Notes from a small dog – close encounters of the furred kind

ani (6)Well, all she’s done all week is sleep. Every time I turn round to fetch her a tennis ball, that’s it… she’s gone. I don’t remember her hibernating before, but she seems to be getting the hang of it all of a sudden. It’s either that or she’s got some kind of sleepy sickness… I’ve never seen her on the sofa as much!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for cuddles on sofas.There’s not enough of it about in my opinion and I’ll take any she’s offering, but it’s not the same if she’s snoring…

ani (5)

Normally she’s tapping away on the ‘puter all day. This week she might as well have stayed in bed for all the work she’s managed to do. I mean, I can understand her sleeping through her mealtimes, but she’s even slept through mine! I’ve had to wake her up and remind her a couple of times. It’s not on, you know.

Dereliction of duty and all that.

So, I’ve sort of had to amuse myself a bit, ‘cause when she eventually wakes up, she’s goes all jittery and taps away at double speed… muttering about trying to catch up.

Anyway, she leaves the door open for me most of the time, so I can amuse myself. Personally, I don’t see why I couldn’t play with the snail thingy… I could throw it really well and it rolled a bit… but she made a sort of ‘arrghhh’ noise and confiscated it.

So I wandered back outside as you do, and smelled something odd in the garden. I’d sniffed it before, but I just couldn’t place it, so I had a good look round in the dark. Then I saw it heading for the bushes.

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Well, sleepy or not, she would have to come out and deal with it. We can’t have intruders in the garden! So I growled a bit, just to get her attention, but she didn’t come. I thought I’d better try and deal with it myself then, but the thing was just curled up in a ball and I couldn’t talk to it. I did try…

So I thought, if it looks like a ball, maybe it rolls? So I gave it a bit of a push and it sort of did… then its legs came out and, well, I may have yelped. Just surprised, you understand. A reflex… Well, I wasn’t having that! I tried to roll it again and have another sniff… She came out then.

‘Pparently, it isn’t a good idea to roll hedgehogs with your nose.

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And, in case anyone’s interested (mentioning no names…) it isn’t nice to laugh at people with spines in their noses.

If you ask me, it shouldn’t be allowed for prickly things to look like balls either. Traumatised, I was.

If that wasn’t bad enough, then the weather went wild, with too much rain and wind for her to want to go for long walks. So I was really ready to go out when she got up in the dark this morning and opened the door.

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The wind was still howling. And stuff was squeaking in my garden. Well, after the hedgehog I wasn’t taking chances, so I made her come out and watch while I investigated. Then the fence jumped on  me… I shot out of the way, just in case… and her… well, she just collapsed in a little heap giggling.

No use at all.ani (1)

You just can’t get the calibre of two-legses these days, you know.

I may hibernate too.

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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26 Responses to Notes from a small dog – close encounters of the furred kind

  1. Ani, like my KT us looking a little “grand dame” these days, Katy is 17, how old is Ani? I just love my girl and I love to read how much yours loves you. Huge hug Sue, to you and Ani xo

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  2. Aww, poor Ani. That hurts her tender nose. Poor baby.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Spiny balls and jumping fences – life is challenging you big time, Ani!

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  4. reocochran says:

    Ani is a funny and cheerful source of amusement, Sue. Her eyes and ways she has different looks made me smile. The hedgehog is adorable. I can just imagine how it would hurt to have pickles in one’s face. Poor Ani, hope she learns to leave those hurtful critters alone. 🙂


  5. denis1950 says:

    A lovely account from Ani’s side, perhaps she is a little too kind if the ball games have been on hold !!! Furry things in the garden can be a challenge. Over here they are called possums and I will not provide any details.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      My notion of ‘on hold’ and Ani’s are not quite the same. ‘Marginally reduced’ might be closer to the truth…
      From the wildlife’s point of view, I’m rather glad ours has prickles….


  6. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    lovely post for a storm wrecked Monday morning…


  7. Mary Smith says:

    Oh, Ani, how lovely to read a post which made me smile on a Monday morning. Sorry about the prickles, though (of, course, I wasn’t laughing!). It reminded me of when my sister and I were walking with her dog, Syre, and he suddenly started yelping and howling – turned out he’d stuck his face into an electric fence. I imagine hedgehog spines in your nose must have felt much the same.


  8. TanGental says:

    delicious – poor Ani. Mylo sends licks and sniffs and will spoon with Ani any time (in a platonic, just getting to know you way of course).


  9. noelleg44 says:

    Ani, you do have great adventures! Sorry about the hedgehog, but I think you’ll have to learn to co-exist – sort of like me and that large orange furry thing with the question mark tail I have to tolerate. I had no idea you were so young! No wonder you have lots of energy! Although I’ve been told at my advanced age – 15 – I’m most energetic. I do like to bounce up and down and run around. Woofs from Angel.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hi Angel, she says that being a setter I have a good few years of puppyhood left yet… then usually groans a bit 😉 I don’t mind the hedgehog… but does it have to live in my garden? She says the same as you and seems pleased though…
      Much love, Ani xxx


  10. Looks like Ani was investigating in a big way. We don’t have hedgehogs in the U.S. so I’ve never seen one, but I’ve seen pictures. Poor Ani. A dog’s nose has to be very sensitive. She’s quite a good writer. 😀 — Suzanne J.


  11. I’m glad you’ve learned to leave hedgehogs alone, Ani. Pearl has no qualms about bringing them into the house and burying them in her bed, and separating her from one of those spiny trophies involves a full-on fight. Luckily we have Gower Bird Hospital just round the corner, and they have a hedgehog ward.


  12. Them two-leggsies are nothing but trouble Ani, and those fences too, watch out for them! Hibernation…now theres an idea…



  13. macjam47 says:

    Poor Ani! She sounds so neglected. She just needs a bit more attention “Mum”.


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