Thank You for Spreading the Love

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet catching the morning sun in their large dog bed

We are delighted to share that we are sponsoring a kennel with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SSPCA, at two of their Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centres.

The SSPCA is Scotland’s largest animal welfare and rescue charity with nine Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centres across the country. They rescue, nurture and rehome animals, investigate abuse and play a vital role in research and education on animal welfare.

You can read more about the amazing work they do and watch a lovely introductory video on their website.

photograph of two kennel sponsorship certificates from the SSPCA

In addition to sponsoring the kennels at the SSPCA we were able to sponsor a special kennel at the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary in support of the Macau greyhounds. You can read their story in the post Helping the Hounds of Macau and a further update in Edge of New Tomorrows.

We are also very grateful that we could make a small donation to Dogs on the Streets (DOTS), a charity that cares for the dogs of the homeless and helps to find them and their owners suitable housing. You can read more about this story in our post My Friend, My Rock.

These are all small steps that are part of a longer journey.

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet relaxing in their dog bed in the living room

If you haven’t got your copy yet, please consider ordering Sharing Our Horizon from your local bookstore, Waterstones, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Amazon US or any of the other outlets featured on Our Book page.

It will give you a lovely memento with a selection of poems and photographs featured on this blog and helps to support dogs who are looking for their forever homes.

front cover of Sharing our Horizon, a book by Xenia Tran

Thank you so much for all your help,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Progress

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Nurture

Tanka: Path Of Promise

 

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every adoption
a promise to care for
a loving soul
snow-covered forest wonders
who is adopting who

© Xenia Tran

 

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Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200

 

In response to Carpe Diem 1108: Promise

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

 

Discover Challenge: The Things We Leave Behind

(Photographs taken by SSPCA)

The pictures above were taken at the shelter. I had left behind the only world I knew. An elderly man had bought me as a pup because he wanted company. He never took me out for a walk and my world was very small. He did give me affection and treats but did not know how to care for my needs.

When I was three years old he could no longer cope. His family did not want me either and they took me to the shelter.

I was very frightened. There were other dogs there, very stressed and frightened too. I could not sleep. I did not want to eat. The shelter staff were kind but could not quiet my worried mind.

I was adopted by our companions who already had older rescue dogs in their home. Seamus and Ruby took me under their wing and introduced me to a whole new world.

We walked in the forests and along rivers. I discovered new smells, new sounds and copied the older dogs wherever we went. The world I left behind was no longer on my mind.

I was scared of the sea, the sound of the waves. I did not want to walk beside the water. Seamus, Ruby and our companion encouraged me to leave my fears behind. They stayed calm, as if all was well. When I stopped pulling on the lead we walked quietly by the sea. The calm in their hearts became the calm in my heart.

Seamus would call me and say “Come in the water, it is so good for your legs!” Ruby would join him and say “Join us and play!”. I was happy walking beside the water but afraid to go in.

Ruby passed away, then Seamus. They are now playing on the other side of the rainbow. They left me behind and Pearl has joined our pack. I am now showing her how to be calm, how to be brave.

I go in the water and show her how nice it is. I tell her “It is good for your legs and cools you in Summer.”

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I left behind a lot of fears. From the world I left behind I have kept my love and compassion for older and lonely people. I recognise them on our walks, go over and look into their eyes. I let the love flow from my heart to theirs. They bend down and stroke me, some kiss me on my head.

From the world I left behind I have kept my love and compassion for the staff and volunteers at the shelter, the other dogs looking for a home. I send my love to them every day and I pray the animals will find their forever home, just like I did.

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When I see water today I dive in and play.

I send you all so much love,

Eivor xxx

Daily Post Discover Challenge: The Things We Leave Behind

Photographs taken by Xenia Tran, edited in windows photo editor.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: Outdoor Action and iA.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners

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Partners resting …

 

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Partners Playing …

 

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Partners waiting …

 

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Partners searching …

 

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Partners finding the sun.

 

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners

Photographs taken by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA and Outdoor Action

Play Time!

We hope every living being will be able to let their playful side come out and have some fun!

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We love to run and play. It is a lot of fun and it makes our human companions smile.

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When we were adopted from the shelter our playful nature helped us to settle into our new pack and into our new lives.

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We hope every living being will be able to let their playful side come out and have some fun! :o)

We send you all so much love,

Eivor and Pearl xx

Daily Prompt: Playful