Notes from a small dog – best friends…

ani 015“Such a good girlie…” she says, scritching that spot behind my ear, “…for a change.” Which I think was a compliment.. But whatever, she seems to be pleased with me. And cuddles are always welcome.

I do try… I just don’t always get stuff right. Well, not in her eyes anyway… I’m s’posed toΒ  bark at intruders, but she says the postman is allowed to deliver letters. So why she buries her head in hands and starts muttering about Bill every time he comes, I don’t know…

An’ it’s not my fault if she leaves her ornaments in the way when I’m chasing off flies! After this week, you’d think she’d be glad I was an insectivore! I’m pretty good with spiders too, given half a chance…

Ani hunting spiders

I think it was the whole spider thing she was talking about though, when she said I’d been good. You wouldn’t believe what she put me through! First she comes in moaning and plonks her foot on a chair right on my tennis-ball delivery spot! Granted, the foot was interesting, but would she let me help fix it? No… soon as the tongue went out, I got a ‘no!’ Can’t say I didn’t try…

Next day, she tells me the usual fib. “Won’t be long, girlie.” Now, I know, ’cause she’s explained, that chickens may go cheep but don’t come cheap… so she has to earn chicken-money…so she has to go out. I get that. I just have a snooze. But let’s be fair…her ‘not long’ and mine are a bit different.

This time, though, she was ages, even for her!

You can’t hide from The Nose, so when she came back…without chicken, I might add… I knew she’d done the normal stuff, but she smelled like the bathroom when she’s cleaned it…all disinfectanty… and someone had been sticking sharp things in her and making her leak. I could tell. She wasn’t happy either. Then she started acted weird and went to bed…

That’s all very well, but you know, it was early… and she says I’m too big for a cat-flap and it makes it a long night…

…’specially when I could hear really weird noises from upstairs. An’ I couldn’t get to investigate…

But she back came down, stuck her head in things she normally sticks the other end in, opened the garden door for me…and went back to bed.

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Whoa… really weird! Doors open in the dark? So that’s me on duty all night! Someone‘s got to guard the place! Now, I may be a daft dog as some people call me, but even I’d worked out there was something not right, you know. She doesn’t leave the doors and windows all open at night as a rule, no matter how much I ask. And she usually manages a cuddle or three.

She crawled down groaning about dawn… shut the door when she normally opens itfed me and staggered back to bed. Er, hello? Cuddles? Walk?? But no… nothing.

Then one of my boys turns up and dashes upstairs and she’s whisked away in her dressing gown thingy… and doesn’t come back till late with the boy and his baby! But she goes back to bed!!! I managed to dash upstairs and see if she was alright… she smelled funny and had leaked some more…and she groaned when I bounced on the bed… At least I got to play with the baby πŸ™‚

Next day, she’s up and down the stairs…mainly up… and the door’s open again. I’d been on duty for ages. Then my boy came back, so at least she had some milk (I’d been missing sharing her stuff…it’s important for pack morale you know…)

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Anyway, she made it to the sofa that night, so I sat on her feet to keep them warm, so she’d know I’d missed her which didn’t go down too well for some reason… and that’s when she said I’d been a good girl and did all the scritching.

The daft thing really is that I wasn’t ‘being good’. She’s my two-legs… I worry, you know. I have to look after her… and I’m sort of fond of her, so what else would I do?

She calls me a small dog and keeps saying its the little things that make life beautiful. Like the buzzy thing that kept making her eyes smile.

Anyway, she’s still sleeping lots, but I’m back on foot-warming duty, though thankfully she’s thinking straight enough now to lock the doors at night…ani nick stu (2)

And there’s a spot on my sofa waiting for me.

I let her use it when she’s not well…that way, I can see she’s alright.

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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52 Responses to Notes from a small dog – best friends…

  1. reocochran says:

    Awww, Sue. Sorry you aren’t feeling well, possibly now or another time. Ani seems like a very comforting nurse-dog. ❀ She also is cute and funny! πŸ™‚

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Good dog, Ani. I’m glad you’ve been on duty and watching out for her. She needs you, you know. πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!


  3. Feel better. πŸ™‚ Ani is so sweet. πŸ™‚


  4. Denis1950 says:

    Love the story Ani. Sue at least has the brain working again even if other bits are still a bit dysfunctional.


  5. Fran Keegan says:

    I do so love Ani’s reports. She tells me what is really happening. Much sympathy and good wishes for a really fast recovery!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I am allowed neither dignity nor privacy with that dog, Fran πŸ˜€ But she looks after me, bless her. I have been so glad of her too the past few days.


  6. She is a VERY good girl. Taking such good care of you! Sending chickens!


  7. C.E.Robinson says:

    Ani, you’re a super dog, guarding the open door, and watching out for your human! Tell Sue I’m so sorry she’s feeling badly. Hope for a quick recovery, and you’re back to your walks! πŸ’› Elizabeth


  8. barbtaub says:

    Good thing Ani is on the job, or we wouldn’t get ANY info. Hope that foot is on the mend. Apparently Ani needs to keep up her spider assault.


  9. Green Embers says:

    I was just thinking that I hadn’t gotten a small dog report in awhile and behold it appears. Keep up the good work Ani! πŸ™‚


  10. What a great nurse you are Ani.. wish your human a speedy recovery and keep that spot warm on the sofa for her.. XX


  11. Widdershins says:

    It is worrysome when your person smells sick, isn’t it? You did all the right thing, Ani. Well done πŸ™‚


  12. jenanita01 says:

    Glad to hear you are taking such good care of your ‘two legs’ Ani…


  13. Mary Smith says:

    Oh, Ani, it must have been a distressing and worrying few days for you – and for your human. I really hope she is beginning to feel better. And will someone PLEASE catch the ruddy spider which started all this?


    • Sue Vincent says:

      She says she’s funigated and set the Hoover Monster ono it, so we should be safe now πŸ˜‰ Hope so… I wasn’t happy about the whole thing. Don’t think she was eiher, to be fair… πŸ˜‰ Much love, Ani xxx


  14. Hope you feel better soon x Good Dog Ani x


  15. noelleg44 says:

    Aw, Ani, this time she was really sick. You did your best and I know she loves you for it, but this time she needed two legged help. I’m glad to know she’s on the mend so you can chase tennis balls again. You WERE a good dog! Hugs to both of you!


  16. macjam47 says:

    Aww, Ani, what a good girl you are to take such good care of two-legs. I’m happy to hear she is improving and life is getting back to normal for both of you.


  17. Good job Ani! Please tell your two legs to get well soon! ❀


  18. Good girl Ani. I’m looking after my Mummy ‘cos she hasn’t been well and was away for a night and I had to stay somewhere else ‘cos my Daddy was worried too. I’m leaning on her feet now (they smell a bit, but I’ll let her off) that way if she tries to get up I’ll know and can keep an eye on her. Hope your Mummy feels better soon. Maggie x


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hiya, Maggie. They do put us through it, don’t they? Do you wash her feet if she’s not looking? I try, but mine wriggles… Hope your two-legs is feeling much better! You keep an eye on her! Much love, Ani xxx

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  19. TanGental says:

    Good to know someone has got your foot, if not your back…


  20. dgkaye says:

    How lovely to hear from Ani again, it’s been a long while. She’s just so cute and loving. She warms my heart so I can only imagine what she is for you. And so sorry to hear you are ill Sue. My goodness, you’ve had your share, first the foot and now, I’m not sure what you have but it doesn’t sound at all pleasant. Do get well soon. ❀


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Getting over it now Debby, thank you… allergic to the antibiotics they gave me for the foot and whipped to hospital pronto. Ani was lovely…and very concerned, bless her. x

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      • dgkaye says:

        Oh my. I figured it may have had something to do with the foot issue. Sheesh, so many are allergic to antibiotics and with all the different types now, who the heck knows it until we react. 😦
        Ani is a joy! I really chuckled when she said you went to the bathroom and put your head where the other end should go. Just too cute! And so glad you’re on the mend. ❀


  21. adeleulnais says:

    Ani you are adorable and Mummy is very sick just now but you are helping her just by being you. Big paw loves from Dante and me and to Mummy too. xxx


  22. Good to hear you’ve been on your best nursing duty, Ani. I’m sure there will be lots of treats in it for you and she won’t mind when you bark at Bill the Postman again.
    My boys are off to London, tomorrow. But I’m going to stay with my favourite aunt and uncle. I get loads of treats while there, but don’t tell the boys.
    Lots of barks,


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