Notes from the small dog – Cold feet


The door is wide open…

She shivers inside;

She has not enough fur

Wrapped around that thin hide.

Now, me I’m quite cosy

Snug- coated in black

And can sit and enjoy

Autumn sun on my back.

“You are in or you’re out,”

She says, holding the door,

“I’d rather not sit here

And freeze any more.”

Wish she’d make up her mind,

It was she who had said

That I’d better go out

When I got out of bed.

So out I had gone

In the cold, frosty dawn

And padded around

In theΒ  damp of the lawn.

Would she like it, I asked,

If she had to get cold

Before day ever dawns

And the sunrise grows old?

She would not, I am sure,

She would whimper and whine

She has a nice bathroom…

The garden is mine.

And so, just to show her,

I’ll sit in the door,

Neither inside not out

Till my paws start to thaw.!

Then I hear her teeth chatter,

And she’s starting to sneeze…

So I go warm her up,

Cuddled up on her knees.

Yes, I know, I’m a sucker,

It should be no surprise…

Even I can’t resist

Giving in to brown eyes.


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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42 Responses to Notes from the small dog – Cold feet

  1. Miriam says:

    Aw, so adorable. πŸ™‚


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    πŸ™‚ Good dog, Ani! (Although you may be a tad spoiled. πŸ˜‰ There are not many two-legs who would allow you to sit in the open door on a chilly morning, you know.)


  3. ksbeth says:

    And I think she can’t resist you either, ani )


  4. Bun Karyudo says:

    Poor Ani. I know it can’t be easy going out into a cold garden before dawn, even with your lovely warm coat. On the other hand, if you’re not very interested in using the, um, indoor facilities…

    Anyway, I’m glad you ended up as best of friends again by the end. πŸ™‚


  5. Ritu says:

    Aw you care so much Ani, you old softy 😊


  6. adeleulnais says:

    They are always contradicting themselves Ani, I get that too. When Mum Adele is bashing away on the writing thing and I am out or sitting with my paws over the back step she gets all. Dante….get inside. Out …in …I`m going to the sofa. much paw love Ani from Dante dog.


  7. Mary Smith says:

    Well, Ani, if it’s any consolation that ‘in or out’ is what my mum was always saying to me when I was small – and I’m a two-legs,

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  8. jenanita01 says:

    I have a feeling that ‘in or out’ might be important this winter. They say it will be very cold…


  9. I’ve given up going out to wee on cold mornings – I use the bathroom now. OK, so it’s the floor… I’d sit on the toilet if I could, honest! Millie (aged 13) xx

    Liked by 1 person

  10. noelleg44 says:

    I have to go out on a leash, Ani. So I take my sweet time deciding just where I am going to do my business. I like to sniff around and around. She tells me to get on with it, but some things cannot be rushed! Angel


  11. Ani, you’re a wonderful companion! xx ellen


  12. Jan Malique says:

    Ani seems to wrap you round her paws.


  13. janmalique says:

    Ani, what do you think about getting warm booties for your paws? Then you can lounge in the doorway as long as you like. Psst, you didn’t hear this from me.


  14. janmalique says:

    I know Ani but I love the image of you in warm booties. 😊 Love back. xxx


  15. janmalique says:

    Oops! Slow internet alert. Hm, perhaps not Ani. As kids my sisters and I were made to wear huge green woolly hats and scarves. Looked like green beans we did. The shame of it. I sympathise. xxx


  16. dgkaye says:

    You’re such sweetie Ani. πŸ™‚ xo


  17. katb8587 says:

    Such a precious dog!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. With the doggy door, our kids get to sit half in and half out. Summer and winter, letting bugs or icy cold in. It’s a dog’s life.


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