Haibun: Comfort

black whippet in a winter jacket walking towards the camera on a forest trail covered in autumn leaves

It is almost two years ago that Mark Woods had to make a difficult decision. Walnut the whippet was eighteen years old and had been increasingly unwell. He wanted to take his faithful friend for one last walk on his favourite beach. In a simple Facebook post he invited other dog walkers to come along if they wanted to say goodbye to Walnut. The post was shared and shared. When we saw it on Twitter we shared it too.

Hundreds of people turned up. Children walked up to Walnut to stroke him and say goodbye. He was hugged, time and time again, while Mark held him in his arms. Walnut’s eyes were full of love. Every now and then he looked up at Mark and licked his face, as if to reassure him.

autumn gathers
her blanket of comfort
around our hearts

Β© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets walking towards each other on a forest trail with autumn leaves

The video below shows a recent interview with Mark.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/125 s, ISO 250 and f/3.2, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

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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.

55 thoughts on “Haibun: Comfort”

    1. It is never an easy decision dear Annabelle and every departure is so unique. Every time we have been there our dog or cat had a way of letting us know when they were ready that we could hear in our heart. We believe Millie will have her own way of telling you and in that moment you will know. Please give Millie and Pearl a big pat from us all. Thinking of you at this time and sending lots of love your way πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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