Dog trains man

Monday, December 18, 2017

Seasonal Greetings

We leave the house at 4pm, a sunset is imminent. Zerline has a golden glow in the sunlight which is still bright. She is seven months old now, already an experienced sunset chase companion. In the distance the highest dune in the direct vicinity around us looms from the fog that starts to drift in. We hurry over for a good view of the sunset.

Just one month ago that would have been impossible. The sight of the steep dune alone would have made me dizzy. I recovered a lot since then. I am looking forward to the climb, it's a thrill just that it is possible again.

While we climb higher the weather changes. Clouds move in front of the sun and block the orange light. The fog takes over the landscape instead. I enjoy Zerline and Tilde's company. My heart attack reminded me of how important they are to me. During the incident I never panicked or worried, I trusted the paramedics and the Danish healthcare system. Until they hoisted me into a helicopter and I reached a point where I started to suffocate. The emergency doctor in the helicopter scrambled to help me breath but nothing seemed to help and I felt how I started to pass out.

"This is it." The thought crossed my mind. Was this the end? I thought about Merete, who was unaware of the unfolding situation at that point and what a shock it would be for her. Next, my thoughts drifted to Zerline and Tilde, saddened I would have to leave them behind and couldn't care for them anymore. The three things that matter most. Not that I didn't know that already, the situation just underlined it crystal clear.

We are halfway to the top and I am not even out of breath. The sun smothers in the clouds, but with a view like this I almost forget it was the sunset we came for. I am thankful just to be here and once again able to climb dunes. Thankful to share it with my girls.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for all the expressions of concern we have received in the last two months. I appreciate it a lot. I wish you all the best.



  1. So very grateful you are not only here with us, but also that you are recovering and doing well. Merete, Tilde and Zerline must be so happy to have you there with them. May all of you have a wonderful and beautiful Christmas my friend. Wishing you all the best.

  2. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the new year coming. So glad as I'm sure your wife and the dogs are that you will be here to enjoy it!


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