Sweet Dreams Sweet Pearl

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

Wordless Wednesday: Run Free Sweet Eivor

a black and white whippet running a forest with lush spring leaves
a black and white whippet running a forest with lush spring leaves

There are no words to describe how much we love you and how you will always live on in our hearts.

Eivor passed away peacefully last night. He had enjoyed so many good moments despite his illness and handled everything with such love and grace.

We will share some of those moments over the next few weeks to celebrate his life. He always wanted to live it to the full and take as many memories with him as possible.

Pearl seems to understand where Eivor is in a way that has always been much smarter than our own understanding of a spirit’s comings and goings. Her friendship with Eivor transcends his passing from one world to the next and we know that our own friendship with Eivor will transcend his passing too.

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

close up of black whippet in red fleece sleeping in front of the fireplace

divine love
every memory
a lasting gift

© Xenia Tran

blue whippet in pink fleece snuggled up with sleeping back whippet in red fleece

This post is dedicated to Frank Jansen from Dutch Goes the Photo whose beloved 15-year old corgi Ransom just crossed the rainbow bridge.

Our heart goes out to Frank and his family who gave Ransom the happiest life he could ever have wished for.

He asks us to post one or more photographs that hold special memories for us.

These photographs were taken at the beginning of this month when Eivor and Pearl were snuggled up in front of the fire during the Siberian winds.

Run free sweet Ransom.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4, 1/250 s, ISO 100 and f/6.3, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

Carpe Diem #1396: Unfold your own Myth

This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

Sweet Memories


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We are walking through the pine forest climbing to the higher ground. The sweet smells make me happy and I can hear the birds singing in the trees.

I know Ruby is here too. We saw angels on the mountain yesterday and they always remind me of Ruby. Our companions scattered her ashes in the forest and here her spirit runs free. Free from pain, free from illness. She is happy where she is now and that makes me very happy.

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caledonia pine
sweet smell carries melody
of her memory

© Xenia Tran


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I am sending you so much love,

Eivor xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in windows photo editor.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, settings: iA and Landscape.


Daily Prompt: Melody

Carpe Diem #1041 Pines


Always In Our Hearts

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I will always know you are here
whichever way the wind blows.

© Xenia Tran

With love from Eivor xxx

Photograph by Xenia Tran, edited in windows photo editor.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA

Daily Prompt: Wind

Sweet Dreams, Sweet Seamus

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Seamus was wagging his tail and had a big smile on his face. The sun was out and the waves were gently rolling towards the shore. He broke into a canter to say hello to some of his doggie pals further along the beach.

He never reached them.

The vet said he had suffered a heart attack and that the kindest thing would be to let him go.

So we said:

Sweet dreams, sweet Seamus. Thank you so much for walking by our side for the last thirteen years like the best friend we could ever have wished for.

Thank you for climbing the fells and crags with us and taking us to the beaches, lochs and glens we might not have discovered without you.

Thank you so much for welcoming and helping to rehabilitate so many other rescue dogs in our home and in our friends’ homes.

Thank you more than anything for helping Flynn, Fergal, Ruby, Eivor and Pearl leave their past worries behind.

Thank you for showing them the way to a happier life.

Your legacy lives on and we are so grateful to have shared this journey with you.

Let your spirit run free.

I know that we will meet again on the other side of the rainbow.

Loving you always,


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