Notes from small dog XLI

pics 053Hmm… 41st post… XLI… doesn’t look as good as all the kiss-crosses in the XXX’s post… but it might stop certain people finding me instead of what they are really searching for… whatever that is.

She keeps shaking her head about that…

You’re an odd lot, you two-legs sometimes….

ORC broch 031Easy to train though.

Take her, for instance. She’s decided I have to stop barking at birds and the cat next door. She’ll let me off with the warning bark for intruders… you know, like the postman… but she’s got this bee in her bonnet that I might be antisocial. Me? ?? You don’t get any more social than me! Unless you are a cat…

So, she did all the reading up and seems to think distraction might work. Heh… works beautifully… but not quite how she imagined. She reckoned without the Black Beast of Waddesdon (oh, yes, Ball-guy… I saw that… casting aspersions… What are ‘spersions anyway? And can we play fetch with ‘em?). It only took me a day to train her. Now every time I want to play ball, I nip outside and pretend to bark and she dives for the ball and starts throwing it for me. Stops me barking alright…

book 002‘Course, I did mess up a bit… and she caught on… I can’t blame her really. I nip outside, have a quiet bark, and I hear, “Where’s the ball, Ani?” Got her. I run in, she throws ball. Simple. Well, that’s how it’s s’posed to work. Trouble is, I got a bit ahead of myself, nipped outside, barked, then brought her the ball before she could speak… She had words with me ‘bout that…

Not that it’s stopping her. Ah well, if she thinks she’s training me, it’ll keep her happy. And the exercise is good for her. You could say that “what is done out of Love is beyond Good and Evil,” but that would give the game away.

Oh yes, Ball-guy, I devoured the Nietzsche.

You didn’t want it back, did you?

book 003

And as for the latest literary suggestion, doesn’t The Sacred Executioner deal with human sacrifice? Hmm?

He gets some weird ideas… Nature of the beast, I suppose…

I mean, he wrote about me playing hide and seek with the ball in Giants Dance… now he’s complaining when I add a few refinements of my own? “It is the business of the very few to be independent”… sure I read that somewhere recently…

Must go check…earthwalker 021

Much love,
Ani xxx

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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10 Responses to Notes from small dog XLI

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Here Ani, here you go: I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
    I hope this helps you out! And although SamCat is a cat, he says if he can hiss at the dog next door, you’re entitled to bark at the cat next door. Hugs!!!!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      You sure SamCat is a cat? That sounds awful like common sense to me… Maybe I should add Heinlen to my reading list ( she’s bound to have a copy somewhere). …
      Say thank you ( can’t believe I’m saying this…) to SamCat….
      Much love,
      Ani xxx


  2. ksbeth says:

    we all know who’s training who…..)


  3. They all have our number, Sue. Thanks for the smiles, Ani, and good luck with the training. wink. wink. 😉


  4. It’s always good to know who’s in charge! lol 😉


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