Sweet Dreams Sweet Pearl

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness in a woodland garden
a black whippet surrounded by bluebells in a woodland garden
two whippets walking side by side across a wooden walkway

We are beyond devastated to let you know that Pearl followed Eivor across the rainbow bridge this morning.

She took a bad turn yesterday afternoon with a racing heart and a high temperature and stayed at the vets overnight, where her condition initially became stable. This morning she took another bad turn and the vet said that the kindest thing was to let her go.

I spent an hour by her side before she slipped away and wished her the safest journey.

Pearl was the sweetest, bravest and cheekiest soul we were lucky enough to share so many wonderful years with in this life.

She and Eivor were inseparable and now they are together again.

I am taking a break from blogging on Whippet Wisdom for the moment and will post my haiku, haibun, tanka, and other poems and photographs on my nature blog, Tranature.

Thank you all for walking along with us here over the years. It has been a great pleasure to share the natural beauty as seen through the eyes of our beloved friends. Their spirit will always live on in our hearts.

Peace and blessings to you all and thank you for your friendship,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Bereft

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 adopted and fostered whippets.

126 thoughts on “Sweet Dreams Sweet Pearl”

    1. Thank you kindly dear Cathy, we were afraid she might follow him soon as they were so close πŸ’” We are heartbroken and yet we are so grateful Eivor and Pearl can continue their journey together now πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’ž xxx

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      1. It was a shock and so sad to see your post, it’s so much to have to deal with. I hope knowing they are together gives you some comfort. Sending lots of love and hugs πŸ’žπŸ’•πŸ’žxxx

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      2. Thank you kindly dear Cathy πŸ’š After the initial shock we are so comforted they are walking side by side again. Eivor and Pearl were so close and it feels as if their spirits had to continue their journey together. Love and hugs to you and sweet Flynn too πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž xxx

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  1. My heart is breaking for you in a way that words cannot express. Sending you love filled tears and hugs in your time of mourning. May you find comfort in knowing you are loved, Deborah ❀

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  2. I am so very very sorry for you having to deal with such another great loss so soon. I can’t imagine how devastated you must be right now and my heart aches for you. Please be gentle with your self right now and take the time you need to adjust to the grief and loss.

    Yes soulmates till the end of their “earth time” and may there journey continue in your heart.

    my sympathies.
    jacquie

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Jacquie, they really are true soulmates and it is as if their journey is to continue together beyond this realm into the next. That brings great comfort, that they are together again and whilst we are grieving we are so grateful for all the memories and love they leave in our hearts πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  3. Oh, no, no, no! This is so sad, my heart goes out to you, Xenia. You must feel so devastated.
    Of course, Pearl wanted to follow her love beyond the Bridge, she must have felt lost without him. Love is a strong motivator. Be gentle with yourself, dear friend. Sending you hugs. ❀

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Eliza. Their bond was so strong, we were worried she might want to follow and now that she has, it feels as if this is where she needs to be. Their spirits can travel together again and that brings us great comfort. Thank you for the hugs and sending love back across the miles πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  4. How terrible to lose Pearl so soon after Eivor. You must be devastated. I wonder if Pearl died of grief. I’ve heard it can happen. Anyway, my eyes are full of tears, and I am so sad for you. Hugs across the ocean from Maine. Sigh. I will sure miss seeing pictures of those beautiful dogs.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and the hugs dear Laurie. We were worried she might follow Eivor soon as they were so close and now that she has, it feels very comforting to know they are together again. Much love back across the miles and thank you for all your support πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Annabelle and for walking along with us here all these years. Sending love to you and sweet Lyra across the miles and wishing you many more happy walks together πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  5. Xenia, I don’t have any words to express how I feel. It’s so sudden, and so soon after Eivor. I’m stunned, and my heart is just numb. I’m so sorry for your losses. I’m sending you love from Colorado and lots of caring wishes and light and hope and strength. Eivor and Pearl are together again, and that’s a good thing. I’m so sorry. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. I shall never forget Eivor and Pearl even though I never got to meet them personally. My sincerest condolences.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and caring wishes dear Mike and for walking along with us here all this time. Eivor and Pearl were so close and it feels as if their spirits needed to continue their journey together. That brings us comfort and we will always carry them in our hearts. Sending love back across the miles and thank you again for the beautiful haiku you wrote for them too πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž

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  6. I’m sending healing thoughts to you Xenia as you process through such a staggering loss. Know that your blogging fans send you love and light. May tomorrow bring sunshine and fond memories into your life.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and healing thoughts dear Anne. We are so grateful for your friendship and for all the memories. Knowing that Eivor and Pearl are together again brings its own kind of peace and the way they opened our eyes and hearts to the natural world will stay with us forever πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  7. Xenia, very sad to hear about Pearl. Eivor and Pearl were so close to each other maybe they wanted to be with each other the other side also. Thank you so much for sending us such lovely and beautiful posts about them. I will miss you dear Xenia. Lots of love and light.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support dear Kamal. It feels as if their bond was so close that they wanted to be together on the other side of the rainbow too. I am taking a short break and look forward to your inspiring and soothing posts that bring so much comfort to so many. Much love back to you and sweet Amber across the miles πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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      1. You are always welcome dear Xenia and they were souls who wanted to be together in death too. They will surely be missed on your lovely blog. Keep in touch and thank you Amber too is sending her love to you and your little darlings. Lots of love and light xxxxxxxx

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  8. I am so sorry, Xenia. I know you gave Pearl and Eivor a wonderful, joyful, loving home–and they gave you their love and devotion in return. It’s heartbreaking to lose both of them so close together. My heart goes out to you, Xenia. Take care and I hope you’re comforted by the memories of your joyful walks together.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Patti. It has been heartbreaking and yet we are so grateful they are now together again. The memories are everlasting and they opened our eyes and hearts to the natural world and its beauty around us in a way that will always stay with us. Hope you are keeping well and sending much love back across the miles πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  9. So very very sorry for your deep loss. I have so enjoyed their pictures through the years. I pray peace for you and your family during this time as they are family as well. They will be waiting for you at the Rainbow bridge with all of your other loves.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your prayers dear Anita and for walking along with us here throughout the years. They are truly family and I do believe we will all meet again one day. Much love back from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  10. Oh gosh, no!!! I’m so sorry for this second loss. Tears have filled my heart for you; we’re sending you loving thoughts of comfort and peace (sorry I just couldn’t hit the ‘Like’ button). πŸ’” Now sweet Pearl will be with her Eivor forever.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and loving thoughts of comfort dear Monika. Eivor and Pearl were so close and despite our heartbreak we are so grateful they are together on their next spirit journey too. The love between them was something to behold and we are so blessed to have witnessed this and walked along them during these magical years. Thank you for all your support and much love back from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  11. Oh my goodness!! We are so heartbroken to see this!! Can’t imagine how difficult all this ….sending you lots of hugs and prayers!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us all while you had them!!! πŸ’”πŸ™πŸ»

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, hugs and prayers dear friends and for walking along with us here all these years. Eivor and Pearl could never be apart and we are at peace that they can now run and play together again on the other side of the rainbow. Thank you for all your support and much love back from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  12. I’m so sorry. Being new to your blog, I don’t feel like I know you, but I’m so sorry for your loss, and as others have said, so close together, and at least they are together. Devastating for you I am sure. So, so, sorry.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Sarah. You found us at a time when we had to let go of our beloved companions. As heart-breaking as this is, it is also part of the tremendous amount of love that will always transcend their departure. They are on an amazing journey together and it gives us great comfort to know they can continue to walk side by side where they are now πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž

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  13. I looked at this post title twice and thought, “Dear God–no.” Xenia, I am heartbroken for you. Their bond was so strong, I think Pearl was heartbroken over Eivor. I am so sorry. πŸ’”

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lois. Eivor and Pearl were truly inseparable and it feels as if their spirits needed to continue their journey together. As heart-breaking as this is, it gives us great comfort to know they are now running side by side on their next adventures. Thank you for all your support and much love from our house to yours πŸ’•πŸˆπŸ’• xxx

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  14. Oh, Xenia. How shocking for you to lose Pearl so soon after losing Eivor. My heart is breaking for you. I have enjoyed following this blog and your adventures with the dogs. You need time to assimilate their losses. I can only thank you for sharing them with us and to take some comfort that they are together again. When the breeze blows by, they will be visiting you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kathleen. It has been quite a shock and the one great comfort is that they are together again. They visited us together an hour ago and will always live on in our hearts. Thank you for all your support and much love from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž

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  15. oh Xenia, I am so sorry to hear this. Loss of our dear animals is heart rending every single time. So sorry for the passing of Eivor and Pearl, and I do relish their running together on the other side of the rainbow bridge. Peace and healing to you. Ziggy the cat is sitting on my lap and sends his regards as well.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Steph. It gives us great comfort to know they are running together again across the rainbow and they will always live on in our hearts. The bond between them was and is amazing and I’m so glad they can continue this way. Please give sweet Ziggy a gentle pat from me and much love back from our house to yours πŸ’•πŸˆπŸ’• xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Betty, we can feel the lovely energy across the miles πŸ’— Thank you for all your support and for walking along with us here and much love from our hearts to yours πŸ’žπŸ’—πŸ’ž xxx

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  16. πŸ’œ Xenia I am so very very sorry. πŸ’™ πŸ’”

    🐾🐾 My image of Dog Heaven is a beautiful forest where all my dogs live together and hunt and run safely all the time, where there is always fresh water and their favorite food and, most of all, each other. There is a house there where I will live someday. Some of my friends’ dogs live there, too. It snows but it’s never bitterly cold. The grass is always green and soft. There are rabbits to chase but never catch (the hunt is everything!) There is also a beach because some of my dogs loved the ocean.

    Over the years (since I was 35) I have had and lost 25 dogs. Every loss was so very painful, but when the time was right, one of the Enchanted Forest dogs brought me another. Lily brought me Bear. Dusty T. Dog brought me Teddy, three years ago today. Dusty was still here, but only a few days longer. Ariel brought me Jasmine and Lily and so it went. I can hear them sometimes when I’m hurting from the loss saying, “You gave us such a good home, keep your eyes open…”

    I know the time is coming when I won’t be able to care for a dog. I hope it’s not soon. But the day will come when I will join all of them for eternal hikes. It’s the sad unfathomable reality of life. But I have tears in my eyes, Xenia. Bear, Teddy and I send you our love. πŸ’š 🐾🐾

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your love dear Martha. I love your idea of Dog Heaven and it sounds like a beautiful world where we can be with all our loved ones again. You have said goodbye to more than twice the number of four-legged friends we’ve said goodbye too and what an enormous amount of love we all have been given during these journeys together. Thank you for all your support and much love back to you and sweet Bear and Teddy πŸ’žπŸ’—πŸ’ž xxx

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  17. Oh my goodness!! I am shocked and sorry to know of this loss Xenia. When I first encountered your blog I was instantly drawn in with the energy of love and joy you shared. Wishing you peace and strength!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Pragalbha and for walking along with us here through the years. It has been an amazing journey and we are so grateful for all the time we had these two beautiful souls guide to us along the way. It is a great comfort to know they are together again and they will always live on in our hearts. Thank you for all your support and much love from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’—πŸ’žπŸ™ xxx

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  18. Wishing you solace as you mourn the loss of your beloved Eivor and Pearl. The sweet, gentle souls with soft eyes filled with curiosity who darted across beaches and through the woods.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and wishes dear Arati and for walking along with us here through the years. There is so much solace in all the memories and in walking in those forests and on those beaches their souls so lovingly touched πŸΎπŸ’šπŸΎ

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  19. I’m so sad to hear of your loss. Bless your heart. The Beauties are too beautiful for this world, and it’s a precious gift the time you were blessed with them. It’s a bigger gift they gave by you sharing their journeys and adventures with us. Sending Big Hugs and healing thoughts! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and healing thoughts dear E.C. and for walking along with us here through the years. The time we were blessed with them was a gift we will always treasure and it was such a pleasure to share. Big hugs back and much love from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’—πŸ’ž xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Alanna and thank you too for walking along with us here all these years. I am so grateful I was able to share the way they explored the natural world and all that they taught me and I hope all the good memories will stay with you too πŸΎπŸ’šπŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Ann-Christine, it is heart-breaking and something we were aware of that might happen, as Eivor and Pearl were so close. Their spirits are together again and that brings us great comfort πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  20. Oh Xenia, such heartbreaking news about Pearl. You must be devastated. Words certainly fail in such a sad situation, but it seems like they were truly bonded and like a long-married couple passed on together. Pearl must have been truly grieving.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear friends. Eivor and Pearl were always inseparable and it feels as if their spirits wanted to continue their journey together. We are so grateful for the time we had and it brings ua great comfort to know they are together again. Thank you so much for your support and for walking along with us here throughout the years, and much love from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž

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  21. Lulu: “Oh no, not Pearl too! So soon!”
    Java Bean: “She must have not been able to bear being separated from Eivor.”
    Charlee: “Run free over the Rainbow Bridge, sweet girl!”
    Chaplin: “We Hipsters send lots of purrs your way.”
    Lulu: “And we dogs send lots of tail wags!”

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, purrs and tail wags dear friends πŸ’— Pearl and Eivor were inseparable and it brings us great comfort to know they are together again on the other side of the rainbow 🌈 Thank you for your support and much love back from our house to yours πŸ’•πŸ’œπŸ’•

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  22. So many friends responding here as I’m a day late after my return from vacation. I’ve read somewhere before that you should not respond with a story of I’ve been there too, but I’m going to share with you anyways as I’m wanting to share my thoughts, so forgive me as I know this is not about me but sometimes it helps as we all go through these passings in one way or another, together. When my Dad passed away suddenly from a heart attack, my Mom followed him 10 days later and I truly believe she passed from a broken heart. It will be 20 years ago next year and there definitely is comfort in knowing they are together again as it should be. My heart goes out to you and your family as you grieve for Pearl. I do think with the sadness there is much Love knowing they both are romping the fields together. Sending huge giant HUGS, to you my sweet blogging friend!!
    β€οΈπŸΎπŸ’™πŸΎβ€οΈπŸΎπŸ’™

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and the giant hugs dear Diana πŸ’— I am so sorry you lost both parents in such a short time and it does feel as if their love was so strong their spirits wanted to continue together too. Thank you for sharing this dear friend and it shows us how love and devotion can flow from this world to the next. We are devastated to lose Pearl so soon after losing Eivor and yet we are so at peace to know they are together again. It brings us great comfort to know they are zooming and playing on the other side of the rainbow free from earthly pain. Please give sweet Chloe and Murphy a gentle pat from me and much love back from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’—πŸ’ž xxx

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  23. I have been having difficulty liking and commenting on posts, Xenia. I was shocked to read this post. I am so sorry for your loss, your double loss. If I could I would give you a big hug. Like Eivor, Pearl touched us with her love and kindness, and was never far from Eivor’s side. It seems she has again followed her heart.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and the hug dear Tracy πŸ’— Pearl and Eivor were inseparable and although we are heartbroken by the double loss we were aware that it might happen. We are so grateful for the wonderful, love-filled years they shared our journey. Pearl followed her heart and knowing that she and Eivor are together again brings us great comfort at this time. Thank you for all your support and much love from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  24. Oh that’s always a hard story to live Xenia…but for sure lucky pups to have you as their owners…may they fly together big hugs and love πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΆπŸΆπŸ’–sending you all some joy as well hedy

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and hugs dear Hedy and for sending us some joy as well πŸ’– It is a great comfort to know they are flying together and we are so grateful for the amazing years we had. Thank you for your support and much love back from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’–πŸ’ž xxx

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  25. It breaks my heart. I couldn’t even finish reading the post it’s like my mind telling me not to read and that might change the outcome. I am so very sorry my friend. I have a furbaby and can’t imagine the pain you have to go through.
    Hugs
    Charu.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and hugs dear Charu πŸ’— It was heart-breaking and somehow there is a deep sense of peace and gratitude to know they are together again. They were inseparable and their spirits wanted to continue their journey together. Thank you for your support and much love back from our home to yours πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž

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      1. Thank you kindly dear Simon. We are so grateful for the years they shared with us. They took us to many places we might never have seen and spread joy in so many ways. Thank you for walking along with us here over the years, it is lovely you could see their joy too πŸΎπŸ’œπŸΎ

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  26. Xenia, I am so very sorry I haven’t been around to know your pain at losing both of your babies and give you a few words of comfort. My heart hurts for you at the loss of both your pups in such a short time. I hope you can find some peace in their memories and the happy, fun times you shared with both. Sending my love and hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts, love and hugs dear Mary. We were afraid this might happen as Pearl and Eivor were inseparable. It does bring us comfort that they are together again and that their spirits will continue their journey side by side. We have so many magical moments and memories to treasure and are so grateful to have shared our journey with them too. Wishing you a blessed new week and much love from our house to yours πŸ’•πŸˆπŸ’• xxx

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  27. Bitter Sweet
    Nature of Give
    And Take Share
    And Hoard Heal
    And Harm Yet What

    Lives on Are Those Who
    Truly Love Becoming ParT

    of Our Soul to Carry on mY FRiEnD

    Xenia So Sad to See the Other Twin Angel

    Pearl Go
    With Eivor
    Now Twin
    Angels of
    Fur On Earth
    Inseparable
    iN Living And Death
    As LoVE CaRRieS ON
    This Living Tree As Leaves
    of Eivor And Pearl Breathe
    On in Loving Eyes of We Who Are Souls

    Still FoLLoWinG ALong THeir Nature Love Free
    As Verily True i Haven’t Missed A Step Here for
    Over 5 Years Since 2017 What A Gift They And
    You aRE ALWays to Inspire Nature of SoUL Dancing Singing Free
    SMiLes i’ll Drift on Over to the Rest of the Nature of Your Poetry mY FRiEnD

    i Love
    You
    DEAR FRiEnD
    Xenia With SMiLes..:)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words dear Fred and for walking along with us here throughout the seasons for the past five years. It has been such a pleasure to share these moments and read your poetic and soulful responses πŸƒπŸ’šπŸƒ Eivor and Pearl are together again and that brings us so much comfort and peace. We love you too dear friend and wish you a belated happy 62nd birthday and a wonderful weekend to you and Katrina too πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž

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  28. I couldn’t write anything when I heard this dear Xenia, I cried. How possible to love a dog from a distance like us… but it is, yes. with your photographs and poems they were all in my life too. I am so sad. Rest in Peace for both of them. Memories will be always… So much Love, nia

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts dear Nia and for loving our dogs from afar. For a generous heart, distance makes no difference and I am sure Eivor and Pearl could feel that they were loved by you and so many others too. The memories will always be with us and we are so grateful to have shared our journey with them for so long. Sending much love to you too dear Nia and hope you feel better soon πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts dear LuAnne, it was heart-breaking and the thought that Eivor and Pearl are together again brings us great comfort. Angels in heaven and on earth have since brought the sweetest soul into our lives who had just lost her owner. We are both helping each other with love and healing and our home has become her home too πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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