A Walk At Creag Meagaidh

The man holds my gaze, the way real Highlanders do. I know he has received my blessing too.

The snows have finally left the Monadhliath mountains, they always linger for longer here. It is warm in the glen and we are looking for cooler air on higher ground.

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The grass is lush and green and the breeze tickles our fur. There are so many interesting smells and I have a good sniff.

We can hear water behind the trees and when we get to an open space we reach a small waterfall.

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A man with white hair in blue dungarees is standing on the other side of the river.

“Have you come far?” asks the man.

“No, we are just a couple of hours away from here,” says our companion. “Are you from south of the border?”

“I am from Sheffield, but this feels like home to me. This is my spiritual home and I would like to have a natural burial here. I am looking for someone who is open to the idea, as this is such a wonderful spot. If I can get that permission, I have even more to look forward to.”

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“I hope they will give you permission, it is such a peaceful place,” says our companion.

“I believe it makes a difference where your final resting place is and where you want to have your ashes scattered. I have been walking here every day from six in the morning and I cannot imagine me ever being anywhere else. I can listen to the river tumbling over the rocks and the birds singing. Sometimes you see golden eagle here.”

I walk through the shallows and sit down next to the man. He tickles me under my chin and I peer along my nose to catch his eye.

“I am eighty-two years old now and I have always wanted to have a whippet. I love whippets.”

I nudge his hand with my nose and look at our companion. Pearl is licking her face.

“They are great fun to have around and love the outdoors,” says our companion.

“I might check a few shelters to see if they have a middle-aged whippet who needs a foster home.”

I trot back through the water to join Pearl and our companions. This is a beautiful place to bring a dog for walks. This kind man will make one rescue dog very happy. He looks very young and fit for his age and he has a lot of love to give. He would be a perfect foster for a sighthound.

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The man raises his arm and waves as we walk on. It feels as if he is giving us a blessing. My heart opens with love and I send him a blessing too.

The man holds my gaze, the way real Highlanders do. I know he has received my blessing too.

I am sending you all so much love,


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Daily Prompt: Open

All photographs taken by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA



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.

21 thoughts on “A Walk At Creag Meagaidh”

  1. Hi Xenia – I have been Following you for while now and, whereas my interest span in talking animals is limited, I find your particular “take” on the concept unusual and quite refreshing. Not only do you paint a wonderful picture of your little part of Scotland (including the mists and rain!), but the perspectives, conclusions and ongoing thoughts are entertaining as well as thought provoking. A lovely Blog. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Colin. I enjoy writing from different perspectives and Eivor and Pearl are very expressive. Spending so much time in nature and with people closely connected to nature makes it feel very natural to write this way. The blog also enables me to share my passion for helping rescue dogs and my love for the Highlands with others. I have only been blogging for a few months and have already met so many other interesting bloggers along the way, each with their own unique voice and big heart. I really enjoy reading about your commitment to Ray and all the work you have put into rehabilitating him. The big man makes me smile when I read about the way he is quietly training you in his own formidable way.:o)

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  2. A beautiful story and wonderful images. There are many whippets in my neighbourhood, one across the side street with the most fantastic pale blue ice eyes and sweet temperament. Quite a few people have 2. But they all buy them here. Greyhounds are the rescue dogs who need help .

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Denis. Many people here buy whippets who cannot give them the exercise they need and hand them over to shelters. The whippets get very stressed which is why most shelters want to put them in foster care until a suitable home is found. This man was kindly offering to foster because he could not guarantee he would live long enough to care for a whippet for his entire life. There are many greyhounds in need of loving homes as well as many other breeds. Greyhounds and lurchers make wonderful pets and we have adopted them ourselves in the past (see our earlier posts). We always encourage people to adopt. Thank you again for visiting and we wish you a wonderful day ☺🐾🐾


      1. Perhaps I could add another “voice” to the adoption concept. All our shelters (and probably yours) are at capacity with dogs for various reasons, and all they need is food, shelter, regular TLC and an opportunity to just “be themselves”. So many dogs do not do well in the confines of a shelter (our Ray was one). For anybody considering bringing a dog into their family, first and foremost, think it through carefully as dogs are long term commitments and do have needs (like us) if they are to be happy individuals. If you decide to then proceed, then please give serious consideration to a shelter dog. Our Ray has been with us for 3 years now and I would not change anything. He really is an integral part of our lives!

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      2. Thank you Colin for adding another voice. After people have carefully considered whether they want to adopt, the majority of shelters are very good at asking all the right questions to potential adopters and doing a thorough ‘home-check’ and ‘lifestyle-check’ before considering rehoming a shelter dog. Thank you again for sharing your point of view and for showing how rewarding animal adoption can be once you have thought it through. :o)


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