If you are considering getting a pet please adopt. Please visit a shelter near you and make an animal’s dreams come true.

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This is me today. I am so grateful for my new life. I wish every dog in a shelter will find new human companions for life and the chance to flourish.


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This is me a few months after my adoption and I am getting stronger and fitter. My confidence in the outside world continues to grow.


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This is me one month after coming home. I am enjoying our walks in the forest and always check where my companions are.


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This is me on my third day in my forever home. My companions have given me a new soft toy, which I love to hold between my paws.


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This is me on my second day in my forever home. I have had a good sleep and I know that I am safe and loved. I know everything is going to be fine. I can tell by looking in my companion’s eyes.


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This is me on my first day in my forever home. I sleep and sleep. I am so relieved.


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(Photograph taken by SSPCA)

This was me at the shelter. I was three years old and had never been taken outside before. It made me feel very stressed and I did not understand what was happening.


If you are considering getting a pet please adopt. Please visit a shelter near you and make an animal’s dreams come true.

I send you all so much love,



“Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal” (anonymous)


Daily Prompt: Flourish

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.

29 thoughts on “Flourish”

  1. One of my boys inherited a yellow lab puppy last year, from a girl who bought the pup then abandoned her. She is a shared family dog (they are currently living with me). Very much loved – what a personality! Very nice post. Enjoyed seeing the progression of your pups first few days in your family ♥

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  2. Eivor, I am so glad that your companions decided to adopt you. You have certainly changed for the better. You look so happy and carefree now, as opposed to the timid, scared dog you were when you were taken from the shelter.

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    1. Thank you so much Tippy’s Mom. I was very overwhelmed by the experience and am so grateful that Seamus, Ruby and our companions welcomed me into their pack and gave me my forever home. I have come a long way since then and hope to inspire others with my stories. Adopting a rescue dog is a very rewarding experience for everyone. I give my human companions so much love and am teaching them to see the world through my eyes and live in the moment. I send you and Tippy so much love xxx

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  3. that’s a lovely story, in fact, I wouldn’t mind reading only stories like this for the rest of my life (no, I wouldn’t get bored, ever) xxx

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      1. I wish that, too. Our dogs get adopted, but there are always new ones…We’ll get one soon, I think (as in: a home dog, I call the shelter dogs ‘my dogs’, which is confusing). We’ve always had more than one, but they’ve always been’not suitable for adoption’. I don’t like this label, they are all suitable (just not all for a house with children or for first-time owners or something else). My favourite saying is: there’s an Alex for every Ardbeg (because he was perfect for me, even though he might not have been perfect for someone else).

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      2. What a wonderful saying. Some dogs need more experienced humans to take care of them and they are still suitable for adoption. When there is an Alex for every Ardbeg there is a loving home for every dog. It looks as if one of them may be landing on their paws with you and that would create another lovely story :o)

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  4. I am a complete believer of adopting from a rescue or a shelter. My long lost dream is to some day have my own animal business. I see myself on 10 acres and being a “haven” to those that have fallen on bad times. I also see myself as having a shelter that those enroute to their forever homes could stay over at before beginning their journey the next day. Some day, some day. But for now, I can support those that have or are doing business with shelters and rescues. God bless you all.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Karen!☺ When you have a dream of helping animals it can be overwhelming to think where to begin as so much help is needed. Whichever way you choose to help will always make a positive difference. We wish you all the best in turning your dream into reality. Love and wags from all of us here 💜💜🐾🐾


  5. I love your site! The pictures are adorable. However, being new to blogging, I’m not following your comment steps. I see it here but not in the one I just came from. It was all about how you got into rescuing and adopting shelter dogs. I didn’t see a comment area and was wondering if I missed something. Just learning as I make my way around here. Saw you have an awesome site and have received many awards for it. Congrats to you for making it so special to so many of us. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Karen and so happy you enjoy our blog. Our blog has a ‘static Home Page’ which makes it quicker to load and gives new visitors a brief introduction about us. This is why you will not be able to leave comments on this page. We prefer it like this as a ‘landing’ page and visitors can comment on individual posts or contact us via email. I hope this helps and thank you again for visiting. I wish you luck with your dream of creating a shelter and all the other good work you do. Much love to you from all of us here xxx


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