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Haibun: Second Chance

#Haiku Happenings #12: Xenia Tran’s latest #haibun for #dVerse Poet Pub’s Quadrille 46!

Whippet Wisdom - a Highland Journey

Forest trail near mountains covered in snow under a grey sky

Behind grey prison walls an inmate learns to readjust, to love, to take responsibility at crunch time. He repairs their fractured trust, provides new skills for life and helps retired greyhounds stride into a better future.

flying above the snows
a robin sings

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet and a blue whippet in winter coats running on a snow covered forest trail

Many racing greyhounds have only been taught how to race and require rehabilitation and training to help them adapt to a new life as pets. Some ex-racers are rehomed straight from the track with experienced sighhound owners who are happy to do the rehabilitation themselves. Others go into foster care before they are ready for rehoming and some go into prison programmes where carefully selected inmates are trained as dog handlers. The inmates devote all their time to the rehabilitation of the hounds and are making a positive contribution to the dogs’ lives as well as to the wider community where the dogs…

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