From New Zealand to England to Denmark!

For det første undskylder jeg for at skrive på engelsk

I am committed to learning dansk and hope to be writing these updates in Danish very soon but, until then, English it is. I have found the Danes to be excellent in speaking and understanding English, even with my mixed NZ / English accent so I am sure my ‘engelsk’ posts will be equally well received.

My name is (jeg hedder) Kevin. I live in the beautiful town of Ebeltoft with my Danish wife, Pernille and our wonderful little 4 year old Jack Russell terrier, Rosie.

We made the decision to move from another amazing location – St. Ives, Cornwall, UK to Denmark in the summer of 2018 so we could follow a lifestyle dream of living amongst nature and pursuing a desire to have more 4-legged family members to keep Rosie (and us) company.

So how is it I have come from living on the other side of the world in New Zealand to enjoying life on the east coast of Denmarks region of Jutland (Jylland)?…

New Zealand

Auckland city

I have always been around animals – my father was the chief inspector of the Auckland RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and I remember all sorts of animals, pets and creatures coming into our home after he went out to rescue them, day or night.

I was very proud of what he did and I certainly think that growing up around animals has given me an understanding and compassion for all creatures of this earth. I loved the fact that my father was willing to help those who could not help themselves and was able to provide a positive future to many of the neglected dogs, cats & other animals.

Of course we had pets – with living in an urban area, this was restricted to just cats and dogs. Rastus was my soulmate – he was a loving Irish Setter whom Dad rescued after he was found hungry and walking the streets. Rastus grew to be an ‘old man’ and we shared a bond which only a dog and it’s owner can really describe.

I loved the fact that my father was willing to help those who could not help themselves and was able to provide a positive future to many of the neglected dogs, cats & other animals.

There was also Rosie – a wonderful Dalmatian whom again was rescued by Dad when she and her (very young) litter of puppy siblings were abandoned in a letter box!

Whinnie (the pooh) was a little scruffy mix who happily lived alongside her larger friends. There were also the lovely cats – some permanent and some visitors to our home.

England

St. Ives, Cornwall

As much as I love my home town and nation, England has always been in my heart as home just as much as New Zealand. My family are all from the south of England and I have always had a fascination about my parents homeland and a sense of pride of being English. I decided to move to England in 2001 and after a few back and forth trips, I settled into West London life.

Meeting Pernille has changed my life in so many positive ways.

We share the same dreams and passions and soon started making the lifestyle changes we both desired by moving further from busy London and starting a life in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire.

Rosie came into our lives when we were living in Henley on Thames so her first outdoor adventures were around the beautiful rolling hills and forests of the Oxfordshire countryside and along the tranquil river.

Rosie came into our lives when we were living in Henley on Thames.

She was 8 weeks old when she came home and grew up with expert training from Melanie Healey of Healeys Hounds, starting with puppy socialising and progressing through the basic and intermediate levels to finally graduating from her advanced training course.

We always look to utilise the training and obedience skills and techniques we were taught by Melanie when walking dogs.

The natural progression was to then move to the coast as being by the sea is something we both have ground into our souls – Pernille with her long summers in Ebeltoft and myself enjoying the 2 amazing coastlines that the North Island of New Zealand had to offer.

So we found ourselves in the picturesque English seaside fishing town of St. Ives on the south-west of Englands most south-west county – Cornwall. The Cornish coastline is as stunning as the books of Rosamunde Pilcher and the TV series of Poldark portray and Rosie was never short of fantastic places to explore.

Denmark

Danish winter

So now here we are in beautiful Ebeltoft.

It’s now been around 9 months since we moved at the time of writing this post and we have spent many hours walking the forests, beaches and streets surrounding Ebeltoft, including Ahl, Øer, Boeslum, Femmøller, Mols Bjerge national park + other areas in Djursland and we have been astounded by the great dog walking options that are available.

Rosie and I walk anywhere between 7km – 10km every day so we are fit and have a good, sound knowledge of the area and know many safe places to explore.

I run a small creative services company from home so having extra company certainly works well for myself as well as the dogs that need exercising and a place to stay for the day (or night).

I always stop to say hello to all dogs that we pass on my travels so, seeing you’re now reading this article, we may have already met in the street whilst out walking or you may just be searching for a reassuring, comfortable place for your dog to spend the day while you’re at work or on holiday.

Rosie and I walk anywhere between 7km – 10km every day

Either way, I am available to meet with you and your dogs to discuss how Ebeltoft Hunde can provide companionship and happiness each day to your beloved 4-legged family members.

That sums up my journey from ‘down under’ to DK.

Thanks for reading / tusind tak
Regards / med venlig hilsen

Kevin