Let’s go back to 2021 for a moment, when we had a beautiful misty morning in Forest of Noorbargerbos. This was a place where I often walked with Matsi, usually it’s very peaceful. However, at that moment, a school had decided to conduct gym classes in the forest, which was, of course, great for the kids. The shouting was quite audible, and I was there taking photos. It had something special to it as we enjoyed the weather and took a wonderful walk.
Once back home, I was sitting on the sofa with my cup of tea, while Matsi, as always, was enjoying his treat. Suddenly, Matsi started behaving strangely, and initially, I thought he might be choking or had something stuck in his throat. Although it sounded different, that was the first thing that came to my mind. I even put my hand in his mouth to feel if there was anything lodged, but I felt nothing. We decided to rush to the vet immediately, and it turned out that Matsi had suffered an epileptic seizure. Later in the day, he had another one, leading to further examination. It turned out he had a tumor in his head, and his life expectancy was short. Furthermore, we had to prepare for the fact that he would have more epileptic seizures.
This was also the last time Matsi joined me for landscape photography, as I no longer trusted taking him on long walks for hours. What should have been a beautiful, peaceful autumn day turned out to be anything but that on that day.