffalo, Minn.

“I was handling the calf and her momma got extremely upset and trampled me. For what seemed an eternity, 1200 pounds of cow stomped me into the ground. She was on top of me before I could even realize what was happening.”

His girlfriend and neighbor “immediately jumped into action to save my life,” he wrote.

“Somehow I was able to escape and I ran for the closest fence and completely jumped over it and landed on my back. I wasn’t yet able to to comprehend what had happened, but I knew it was absolutely terrible. Moments later the pain hit me and I started fading in and out of consciousness. She had stepped on many parts of me but she somehow missed my chest with her hooves. My head, arms, legs and face were all trampled extremely hard.”

The doctor at the trauma unit told him it was miraculous that he escaped without any fractured or broken bones. The doc pronounced him lucky to be alive.

“I am home now and am in a tremendous amount of pain and I find every little bit of movement is excruciating. But I am alive and so very grateful to be so,” Cline wrote to his fans. “I can honestly say that this was the single most terrifying experience of my life. I thought I was going to die. I really thought that those were going to be my last breaths of air.”

He promised to be posting Juji pics “again soon,” but for now is resting and trying to rid himself of an unshakeable “feeling of fear.”

Juji, who was not at the scene of the attack, is with him now, cuddling of course.



Thursday evening I was helping with a newborn calf on the farm. I was handling the calf and her momma got extremely upset and trampled me. For what seemed an eternity, 1200 pounds of cow stomped me into the ground. She was on top of me before I could even realize what was happening. @dreaming_big_mn (Christine) and our neighbor were there also and they immediately jumped into action to save my life. Somehow I was able to escape and I ran for the closest fence and completely jumped over it and landed on my back. I wasn't yet able to to comprehend what had happened, but I knew it was absolutely terrible. Moments later the pain hit me and I started fading in and out of consciousness. She had stepped on many parts of me but she somehow missed my chest with her hooves. My head, arms, legs and face were all trampled extremely hard. I was taken into the trauma unit where the doctors do what they do best....they took very good care of me. After all of my scans came back the Dr. came back in and explained to me that I didn't even have one fracture or broken bone. He said not only was that a miracle, but also that I was still alive. I am home now and am in a tremendous amount of pain and I find every little bit of movement is excruciating. But I am alive and so very grateful to be so. I can honestly say that this was the single most terrifying experience of my life. I thought I was going to die. I really thought that those were going to be my last breaths of air. I'm still in shock and I still can't shake the feeling of fear. I will be posting Juji pics again soon, but more than likely I will be taking a couple days off from creating new pics. But... I was able to walk away from this and I now have an incredible story to tell. It really is a miracle. This could've been so much worse. @dreaming_big_mn is taking good care of me, and Juji is cuddling with me a lot. I'll see you all in just a couple of days.

A post shared by Chris Cline (@christophercline) on Jun 17, 2017 at 4:06am PDT

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