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

Haibun: Earth’s Garden

a black whippet in a blue harness walking among wildflowers

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste – Theodore Roethke

The sun warms our backs as we walk along a narrow trail between dandelion clocks and flowers. Rhododendron and lilac are in bloom and their scent seems extra sweet this morning. We feel at one with the wood, the bog lands and the meadow as if we have always been part of earth’s garden.

stirring the soul
goldfinches sing
in the alder

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a blue harness sniffing the grass in a woodland garden

In the spirit of Roethke’s quote, we are sharing some more treasured moments from our last walks with Eivor this week.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #201: Three of a Kind

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lilac

Haiku: Ascension Day

a blue and white whippet walking by a wooden sculpture in the forest

Ascension Day
a myriad of ways
to be reborn

© Xenia Tran

a new tree growing from an old stump in the forest

First of all we want to say a warm-hearted thank you for all your heart-felt messages and condolences we received after Eivor’s passing. It means a lot and it is deeply moving how so many of you feel a connection to him and his amazing spirit. He looked at everything in life with love and I am sure he could feel the love you have for him and your own animal friends and companions too.

As promised yesterday, I am sharing a few more special moments from the last days of his life today and over the next few days.

We wish you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Myriad

Haiku: A Moment to Treasure

a black whippet on a forest trail by a loch looking to his right between the trees

a new morning
all these ferns leaning
into light

© Xenia Tran

ferns unfurling in a sunlit forest

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #200: Every Little Thing

Word of the Day Challenge: Super

Wordless Wednesday: Through the Gap

a black whippet in a black jacket running through a gap between two grassy banks
a black whippet in a black jacket leaping through a gap between two grassy banks

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Tanka: Light Beams

two whippets in black jackets near a grassy bank

drawn in
once the rain passes
through the glen
the first cowslips of spring
reveal a tender yellow

© Xenia Tran

early cowslip blooming in wet grass

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Tanka Thursday: Spring

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Beam

Haiku: Shifting Clouds

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking through fields with cowslip and gorse

shifting clouds –
everywhere we look
yellow flowers

© Xenia Tran

rain coming down over the hills in the distance with gorse between the farmer's fields

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Colour Challenge: Mellow Yellow

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Shift

Haiku: Blessed Rain

the backs of two whippets in black jackets sniffing wet spring grass

blessed rain –
how earth creates
its own miracles

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a black jacket ankle-deep in lush green grass with a black whippet behind her

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #197: The Rule of Thirds

Word of the Day Challenge: Bliss

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Flowers

a senior black whippet in a maroon and grey jacket on a woodland trail
daffodils and spring grass

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Gracious

Tanka: Renewal

close up of a blue and white whippet on a woodland trail by a small loch

light settles
in tree stumps
and flowers
diligent notes
of spring’s renewal

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on a woodland trail with fading daffodils

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stump

Your Daily Word Prompt: Diligent