Wordless Wednesday: Are You Ready?

a black whippet in a black jacket jumping in the play-bow on the beach beside some driftwood
a black whippet in a black jacket leaping on the beach beside driftwood
close up shot of a black whippet taking off on the beach, all four feet off the ground

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: Articulate

Tanka: Edge of New Tomorrows

two whippets in winter jackets on the dunes overlooking the beach, the WWII defences and the Moray Firth

the blue
of a fuller day
fills the sky
spirits from another time
edge dreams of new tomorrows

© Xenia Tran

a row of tumbling WWII defences along the shore of the Moray Firth
two whippets in winter jackets chasing a ball on the beach

For those of you who read last month’s post Helping the Hounds of Macau we are delighted that the last remaining greyhounds have left the Canidrome on 26th March and have safely arrived in their adoptive countries. We are especially happy to see that the older greyhounds, including 13-year old Astrid, have made it and are now settled in their forever homes.

It makes us very happy to know they have comfortable beds and are being loved and cared for in a way every dog deserves to be loved and cared for.

A very big thank you again to Anima, GREY2K USA and Pet Levrieri for making this possible and to all the greyhound charities in Europe and the USA who have taken the greyhounds in and provided them with veterinary care, loving foster homes and forever homes.

You can see updates on how the rescued dogs are settling into their new lives at the new public page The Macau Greyhounds – Happy at Last

A very big thank you to all of you who kindly shared the information and helped spread the word.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Getting Your Ducks in a Row

Haibun: My Friend, My Rock

a black whippet in a multi-coloured jumper sitting beside his bed on a red carpet floor

My friend, my rock. Many people feel this way about their dog, including many homeless people.

Last Friday was the funeral of a homeless man called Nick. A homeless man who loved to read books and could often be found in London’s Strand near the Adelphi Theatre, his trusted dog Scarper by his side. Scarper is one of many dogs receiving free veterinary care and support from a charity called Dogs On The Streets (DOTS). In addition to veterinary care DOTS provide collars and tags, toys, dog coats, blankets and food. They provide support for their human companions too and will take the dogs into temporary foster care at their sanctuary when their human needs hospital care or rehab treatment. Ultimately, they aim to help both the homeless person and their dog into permanent accommodation.

seeing
through rising and falling mist
the first swallow

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a multi-coloured jumper resting her chin on her pal, also wearing a multi-coloured jumper

As some of you may be aware, when Nick passed away on the street, his dog Scarper would not leave his side. It was through the DOTS tag on her collar that Nick’s identity could be established. She was taken into foster care and has now been re-homed with Nick’s family.

DOTS is one of the charities we support through Sharing Our Horizon. We believe in the work they do and the crucial role dogs play in the lives of homeless people. For most, these dogs are all they have. They spend 24 hours a day together and provide their dogs with the kind of companionship some dogs in big houses may never know.

People can end up living on the streets for all kinds of reasons, especially in light of the current welfare system. Many have turned down offers of accommodation when they’re not allowed to bring their dog with them. These people have no desire to abandon their best friend, their rock.

If you want to find out more about the work DOTS do, are interested in volunteering or want to support in other ways, please check out their website.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Pananonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/6 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/40 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #78: Swallow

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rock

Haiku: Swallow Song

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket walking on the beach between WWII defences

forgotten shells
hidden between dunes and sky
a swallow sings

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket on the beach sniffing one of the WWII defences

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 – 1/800 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #78: Swallow

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #38: Weathered or Worn

Haiku: Spring Equinox

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket sniffing the ground in the dunes

exploring
the lightness of spring
in my heart

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running down from the dunes
a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running down from the dunes

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weeky Haikai Challenge #77: March Equinox

Carpe Diem #1630: Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage … The Kohechi Trail

Wordless Wednesday: Bringing Light into the Shadow

a blue and white whippet with a yellow ball walking on the beach by dunes and WWII defences
a blue and white whippet with a yellow ball walking on the beach by dunes and WWII defences
close up shot of a smiling blue and white whippet with a yellow ball in her mouth walking on the beach beside WWII defences

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring Equinox,

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 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shadows

Haibun: Growing

a black whippet in a winter jacket standing on the dunes below the pine trees with an orange ball in his mouth

Ah those waves can roll. Standing here, with the sand between my toes, I wonder. I wonder what it will be like to run along with the waves. The wind is cold and strong. I’m wearing a warm jacket. Sometimes, I remember how scared I used to be. Scared of the waves, scared of the wind. The outside world, which seemed normal to others, was new to me. There was a lot to take in. A lot to understand. A lot to trust.

every step
in eternity’s light
a full star

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a winter jacket running along the beach with an orange ball in his mouth
a black whippet in a winter jacket running along the beach with an orange ball in his mouth

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1629: Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage … The East Route

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wonder