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“You’re not a Bird, Anu, you’re a Dog! And it’s not a game, this birth and death business,  it’s serious stuff. Do you understand?”

Anu nods sagely, turns, trots off to the flower pot, selects a Ball of Power, returns and drops the Ball of Power at my feet.


Anu ignores my negativity and commences his millennia old adoration of the Ball of Power, crouching on his forelegs, still eyeing the Ball, as he shuffles backwards in primed and primal expectation of its wondrous flight.

“I’ve just worked out the game of ‘fetch’.”
“Oh, really?”
“Yes really, the Ball of Power is… Love. And no matter how hard you try to get rid of it. It just keeps coming back to you.”

The Ball of Power flies through the air. Quick as lightning Anu leaps skyward, catches it in his jaws, lands with a thud and proudly trots back to me to again lay it at my feet.

“You’re a clever Bird-Dog, Anu, aren’t you boy?”

Extract from Giants Dance, Stuart France and Sue Vincent

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 scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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23 Responses to Fetch

  1. olganm says:

    I’m at the moment looking after two dogs and one of them definitely loves the ball game (I’m getting better at throwing too). Anu is very clever indeed. Beautiful thought. Have a great week.


  2. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    …and you have to let it go, to realise just how strong it is…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. vronlacroix says:

    That’s a perceptive idea!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. adeleulnais says:

    I loved this. It illustrates our dog Dante so well. Today already he has knocked over a flower pot indoors because he was trying to retrive his ball that was behind the sofa. He didnt want to bark because he loves us so much and didnt want to break our peace. (Well thats my interpretation anyways lol)

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    So the male version of Ani, is Anu? I’m confused!


  6. The iconic tennis ball strikes again!


  7. macjam47 says:

    They never give up. My son’s black lab greets me at the door with a tug toy or a ball every time I go over there. While I’m playing with my granddaughter, Riley keeps nudging me. Come on Josie, you have to share Grammie.


  8. noelleg44 says:

    A power ball of Love – what cool things Ani teaches!


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