Notes from a small dog LX

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Is this a tennis ball I see before me,
The curve toward my teeth? Come, let me catch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, gorgeous vision, chewable
And catchable in flight? or art thou but
A figment of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from a ball-obsessed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as chaseable
As any that she throws.
Thou marshall’st me the way that I will run;
And such a plaything I am keen to chase.
Mine eyes may play the fool but other senses,
Are better than the rest; I smell thee still,
And on thy surface, green and pristine fluff,
Which will not be so long…
(*Editor’s note… my profound apologies, on Ani’s behalf, to William Shakespeare and Macbeth…)

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She bribed me.

About time too, I haven’t had a new ball in ages...

‘Pparently it is a great British institution, this tennis ball business. She says that’s why she can’t get me many at present… ‘cause they all sold out. She also says that seeing as how this Wimbledon thingy has finished, there should soon be more balls around for me and more strawberries for her… we share the cream…

Which is just as well, ‘cause I reckon she owes me a bit of compensation. She’s off again already… barely been back two minutes, and all she’s been doing is buzzing around like a fly then collapsing like a squashed spider…  “Won’t be long, whirly girl,” she says. Yeah. Right.

So I packed my bag and I’ve left home.

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Well, okay, I’ve gone to stay with Hardy and Gooch again for a couple of days…And she needn’t think I will be having fun, playing chase and snuggling with the two-legs pup. I shall be miserable (at least, that’s what I’ll tell her) and I won’t eat (much…) and she will balls 011have to stump up the tennis balls and chicken when she gets back…

So I will try to keep my eye on the ball while she’s away…

But I may be too busy chasing it…

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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33 Responses to Notes from a small dog LX

  1. Running Elk says:

    I had no idea that Ani was a fan of the Bard… 😀 ❤ xx


  2. Oh, Ani, I hate to see you look so sad. Chin up, dear girl!!


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    That photo of her in the couch cushions is so precious! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mary Smith says:

    I think you’re going to have a wonderful time, Ani. Your friends look fun to be with. And you can be super-welcoming when she comes home again – as slong as she brings the tennis balls.


  5. A mid summer’s light dream, this.
    (Absence makes the heart grow fonder…and brings more tennis balls!)


  6. TanGental says:

    Ani, my two legs is a good host – fresh chicken on Mondays and Fridays so why not pack you bag when she deserts you again and catch the train to London. We’ll look after you and promise you walks, miles of walks. Mylo


  7. John Maberry says:

    Love it. My current dog has no affinity for tennis balls. Prior ones did. This one just wants to chase rabbits, squirrels, lizards–anything that moves.


  8. noelleg44 says:

    Ah, Ani, I thought you might be watching those tennis balls flying back and forth at Wimbledon! Don’t have too much fun without your human!


  9. I live near some tennis courts Ani, and can guarantee a few spare tennis balls on my morning walk. If only you lived a little closer I could pop some over to you.
    Your tennis ball and chicken loving mate,
    Toby – Woof!


  10. Marcia says:

    LOVE this one so much. I have one dachshund who is just as obsessed with tennis balls. We have to hide them when we aren’t in the mood. The other dachsie isn’t interested…if it isn’t a fur-bearing mammal invading his territory, he’s got no use for it. Well…except for the lizards that must be chased, too. 🙂 And a few doves to bark at. And the neighbor’s cats (though OUR four are fine). I guess if it BREATHES, he’ll chase it. But just being round and bouncy isn’t enough for Potter. He’ll leave the tennis balls for Maks.


  11. Love these posts Ani Jx


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