Meeting Misty

portrait of a senior brindle whippet in a red coat

A warm-hearted thank you to all of you who showed so much kindness and love after the loss of our beloved Eivor and Pearl last month. Your prayers, healing, comments, messages and cards have wrapped us in a warm blanket of comfort, love and light.

We had no intention of fostering or adopting another dog so soon until angels both in heaven and on earth brought Misty into our lives. She was the much-loved only dog of an elderly couple, who have cared for her since she was a pup. The woman passed away six years ago and her widower passed away recently.

a senior brindle whippet in a red coat on the beach

Misty is used to a quiet life and needs to be the only pet in the house. Her family are great animal lovers with a house full of pets and a lively toddler.

They contacted rehoming charity Give a Greyhound a Home and asked if they could find a Forever Foster Home for Misty. Misty is on medication for life for one health condition and on a special diet for another. She is receiving supplements for a third condition and a fourth condition is currently not life-threatening, though needs to be monitored.

a senior brindle whippet in a red coat running across tidal sands

The family visited us with Misty the day before we were leaving for a short break. In the midst of all our grief, Misty moved between us with love, kindness and grace and we felt the possibilities for healing.

There were tears. Above all, there was love. They left Misty in our care with her food and medication, her beds and blankets and a warm red coat.

portrait of a senior brindle whippet in a red coat beside an ancient pine

Here a new journey begins. We feel grateful and blessed to be able to care for this sweet soul in her twilight years and remain in close contact with her family.

Our walks are shorter and quieter, giving us special times together with all the beauty and magic that nature has to offer.

We will post here on Mondays and Thursdays, and continue to post on our sister blog Tranature on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a blessed Summer Solstice/Winter Solstice tomorrow,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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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.

97 thoughts on “Meeting Misty”

  1. Xenia, it’s amazing how life heals and works. I’m so glad for Misty and you and your husband. It’s not everyone who will take an older dog with health issues. She will give you all the love she has and you will give her yours. I’ve got tears in my eyes writing this. Luck and love to all of you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, love and good wishes dear Anne. Caring for an older dog can be so rewarding and we love to do it when we can. Misty is a real sweetheart and we are so grateful we found each other. It is truly amazing how life heals and works, Much love back to you from all of us here πŸ’– xxx

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      1. There was an article online yesterday about some ‘movie star’ who had always wanted a puppy, but instead saw an older dog and adopted him. Said it is the best thing he has ever done. He posted a photo of him driving and the dog is resting his chin on his shoulder. Sweetest photo and such a great shoutout to older dogs.

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      2. What a wonderful story Lois, that is so lovely to hear! We have adopted older dogs and cats in the past and it is so rewarding. Wishing you a lovely rest of the day and please give your sweet kitties a gentle pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸˆ xxx

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  2. What a treasure Misty will be. I didn’t know you had lost both Eivor & Pearl recently. It is hard to go on without our wonderful companions, yet we do. Having another dog who needs your tender care will help in your healing process. I still miss my sweet Jello, yet Max and Daisy fill me with joy daily 🐾

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lindy and I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Jello. He will always be with you in spirit and it is so lovely to hear the joy Max and Daisy bring you now. These kind souls are great healers and give us so much to be grateful for πŸ’– xxx

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  3. oh she looks like a wise and gentle soul. I also was touched with tears when i read this and saw the pictures. the universe sent her to you and you responded. I have a feeling that she was sent to you by your two angels in heaven. Enjoy your quiet walks together.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear friend, it does feel as if Eivor and Pearl have been trying to help us from the other side and Misty is such a gentle soul. We will treasure our quiet walks together and send much love from our house to yours πŸ’– xxx

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  4. All it took was one look at Misty and it was obvious she is a beautiful soul. It’s so strange the way things happen sometimes, but in the end, love seems to attract those who need it most, hence Misty’s path and yours crossing now. I’m so happy for both of you. I would like to say “Hello” to Misty and I would be honored if you could give her a gentle pat for me. This is beautiful all round. Thank you for caring for this wonderful girl, Xenia. Misty is now guaranteed happiness for the rest of her days, and that lights up my day half a world away. Here’s wishing the best for all of you. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Mike and Misty says hello and thank you for the gentle pat too πŸ’œ It feels as if our paths were meant to cross and we are enjoying our quiet walks and sweet moments at home together. Wishing you a blessed rest of the day too and much love from our house to yours πŸ’–

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  5. What a sweet, lovely girl πŸ•πŸ’š I’m so glad you found each other. Please give her a gentle pat from us and much love to you all πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ•xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy and Misty says thank you for the gentle pat too πŸ’š We’re so grateful we found each other. Wishing you a lovely evening and please give sweet Flynn a gentle pat from us too πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ• xxx

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  6. I often tell my clients that you cannot pre-determine when your next dog will arrive. You will simply know. Misty was brought into your lives because you are great dog parents and have the experience that she needs. Congratulations on your new addition. I look forward to more posts!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kathleen. It is so true that you cannot predetermine these things and everything seemed to align in heaven as well as on earth to bring us together. We couldn’t have wished for a sweeter soul and we will treasure every moment of our special journey together πŸ’– xxx

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    1. I pushed send too soon — her name. Long long long long ago my mom dog sat a geriatric miniature poodle named Misty. That dog was fearless and a character. When her “real” human came to get her, she wouldn’t go with her. She wanted to stay with my mom. She was one of greatest dogs and I am 100% sure my mom’s life was better with Misty in it. Consequently, I have a soft spot for dogs with that name and this one? What a beauty, what a sweet face, and what a lovely story.

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      1. Aww thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story dear Martha! It sounds like your mum and her Misty were helping each other too πŸ’œ Much love from our house to yours and please give sweet Bear and Teddy a gentle pat from us all πŸ’•πŸ• xxx

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  7. Welcome Misty! I believe the good Lord always has wonderful plans for us that we don’t even know about. As one door closes another will open and as your heart is healing how wonderful this gentle soul is there as she needs your help in her older years. You and your family are so very special indeed, and it makes me smile that Eivor and Pearl are smiling down on your new addition to keep you company. Blessings to you and family Xenia! β€οΈπŸΎπŸ’œπŸ™πŸ’ž

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Diana πŸ’— I truly believe and trust in the plans from above and the healing it brings for everyone involved. We can feel Eivor and Pearl smiling down on us too in the same way I can feel Zack smiling down on you, Chloe and Murphy πŸ’ž Sending blessings to you too and please give sweet Chloe and Murphy a gentle pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ§‘πŸ΄ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear friends and thank you so much too for your beautiful card with the rainbow heart πŸ’œ We are so grateful we have found each other and look forward to getting to know sweet Misty and treasure each step on the journey. Hope you are keeping well too and please give sweet Lilly and Ollie a gentle pat from us all πŸ’•πŸ•πŸ’• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne, we are so grateful to be able to help her and she is helping us enormously too. Much love from our house to yours and please give sweet Biasini a gentle pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ§‘πŸ΄ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your love dear Nia, Misty is a real sweetheart and it feels as if this was meant to be. Sending healing thoughts and much love back from our house to yours πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸˆ xxx

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your little angels, it must have been heartbreaking for you.
    Welcome to Misty, you have found a wonderful forever home ❀️

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Sue. It was truly heart-breaking and in the middle of our grief we learned of Misty’s need for a forever foster home. She is a real sweetheart and it feels as if she was sent by our little angels πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, hugs and tail wags dear Monika, we look forward to sharing our journey with Misty and creating many happy memories πŸ’œ Much love back from our house to yours and please give sweet Norman and Elsa a gentle pat from us all πŸ’•πŸ•πŸ’• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear friends. It feels as if Eivor and Pearl and all our previous canine companions are smiling down on us and welcoming Misty into our lives. We have adopted senior dogs and cats in the past and it is always a pleasure to care for these gentle and wise souls. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do too and much love from our house to yours πŸΎπŸ’›πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kamal, Misty is such a sweet soul and it feels as if Eivor and Pearl are smiling too. Wishing you a blessed day and much love from our house to yours πŸΎπŸ’›πŸΎ xxx

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  9. Oh Xenia. I am so incredibly sorry to read of your loss of Eivor and Pearl. My warmest gentlest sighthound love & hugs to you from here from Tia & me. I can completely understand why a wait would have been needed, but isn’t it wonderful how doggos in need find a way into our lives. Your meeting with Misty sounded so similar to us meeting Tia. Wishing you the most peaceful & loving time getting to know her, as you also heal & she settles into her new season of life with you.πŸ’•πŸ’xxxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, hugs and love dear Penny πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž Eivor and Pearl were always inseparable and their spirits wanted to continue their journey together. It was heart-breaking for us and yet we are so grateful for the many happy years we shared our journey with them too. Although we were not expecting another canine companion so soon, Misty walked into our lives as if it was always meant to be. She is a real sweetheart and we look forward to caring for her in her twilight years. Sending lots of love and please give sweet Tia a gentle pat from us all πŸ’•πŸ•πŸ’• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear E.C., she is a real sweetheart and we are so grateful to be able to care for her in her twilight years. Hugs and love back to you and sweet Shelibean from Misty and me πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your good wishes dear Charu, it truly feels as if the Universe has brought us and sweet Misty together. Wishing you peace and happiness too in all that you do πŸ’œπŸ™

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