My Friend, My Shadow


Eivor at the shelter, photograph taken by SSPCA.


My Friend, My Shadow

You follow me in silence
with the patience of angels.

You were my stepping stone
to a better life
and remind me
how far I have come.

My friend, my shadow
you can rest in the dark
while I stride on
into the light.

ยฉ Xenia Tran


p1080198-wwEivor today.


Every rescue dog we have adopted so far had either been abandoned, abused or neglected by their previous human companions.

In their own way they have left the past behind and seem to accept and love every aspect of themselves. Their past has brought them empathy and understanding when we meet other rescue dogs to whom they always reach out with love.

With love to you all from Eivor, Pearl & Xenia xxx


This post was written in response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille #17: Shadow


Photograph of Eivor on the beach taken by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: Outdoor Action.


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.

54 thoughts on “My Friend, My Shadow”

  1. Eivor today looks healthy and happy ๐Ÿ™‚
    This shelter pic reminds me of a beagle that one of our family friends adopted few years ago. He was at a pharmaceutical company, and experimented with drugs, just like a guinea pig. Poor dog was so scared of human beings. He used to run away and hide when we went near him. He was even scared of the person who adopted him. They looked after him really well. Though he survived for just a year after he was rescued, he definately had a less painful death.

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    1. Oh Rekha, the dog’s health would have been so poor and at least he knew love before he left this world. It takes a lot of time for some dogs to trust you, we had one dog where it took almost four months. The main thing is patience and not to approach them when they are frightened. Let them get to know you and come to you when they are ready. Thank you for visiting and much love to you xxx

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      1. Yes Xenia. We feed few stray dogs everyday. Initially they were scared of us, now they know we mean no harm to them so they come closer.
        Love to you ,Eivor and Pearl โคโค๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Xiena, you have a hugh heart. I love your blog it opens up my world to the animal world and your view of the world. You take great photos and write beautifully, that make one just really feel thank god of Xiena and her love for taking care of these dogs … what a charitable act , and act of compassion.

    Thanks for sharing as always

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    1. Thank you gor your kind words and we feel so blessed to share our journey with our rescue hounds and to have shared it with those now on the other side of the rainbow. Thank you for stopping by and much love to you and your rescue furbaby ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Rosemary, I always believe that if we can love our own shadow and accept it as a part of ourselves (in the way dogs so easily do) it can be a true friend.


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