Welcome to Whippet Wisdom.
My husband and I have adopted six cats and six dogs from animal shelters over the last 30 years.
In earlier posts on this blog we introduce our elderly rescue hounds Ruby and Seamus who welcome Eivor the whippet into our pack and play a big part in his rehabilitation. After Ruby’s passing we adopt whippet-italian greyhound cross Pearl and both Seamus and Eivor take her under their wings.
When Seamus passes away Eivor becomes the new pack leader and we begin to spend more time in nature than we were able to do in the latter stages of Ruby’s and Seamus’ lives.
This blog is a creative and meditative journey through short stories, poetry and photographs about love, nature and new ways of growing and learning together.
The photographs are taken during our walks along the beaches, inside the glens and forests and along the mountain trails of the Scottish Highlands, a place we feel very blessed to call home.
The majority of poems are a modern take on the ancient Japanese poetry forms of haibun, haiku and tanka and occasionally I publish other poetry forms too. Eleven poems that were first published on this blog have since been included in anthologies and our haiku from My Friend, My Rock appeared in the Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019.
We were deeply honoured and humbled to learn that our photograph and haiku from Winter Mist were featured and interpreted in NHK World Japan’s Haiku Masters in Tokyo Part 1, which was broadcast from Tokyo on 4th March 2019.
Our sister blog is called Tranature – quiet moments in nature. It was created in April 2018 to share some of my wildlife, flower and nature photography and poetic musings. We are delighted that six haiku first published on Tranature have since appeared in international haiku publications.
Our first book ‘Sharing our Horizon – A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets’ was published in September 2018 and is available in paperback, ebook and Kindle format. Sixty percent of net profits are shared with animal rehoming charities at the end of each financial year.
We are currently working on our second book which will be released in the Autumn of 2019, so watch this space!
Thank you for visiting Whippet Wisdom and we hope you enjoy the journey.
Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx