Notes from a small dog – Wish I had fleas

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There may be just a short intermission…
She has gone to the doctor’s you see,
So while she is off gallivanting,
You’ll just have to put up with me.

She had done all the housework this morning,
(I can put it to rights now she’s gone)
Then she gave me a treat and a cuddle
And then left saying, “See you anon…”

I know that she must be out working
To keep me in chicken and cheese,
But it’s boring with no-one to play with,
And I almost wish that I had fleas!

At least I could wriggle and scratch ‘em
But instead I just twiddle my paws,
When there’s pigeons to chase in the garden
And me? I’m just stuck here indoors.

It’s been ages since we went out walking…
Me and her, you know, two-legs and Beast…
Been so long that I’ve almost forgotten…
It must be a whole hour at least!

She hasn’t had much chance for writing,
‘Cause the ‘puter went weird, then played up…
And she called it some names I’m not saying,
Ones that shouldn’t be heard by a pup.

So I’ve hijacked her chair and her keyboard
And thought that I’d write for a while
And watch the dogs howling on youtube,
At least that’ll give me a smile.

She’d quite like me to sing like a huskie,
Or howl like a wolf in the dark,
But I have my own talent with language
And specialise mainly in Bark.

But the house is too quiet without her
And I’m wondering if she’s gone far
I suppose I should just check the window
And keep an ear cocked for the car.

I’d hate her to think that I missed her
Or that I might whimper and weep.
So I’ll just make a nest in the cushions
And settle down quiet to sleep.

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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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66 Responses to Notes from a small dog – Wish I had fleas

  1. Denis1950 says:

    Beautiful Sue, enjoy every minute with your precious .


  2. Ritu says:

    Aw Ani, you are so cute!!!


  3. KL Caley says:

    Ani, it’s the worst part of the day – leaving, but every cloud has a silver lining as they give smashing hello cuddles when they come home. 🙂


  4. Hooray! Ani’s the best writer on WordPress.


  5. Absolutely brilliant Ani. XX


  6. davidprosser says:

    He has the best idea. Just relax and sleep until the world is right again.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs Sue xxx


  7. Mary Smith says:

    Thank you, Ani for a highly entertaining post. You have a great way with words.


  8. adeleulnais says:

    Hi Ani, Dante here. You are an awesome poet. I sympathise with you, my friend, they leave me too, to go to doctors or shops I can`t get into. Life is strange in the human world, all the don`t do that, can`t do that rules don`t they know how to play anymore?


  9. This is so amusing and sweet Sue, loved it. 🙂


  10. Love this! Is it okay if I post it on my Facebook page?


  11. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    you won’t have to wait long, Ani…


  12. What’s that funny little creature peeping out from under the furniture? Looks like the front end of a smiley caterpillar… Oh, it’s you, Ani!


  13. Thanks for sharing these words and photos. Great job.


  14. Excellent! Enjoyed that, Ani. You’re such a good writer (shhh, don’t let two-legs hear…she might get jealous 😉)


  15. Awww. How could you leave Ani for so long by herself, Sue? A whole dreadful, miserable, torturous, forlorn hour! Ha ha. Adorable pictures.


  16. sknicholls says:

    These posts just make me feel the love shared between you. Heartwarming.


  17. Ani is becoming to eloquent Sue.. and she has obviously been honing her skills at verse.. perhaps she should publish her own collection…Doggeral in Verse by Ani…. great poem


  18. Éilis Niamh says:

    Oh Ani dear Listen to me here Once I had flees Brought me straight to my knees My two-legs mom cleared it up I wouldn’t wish it on a pup! When my mom gets on that boxy thing with keys She can get quite aloof You’re not alone! At least you’re allowed cheese… From Allegro, a wag and a woof 🙂


  19. Widdershins says:

    Sleep’s always a good option. 🙂


  20. Eliza Waters says:

    You’re lucky she lets you on the sofa, Ani. My two-legged won’t let me on ours (believe me, I have tried so many times, they now store the cushions upright). I do have my my own bed (three actually, in different rooms) but they aren’t as comfy as their furniture. They finally gave in and allowed me on the large ottoman. Those dreadful cats can go the furniture, why can’t I? big doggie sighs from your pal, Wren.


  21. noelleg44 says:

    You displayed remarkable patience, Ani, in the face of utter boredom. I know about sofa cushions – I have my favorite one, and get very upset if my two leggeds sit on it. Of course I do have to share the sofa with this overweight furry ball. He thinks it’s his sofa, and he swats me when I get a little too personal. You should expect cuddles now!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hi Angel, I let them on my sofa sometimes, the two legs… she’ll come and cuddle from time to time, and the ball-guy is fun to sit on 🙂 Not sure I’d share with a cat though….
      Much love, Ani xxx


  22. macjam47 says:

    A beautiful, and fun, poem. Poor Ani, it’s tough being left all alone.


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