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a blue whippet in a purple harness running on tidal sands

This morning we received this lovely message from WordPress:

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Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 3 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

… and we want to say a heart-felt thank you for walking along with us these last three years. It’s been a true joy to meet so many of you here while we leap across the sands …

a black whippet leaping acrosss the tidal sands

… show you how wonderful it is to get a second chance in life in a new home with a new family …

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet walking side by side on tidal sands

… and share the amazing beauty we find in nature.

seagulls preening and wading along the shore at low tide

Thank you for all the love, your support and your comments, your inspiration.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Walk

Wordless Wednesday: Heart Song

 

a black whippet leaping across a tidal lagoon towards the camera

 

a black whippet leaping across a tidal pool towards the camera

 

a black whippet running across a tidal sands towards the camera

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Euphonious

 

Wordless Wednesday: Sprouting Wings

 

two whippets facing each other on a narrow forest trail, ready to play

 

two whippets running and playing on a narrow forest trail

 

a black whippet and a blue whippet running towards the camera between the pine trees

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 125.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sprout

 

Haiku: Earth’s Garden

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket between the pine trees

 

a new day
sensing its beauty
earth’s garden

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket sniffing the grass between the pine trees

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket sniffing the grass between the pine trees, a blue whippet in a winter jacket walking behind him

We wish you all a very happy Tuesday and a wonderful rest of the week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 125, f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 160.

 

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Garden

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Texture

 

Helping the Hounds of Macau

 

a black whippet with a green collar sitting on a blanket and green sofa

 

We want to share a story with you today about greyhounds that have been racing far away, in the Canidrome at Macau. Greyhound breeders from Australia sent their slower dogs here without much regard for their welfare. The ground on the track was hard, the facilities for the greyhounds were poor. Many were injured, many were put down if they weren’t fast enough. Animal welfare campaigners have been raising their concerns for years. Finally, in 2016, the decision was made by Macau officials that the Canidrome had to close. The owners were given two years’ notice. They were obliged to arrange a suitable rehoming programme for 650 dogs. When the Canidrome closed its doors in July 2018, 532 dogs were left inside, in urgent need of rehoming.

Local charity Anima (Society for the Protection of Animals in Macau) appealed for help to save the dogs. Volunteers began pouring into the Canidrome to help clean the kennels and care for the animals. An international rehoming programme was launched with the help of Pet Levrieri (Italy) for Europe and GREY2K USA Worldwide for the USA and Canada.

 

Kennel Sponsorship Certificate for Macau Greyhounds at Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary

 

We are sponsoring a kennel for the Macau dogs at the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary. This weekend five of the six dogs (aged between 5 and 8) arrived at Heathrow airport and are now safely recuperating from their long journey in their foster homes in Scotland. One more dog, aged 13 (Hong Kong Ace in the photograph above) will arrive in March. There are several other senior dogs still to be rehomed in Europe of which six will go to Italy, five to the UK and one to France.

The key to the success of this programme is the help and goodwill of many people working together. Every positive contribution has played its part, however small. Watching video footage of Heathrow’s Animal Team handlers walking through the sliding glass doors and handing dogs over to volunteers from various greyhound charities has brought tears to our companion’s eyes. Tears of joy. After everything these dogs have been through, some were smiling and wagging their tails. It’s as if they know that a happier life is ready to begin. The kind of life that every dog deserves. With walks in nature. A loving place to call home.

 

close up of a blue whippet with a pink collar looking up at the camera

 

For up to date information about the rescue and rehoming operation you can visit Save the Macau Greyhounds’ Facebook page.

The National Greyhound Adoption Program in the USA has taken one hundred of the Macau hounds in for rehoming in the USA. If you are in the US and interested in adopting or offering help, please contact them in the first instance.

Pet Levrieri in Italy have been co-ordinating the rehoming of the hounds throughout Europe and currently have dogs in foster and waiting for rehoming.

Levriers en Détresse is rehoming dogs in France and Greyhound Protection is rehoming dogs in Germany.

Several UK charities are taking in fifty dogs rescued from the Canidrome between them, of which Celia Cross Greyhound Trust is helping to rehome twenty.

Forever Hounds Trust is taking in three and have set up a Just Giving page.

We are supporting the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary who are taking six dogs in total. They have a special sponsorship programme for the Macau greyhounds which remains open until April.

Some of the other UK charities involved are Erin Hounds Sighthound Rescue, Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre, the Greyhound Awareness League (GAL), Greyhound Gap, Greyhound Rescue and Co-ordinated Emergencies (GRACE) and Makants Greyhound Rescue North West.

If you know anyone who might be interested in helping or adopting, please share. The remaining greyhounds are scheduled to arrive by the end of March.

Please help us say a prayer that they will all arrive safely in their new homes to enjoy a happy and loving retirement

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

 

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Key

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Surface

 

Haiku: Dream World

Achany Forest

 

wooden sculpture of a hawk in Achany Forest

 

as if in a dream
connecting us all
nature’s love

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket beside a wooden hawk sculpture on a forest trail

 

a dreamy blurry image of two whippets in winter jackets on a frozen forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/200 s, ISO 100.

 

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intimate

 

Haibun: Before Spring

 

a black whippet in a blue and black winter jacket striding out along the beach

 

Big waves bring driftwood trees, the wind covers them with sand. Some branches and root balls reach for the sky, casting a filigree of shadows. Hovering on salty air, gulls survey a new landscape.

melting snow
earth re-arranges herself
before spring

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a blue and black winter jacket approaching a partially covered driftwood tree on the beach

 

driftwood and root balls, partially covered by sand on the beach and one driftwood tree planted upright

The weather has been wild here during Storm Erik and we hope everyone in his path is safe and well.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #72: First Spring Gust

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #32: Shadows

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flare