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 dogwalkers 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 carried him around wrapped in a blanket. Walnut’s eyes were full of love. Occasionally, he would look up at Mark and lick his face.

autumn gathers
her blanket of comfort
around our heart

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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