Photographer And His Giant Dog Put A Playful Spin On Everyday Life

"As far as buddies go, I couldn't have asked for better."

One man and his "giant" dog are living a great adventure.

Photographer Chris Cline Photoshops his dog, Juji, into a humungous character, larger than Cline himself. In doing so, Cline's world becomes a fantastical, imaginary story starring man's best friend.

And from the way Cline describes it, they are, indeed, best friends.


"SHHHHHH! HUSH, DAD! THE CUTE DOGS ARE ON TV!"... This morning the puppy and I watched the Westminster dog show. Everything was going fine until the terriers came on TV, at which point I'm fairly positive Juji went through puberty at an accelerated rate. He has a thing for terriers half his size. But then again, most dogs are half his size.

"Juji is definitely one of my biggest sources of information," Cline tells A Plus in an email. "He came along at a time in my artistic career when I was feeling low. He really charged my batteries so to speak. And every day is a new adventure with him. "

Cline's photographs include bike rides, walks on the beach, and sleigh rides, among other activities. And sometimes, he and Juji just hang out. 

Moreover, with each photograph comes a story. Cline's Instagram account features playful captions with dialogue and context to emphasize the happenings in the photos. 

"'Dad...I can appreciate your love of this place...but my back is getting wet and I'm about to snap! Let's go sit by the fire.'.....Hiking at Minneopa Falls with the Juji," the image below reads.

"I'd have to say that one of my favorite images is one I just recently posted where we're riding the bike together and he's on my back," Cline says. Its story goes:

A break in the cold Minnesota weather brought the two of them outside for some adventure. Unfortunately, Chris forgot that during the long winter he had neglected to fix the brakes on the beach cruiser that now barreled down the hill at top speed. Juji on the other hand, had only one thing on his mind....the thrilling thought that his massive weight only pushed them further and faster to an inevitable disaster at the bottom of the hill...with him on top of the pile, giggling at the man who calls himself master.

Cline, who pet owners can hire to Photoshop their own images, says that he loves being able to work with his clients on something special.

"I love that I can offer others the gift of making your dog larger than life, because in a dog owner's eyes, that's exactly how we see them," he says.

And so far, the feedback from the social community (Cline has nearly 35,000 followers on Instagram) has been positive. 

"As far as buddies go, I couldn't have asked for better." We really are a good team. 

Cline says that in order to reach an audience, artists have to set themselves apart, particularly when dealing with social media. And you have to be consistent. 

"You have to constantly be challenging yourself to do something fantastic that also falls into your specific artistic genre," Cline adds. "Skipping from one thing to another throws people off, so it's good to find one thing, and just do it better than anyone else."

For more of his work, continue below, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram

"Dad, I like you. You seem like a good person. You feed me, walk me, bathe me, and overall you're an alright guy. But if you try to cut my hair with that thing...I WILL eat your face!".... So haircut day is coming on Thursday and we're all kinds of on edge about it around here. Hopefully everything will go smoothly. Plus, I'd like to keep my face. 
"C'mon, Dad...its my turn!"...... Today I throwback to this past summer when Juji and I went on vacation in the mountains, and he felt he got shafted on his Schwinn time. What a crybaby!
"I love the feeling of sand between my toes, Dad!"... Walks on the beach with a wet dog is just what I need right now. It's so cold here. 
"See Juji, it says right here in The Seesaw Etiquette and Instruction Manual...'Both participants must be of equal or close to the same weight or there WILL BE NO up and down"... Poor little guy! I don't know how to explain this to him any better. 
"Ummmm.... Dad? You okay? Shake it off, old man. We've got more sledding to do.".... Instead of helping me, Juji takes a moment to enjoy my misfortune. 
"WOOOHOOO. C'mon dad!"... The temperature crawled above zero today for the first time in a week so, in celebration, Juji and I emerged from our hibernation to wander around outside for a while. He was pretty excited. P.S....This is actually a small hole I punched in a snow bank with my arm.
"Oh No... Im not gonna make it, Juji." The "action" shot. I love doing these with the puppy.

(H/T: Bored Panda)


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