Welcome to Whippet Wisdom.

My husband and I have adopted six cats and six dogs from animal shelters over the last 29 years.

In the 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. Eleven poems that were first published on this blog have since been included in anthologies.

Our sister blog is called Tranature – quiet moments in nature. It was created in April 2018 to share some of my other nature photography and musings.

Our first book Sharing our Horizon – A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets’ was published in September 2018 and is now available in paperback, ebook and Kindle format. At least sixty percent of any profits will be shared with animal rehoming charities at the end of each financial year.

Thank you so much for visiting Whippet Wisdom and we hope you enjoy the journey.

With love,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


two whippets in black winter jackets running on tidal sands with kelp and exposed rocks in the background