The Green Loch

Being in nature gives me a sense of space, a sense of direction and a sense of truth. The green is refreshing and allows me to look at life from different angles.

Our companion pulls the small rucksack from the cupboard under the stairs. My tail begins to wag. Seamus gives me a knowing look and I drop my favourite toy at my companion’s feet.

Tubs of salad, bread, flasks of tea, our own food and some treats are being packed. Our companion nearly trips over the pile of toys I have brought her.

black whippet leaping from grass

The sun warms our backs as we walk through the forest. I love the smells of pine and earth. Seamus lets me lead.

“It is good for you to see what it is like to lead a pack. There is no need to wait until you think you are good enough. You are already calm and centered when you feel comfortable and you always lead with your heart. When you are not sure about something I will lead temporarily until you are comfortable again. Be you and go with your own rhythm.”

I am so grateful Seamus is here to guide and mentor me. It is a great comfort to know he is behind me when I am leading. The support of an old wise hound like Seamus means the world to me. Sometimes I only have to look into his eyes and an answer appears.

As we climb through the forest we reach a parting in the trees and below us lies the green loch. Small golden lights dance on the hillside.

lurcher in green loch

The green of the trees and the green of the loch open my heart. Its beautiful colour fills me with a sense of renewal and growth. Since my time in the shelter I have grown so much spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.

I wish that every dog in a shelter will one day experience the harmony that being in nature brings. Any humans who need to make important decisions  can find this peace in nature too.

If you are not able to go and walk in nature you can visualise the colour green. The colour green will open your heart and create the space to make decisions from a deep place within.

I send you all so much love,


black whippet by green loch






Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl.

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