Notes from a small dog: the robin and the lurgy

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I think she’s gearing up for Christmas… getting in the festive spirit or something. The bags under her eyes would do as overflow sacks for Santa and Rudolph will be out of a job if her nose gets any redder. She’s quiet at present… apart from the constant barking. I think you two-legs call it coughing.

Let’s just say that her ‘ho, ho, ho’ has been more of a ‘oh, oh, ergh…’ and that’s without the other strange noises she’s been making. Though the less said about those the better…

Generosity Sharing the festive spirit And the Christmas cheese

Shame really, when we’ve had company this weekend… and nice cheese she’s barely touched… not that it stopped me, mind you. My guest is well trained in the cheese department. And he brought me a whole pack of ham… all to myself! How’s that for perfect?

So they’ve had ‘first Christmas’… though turkey was noticeably absent and I may have to complain to the management. I wonder if it’s something hobbity like second breakfasts? More to the point, I wonder if the turkey will be forthcoming when she gets round to second Christmas? It had better…

She says I have to share a picture of the robin on the top of the Christmas tree for Hugh and Toby, who are raising money again this year. Hugh will donate a pound to The Dog’s Trust for every tree topper shared and linked back to his blog, up to £250… and you can join in. It’s a really good cause! All the details are over at Hugh’s place by clicking here.

1. Take a photo of what sits on top of your Christmas tree.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 8 – Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge.”
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a pingback to this post on Hugh’s blog or leave a link to your post in the comments section so that other participants can view your post.

We had a few problems with this robin over the years. It used to sit lower down the tree, beneath the star… but when the star went missing, it flew up and took pride of place up there on the top. It nearly didn’t make it this year… well, how was I to know? She says its tail feathers were all soggy when she rescued it… My lips are sealed on that episode though… which they were around the robin at one point…

She says I have to share the tree too for Colleen at Silver Threading who is collecting them. It isn’t the most artistic tree, she says, but there is a whole family history in the things she puts on the tree… it has grown with my boys and some of the things on it are older than them. I would ask you not to mention the tennis ball under the tree… it was an accident, honest… or we could call it my contribution to the family tree 😉

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Anyway. She says I have to be quick, ‘cause she needs to go to bed and be miserable in comfort. Personally, I think she should curl up on my sofa… I’d make a bit of room for her… then I could keep an eye on her and keep her feet warm. She has some odd ideas though.

Hope she’s feeling up to my walk in the morning… she’s not happy with me taking myself out. I have offered, but she says no and got all panicky about it when I have in the past…

So I s’pose I’d better let her get to bed and look after the lurgy…

Much love,

Ani xxx

Ani christmas

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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78 Responses to Notes from a small dog: the robin and the lurgy

  1. Now, be a good dog and help her get well

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  3. stevetanham says:

    Reblogged this on stevetanham and commented:
    Sue could do with lots of healing thoughts…

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Christmas Post Reblog – Ani is a very accomplished blogger and once she gets her teeth into a project it is hard to make her let go. She is a treasured member of the VYLLB’s (Very Young Looking Lady Bloggers). Merry Christmas Ani and I hope you are stuffed with turkey and ham to your heart’s content.. and that you human gets over the lurgy!!

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    Hope you feel better soon, Sue as feeling groggy at this time of year is just not on.Hope you have someone to make you hot lemon and honey drinks, for as wonderful as Ani is, she can’t manage that!

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      She’s doing her best, I have to say, but I’m manning the kettle myself 😉

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      • Better that way – dog hairs don’t mix well with hot lemon and honey, or so I’m told. Sleep and LOTS of liquids is generally best. Vitamin C has been known to work wonders.

        Stay in, stay warm, and move “second Christmas” to 12th Nite/Epiphany. SURELY you will feel like your old self by January 6th. TinkerToy and I are sending healing energy your way.
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
        – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
        “It takes a village to educate a world!”


  6. Helen Jones says:

    Hope the lurgy leaves you soon, Sue! Sounds as though Ani is (trying) to look after you though 🙂

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  7. Happy Christmas, Sue and Ani! One word of warning, though – too much cheese at Christmas can make you feel sick. Especially the musical kind.
    Hope you feel better soon, Sue! 🙂

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  8. Hope your pet human gets well soon and takes the burden of looking after her away from you Ani – Also hope you all have a GREAT (and lurgy/cough free) Christmas 😀

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  9. Ani, you are adorable. Take good care of the humans, and maybe you’ll get that turkey. 🍗 The tennis ball under the tree seems so right ! 🎄

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  10. Annette Rochelle Aben says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to YOU and Miss. Ani! ❤

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  11. fransiweinstein says:

    Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well Sue. Lousy time of year to be under the weather. Do let Ani nurse you back to health! No Christmas tree so I can’t help with the money raising efforts, but I am sending positive thoughts and hope the max is raised. Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year and lots of turkey for Ani.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      At least I don’t have a small family to cook for on Christmas Day, Fransi… I well recall the day proper flu struck Christmas morning with two small boys…
      Sending love and light as the year turns, Fransi x

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  12. Have a great holiday all of you 🙂

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  13. Ani, that’s a great looking tree and I love the addition of the tennis ball. In fact, I’m wondering why they don’t make tennis balls to hang on these furry trees the humans put up every December. Maybe we’ve found a gap in the market?

    Ah, so now I know why she was looking for Robin’s under the stairs. Now, between us, do you know what happened to the missing star? The Robin looks great on the top and there is one that comes and visits me. The humans say he’s a messenger from Father Christmas and that is how Father Christmas knows if I’ve been bad or very bad 🙂

    Thank you very much for participating in my charity Christmas tree topper challenge in aid of all our friends at the Dogs Trust.

    Merry Christmas, Ani. Please lick your human and tell it to get well soon (so she can cook the turkey).
    Lots of barks,

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I was wondering the same thing, Toby and think we ought to start a new fashion next year…
      I have no idea at all what happened to the crunchy star… none whatsoever… and I’m sticking to that 😉 Anyway, any admissions would have to wait till after Santa has delivered the tennis balls, no?
      I hope lots of other people post their tree toppers for you and Hugh and Angela… after all, we wouldn’t have met without Angela’s challenge last year!
      Love and licks,
      Ani xxx

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      • It was indeed. I’d forgotten that it was the post that crossed our blogging paths, as well as that of Uncle Geoff and a few others.
        I hope your human is feeling better today? One of my humans has a bad cough and it sounds like a nematic drill every rtime he coughs!


        • Sue Vincent says:

          Personally, Toby, I think they call it ‘coughing’ when they try and bark and get it wrong 😉 Mine sounds dreadful… can’t understand a word of it 😉
          I s’pose we’d better look after them though… Give yours a snuggle from me!
          Much love, Ani xxx


  14. Oh, NO! You’re sick, Sue. Thank goodness Ani wrote this wonderful post for you. Ani you are simply a gem! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely tree. I think your contribution of the tennis ball is quite fitting. Merry Christmas to you, Ani and give Sue a lick and a nudge from her friend in America. ❤

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  15. Reblogged this on Silver Threading and commented:
    My dear friend Sue, and her beautiful dog, Ani share their Christmas tree with us from England. Sue is sick, so thank goodness Ani wrote this post for her! ❤

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  16. Erika Kind says:

    Oh, this is such a beautiful tree! Thank you for sharing…. and the dog is adorable!

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  17. olganm says:

    Ani: Look after Sue and thanks for posting the pictures. Beautiful. Have a great Christmas with all the family and I’m sure there’ll be turkey…:)

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  18. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    One from Ani – clever dog. Hope Sue’s soon better.. Not doing the Christmas tree etc. this year – sorry . But yours looks lovely.Jx


  19. What a time of year to get the sniffles or not feel well in general. Hope you snuggle up with Sue and help her get over this.
    BTW, Sue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope you feel better soon. 🙂


  20. jjspina says:

    Thank you, Ani, for this lovely blog and for giving your mistress a much needed rest. Give Sue a few kisses and sit by her feet to keep them warm. That should do it. Take care, Sue and get well.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Much love xo!


  21. Watch out for that lurgy, Ani, it can be quite messy.

    Wishing you and Sue a Very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. 🌲🙃


  22. macjam47 says:

    Sue, I hope you feel better soon. Can’t be sick for Christmas. Ani is doing a good job taking care of you.


  23. Eliza Waters says:

    Definitely a bird-dog! Hope you are feeling better soon, Sue. What a horrible time to feel under the weather. (Not that there is ever a good time, mind you.) Rest up!


  24. Feel better soon … and try to have a happy holiday. Your tree is beautiful.


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  26. dgkaye says:

    Awww, cute little Ani, tell Sue to hurry up and get well for the festive season. Make her some tea (lol) and try hard not to knock the tree over looking for that tennis ball. LOL. Happy holidays to you both! ❤


  27. John Maberry says:

    Love it. Storytelling dogs are so nice.


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