A former army officer who was trampled by a herd of cows believed she would die from her life-changing injuries.
Janicke Tvedt, 55, said she thought she was going to die when the cows feared her labrador was a threat to their calves.
The ex-army officer, who served in Bosnia, stumbled across the 30-strong herd with her partner, David Hood, 57, and their labrador in rural North Yorkshire.
Tvedt said one cow bolted for the dog before the rest of the herd surrounded them.
She said: “I stood there really still with my partner, not trying to be aggressive towards the cows, and after about ten minutes of sniffing us, I thought they were going to leave.”
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“Then a white one attacked the dog again, but in doing so, it hit me in the knees as well, and knocked me to the ground.”
After this, the cows all took turns to trample her before they briefly backed off.
Tvedt said her “survival instinct” from her days as an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers “kicked in” to help her plan their escape.
She told her partner that he had to go to the nearby golf course, as she could no longer help.
Soon she was taken to hospital by the Yorkshire air ambulance.
The mum-of-two was left with seven broken ribs, hoof marks on her chest and legs and needed part of her colon removed following the trampling last July.
Tvedt said: “I was convinced I was going to die.
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“I was trying to get in contact with my son because as far as I was concerned, that was it – I wasn't going to see anyone again.
She then needed to have a colostomy bag fitted, which she still wears today.
When she finally came round two days later, in a delirious state, she was too scared to sleep or self-administer her morphine drip as she believed she “wouldn’t wake up”.
In the months that have followed, the 55-year-old who previously swam three times a week and walked up to 8k each day has begun to build up her strength again.
In October, she joined a gym and can now bend down to the floor and get up again.
But despite remaining “very driven”, she knows there will be limitations to her mobility from now on.
She said: “I’ve had to accept what I can and can’t do. That’s been really hard.
Now Janicke, who followed a farmer’s gatepost instruction to keep her dog on a lead, is urging those who find themselves in a similar situation to let their pets run free.
She explained: “What you’re supposed to do when you’re under attack by cattle is you’re supposed to let the dog off the lead and kick the dog away.
“It’s the dog that’s the issue. They see it as a predator.”Internet Explorer Channel Network