Ani’s advent


Dear Santa, as the season’s here

And just to keep in touch

I thought I’d write you every day…

I’m after nothing…much.


I’ve been a good girl all the year,

Or if not, I forget,

Or maybe she just didn’t see…

Or hasn’t caught me yet.


I’ve tried to help with household chores,

I’ve laundered all my balls,

I’ve chased the pigeons from the shed

And spiders from the walls.


I’ve done the food disposal job;

The stuff she left, I ate…

(Although she’d left it in the fridge

And not upon my plate.)


I’ve learned I shouldn’t bark at cows

Unless they come too near…

(Though any cat that trespasses

Will flee in mortal fear.)


And yes, I know, that cupboard thing,

I wasn’t going in

To help myself to treats and stuff

‘Cause that would be a sin…


So Santa, if you wouldn’t mind,

The baubles on the tree…

Could this year they be tennis balls…

And all of them for me?

ani 007


P.S. Laughter Lines would make a great Christmas gift…

Laughter 1

Laughter Lines:
Life from the Tail End


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:
This entry was posted in Dogs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

78 Responses to Ani’s advent

  1. GREAT job, Ani – and great idea to write Santa every day. I don’t think I’d get enough computer time to do that, so put in a good word for me too.
    Woof! Tink


  2. C.E.Robinson says:

    Ani, very smart to write Santa everyday!! You’ve been good as can be! Hope you get your tennis balls! 💛 Christine


  3. If it weren’t for the ocean between us, I’d deliver a whole box of tennis balls.


  4. samanthamurdochblog says:

    Well Ani I think you deserve lots of treats and tennis balls especially after that beautiful request so wonderfully written in rhyme 🙂


  5. Ritu says:

    Aw Ani! We all know you’ve been good! Here’s hoping you get your Christmas wish 😊


  6. I’ll buy laughter lines today.👍


  7. KL Caley says:

    Great job Ani! I have just bought my Auntie a copy of your other beautiful book Four Legs on Two, so you never know Santa might team up with your sales and bring you a tennis ball launcher instead 🙂 KL ❤


  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Ani has written her letter to Santa… anyone with spare tennis balls send to Sue Vincent… I am sure she will be happy to give you her address.. oh and ham slices.


  9. This is wonderful! And you know Santa loves it best when people make him smile, even if they haven’t been good ALL the time 🙂 Hope you get your tennis balls. Would love a photo of the tree if you do – they do come in all kinds of colours these days after all 😉 Blessings, Harula xxx


  10. lajuani says:

    Hope you get your Christmas treats 🙂


  11. willowdot21 says:

    Sue this is just beautiful and could easily been written by our Ruby, except the barking or chasing cat, she doesn’t do that. So tell Ani I shall be asking on her behalf and Ruby’s too for Santa to bring extra tennis balls!!!


  12. Reblogged this on Poetry by Pamela and commented:
    My favorite pup

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Mary Smith says:

    I hope your letter writing campaign to Santa is successful, Ani.


  14. Ay ay ay, our darling Lientje has read Ani’s funny and wise poetry, and now she wants me to teach her to be a poet too…As an afterthought, being ambitious, she added: “Or a singer, I would be a great singer! Listen! Awhoooooooooooo!” She will not stop before I write a song for her….Sigh….


  15. TanGental says:

    as usual Ani you put your two legs to shame. Love Mylo


  16. archer44 says:

    Oh Ani, you have been such a helpful little dog, I do hope that your people appreciate what you do for them. I just know that on Christmas morning there will be a lot of goodies for you; just as long as you don’t pinch the mice pie left out for the big fella! Norma


  17. socialbridge says:

    Ani, you’re very organised having your Santa letter written already. I’d better get crackin’. You’ve reminded me that barking like a mad dog at the postman just now mightn’t have been such a good idea. Love Puppy Stan


  18. Rae Longest says:

    What fun and how lovely.


  19. Absolute cuteness (with a little naughtiness mixed in for fun, I see). Great laughs, Sue. 😀


  20. This is such fun, thank you for making my working day end with a giggle


  21. You’re so good at this, Ani. Now I’ll be writing to Santa every day. And, tennis balls on the tree? Yes, please, as well as under the tree. 🎄
    Lots of tail wagging.


  22. I think you deserve to get loads of goodies from Santa, Ani, and I shall look forward to reading your posts every day if I can get the lump off the computer! Love Roxy xx 🐾🐾🐾🐾


  23. Look at that sweet face–and those eye. Don’t forget to include a picture. You know Santa is extra busy, but I’m sure you will not only catch his full attention, your photo will melt his heart. ❤ ❤ ❤


  24. dgkaye says:

    Who could deny that face! 🙂


  25. Oh Ani! I know all about “the cupboard thing” but I shall never give you away. Wishing you many tennis balls!


  26. Widdershins says:

    Tennis ball ornaments!!1 Brilliant. 😀


  27. noelleg44 says:

    Such a good girl, Ani! We all know your main job is to comfort,entertain and educate your two-legged, and you are superb at that. I suspect there will be lots of tennis balls on the tree.


  28. macjam47 says:

    Oh Ani, you are such a good dog I’m sure Santa will take care of all the tennis balls on your list. Hugs and belly rubs.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.