Notes from a small dog – the poltergeist


Mea culpa and all that. I’m in the doghouse again.

You see before you a very sorry dog.

Mainly, I admit, because I didn’t get to finish the cheese before she came back downstairs…

The pâté was nice though…

She may not have been best pleased with me. But, in my defence, I was only trying to help.

The fridge didn’t seem to be securely closed, you see. Now, anything could have got in there… spiders… flies…even next door’s cat! And I’m supposed to guard stuff. Well, I couldn’t leave it open…

But before I closed it, I thought I should just check why it hadn’t closed. Or if the cat was already in there. And if everything was still safe…

So I just nudged it open a bit. No cats. Phew.

I was just going to close it and go curl up for a bit, when everything threw itself  off the shelves. Honest! The fridge is haunted!

ani orb

‘Course, I couldn’t call the Ghostbusters, ’cause she won’t let me use the phone. And she’s a bit sceptical about poltergeists…you two-legses don’t see the things we see… so I knew she’d blame me for the mess.

So I thought I should clean up.

‘Course, I could have just put everything back and closed the door, but I know she’s a bit funny about eating stuff off the floor. Weird… it doesn’t bother me at all…

And I know she hates to see food wasted…

So, there was only one thing for it. I’d have to eat it.

In a spirit of pure self-sacrifice, you understand.

She’d never know.

Except, she came down… with the camera…


I’m not sure quite how she took it… she was howling with tears streaming down her face. I didn’t know she liked pâté that much.

But her soft bits were wobbling, like when she laughs… so it was hard to tell.

She did eventually call me a bad girl… but she let me keep the pâté anyway…

ani orbs

There’s just no understanding you two-legs.

Honest, you won’t believe in polterbeasties, but you believe two-legses are logical, rational creatures.

Like I said, you don’t see what we see. And I don’t just mean the weird stuff.

Wonder if she’ll let me have dinner after all the pâté? She has it for starters, so I don’t see why not…stats 029

I’ll go ask. Might be time for the old head-on-knee trick…

If not, I can always help myself… 😉

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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58 Responses to Notes from a small dog – the poltergeist

  1. barbtaub says:

    STILL laughing. I can completely see why She was howling and in tears (not to mention her wobbly bits). Thanks so much for making my day! (But please do not share this with my Small Dog. She doesn’t need any more ideas, thank you very much.)

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  2. Green Embers says:

    This was golden, I can imagine my dog thinking similar thoughts if she were in that situation, lol.


  3. Denis1950 says:

    I love the first photo Ani, I can see there must have been a small earthquake causing the door to open and tip out some of the contents. From close observation it is clear Ani you are trying to gather up the spilt contents and return them to the frig. Clearly this is a difficult task for a 4 leg so the mouth is next best to the task. And to think Sue you were even considering Ani would try and eat anything!!!!!!!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Now why didn’t I think of that? We did have a small earthquake here a couple of weeks ago too…! I’ll remember that for next time, Denis 🙂
      She says she’s not buying the rest of it though…due to the way I’d managed to open the packets, she says… Still, she didn’t really seem to mind much 🙂
      Much love, Ani xxx


  4. That’s a fabulous ‘ it was everybody else but me’ look.


  5. Ritu says:

    Aw Ani!!!!!! Poor you! And you were being so helpful too!!!!


  6. jenanita01 says:

    You really are hilarious, Ani…and so naughty!


  7. Mary Smith says:

    Wonderful post – made my soft bits wobble in an alarming fashion.


  8. What a fun story…It’s really how a dog thinks, isn’t it?


  9. Dalo 2013 says:

    Ani, you are simply precious ~ and quite smart as well as it doesn’t take too long to realize that perhaps two-legses are not as logical, or rational creatures as they may think they are 🙂 Great laugh to end my evening. Bless you!


  10. We believe in poltergeists, Ani – we’ve got one too! Unfortunately it doesn’t give us food, it just sets things on fire. 🙂 Millie and Pearl xx


  11. Reblogged this on Annabelle Franklin, Author: Messages from Millie and commented:
    A dog after our own hearts!

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  12. adeleulnais says:

    wow Ani, much paw love to you as always but especially for doing such a good job in guarding the fridge from poltergeists. I got into trouble for eating eggs when they were out, but come on, the eggs were haunted you know what I mean right? They flew off the top of the fridge and smashed so I hads to eat them, they would have gone all grumpy about the carpet and stuff. Paw love Ani.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Ah…I like eggs. She always cooks two, ’cause she says I shouldn’t have them raw… and I quite like them with buttered toast too 😉 But those pesky poltergeists can be useful sometimes… 😉 Much love, Ani xxx

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  13. Widdershins says:

    Dear Ani, the sacrifices you have to make … I am in awe. 🙂


  14. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, dear, Ani, the pate? what next? I think it may be time she got a fridge lock, the ones to keep wee kids and small dogs out. You’ll have no one to blame but yerself, when she does! 🙂


  15. Right. Poltergeists. Uh huh. I’ve heard this one before. Also, the cat did it, the wild dog just ran in through the door, did all the damage, then ran out again. Uh huh, sure. More pate, anyone?


  16. dgkaye says:

    I was delighted to find this new post from Ani. She does make me smile. I was laughing out loud at Detective Ani who wanted to save the day from the slightly ajar fridge. And did that food just mysteriously fall out? Or could it have been because of Ani nudging the fridge and causing a rumble. Regardless, she was thoroughly entertaining. And I love the way she’s got it all figured out . . . always. ❤


  17. Judy Martin says:

    I do hope you enjoyed your pate kindly provided by the poltergeists! At least she let you keep that! Poor Ani, you were only being helpful and protective! 🙂


  18. noelleg44 says:

    Oh, Ani you are such an imp! Your explanation is completely understandable and rational – maybe a sonic boom opened the refrigerator door. And I can imagine it would be impossible to resist that pate! I’m glad your two-legged has such a good sense of humor!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I’ll file that idea away for next time… we are under a military flight path after all 🙂 Granted, we don’t see them often… but then, the fridge doesn’t open often either… no matter how I try. 😉 Regards to Elijah Moon. Much love, Ani xxx


  19. macjam47 says:

    Oh poor Ani, she should have rewarded you for chasing the poltergeists and cleaning up. After all, you saved two legs from having to face them herself, not to mention having to attend to the mess they left. Poor Ani. She should have been showing you with treats.


  20. I don’t know, Ani, you try and help them and they go and make their soft bits move up and down fast. That happened to me when I once tried to connect the ‘puter cable thingy to the ‘puter. They though I was chewing it but I was just trying to plug it in so they wouldn’t lose all of my unsaved posts! Never mind, at least they’ve now put it somewhere where it can’t drop out.
    Have a happy barky weekend.
    Lots of love,


  21. ellen3625 says:

    Funny stuff! Maybe she is related to my Phillip???? HMMM!!!!


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