Ani’s Advent – Trouble

ani-015-2Dear Santa, here we go again,

It seems like I’m in trouble.

I ate the fish food in the tub

And burst my Christmas bubble.


She says you’ll probably still come,

That one small slip won’t do it…

The problem is, I have this thing…

If I see food, I chew it.


I’ve only ever chewed one shoe,

When I was left alone.

And she just tutted, then dug out

A shoe to be my own.


I’m six years old now and that shoe

Is still there in my toys,

I have a sniff of it sometimes…

Reminds me of my boys.


I don’t chew anything of hers

(Apart from the odd tissue)

But any food she leaves in sight

Appears to be an issue.


She’s pretty good, as two-legs go,

She keeps me from temptation,

But when the fridge door fails to shut

There’s cause for celebration.


There was the ham she’d freshly cooked…

And then the Christmas dinner…

And when I saw smoked salmon too

I was on to a winner…


She wasn’t pleased that Christmas day,

But you’d already been

And brought for me more tennis balls

Than I had ever seen!


She doesn’t stay too cross for long,

She has this look, though, see…

And when she says my name, I wish

The earth would swallow me.


But soon she gives me cuddles

And I see that smile and then

I know that she is still my friend

Though I’ve been bad again.


So Santa, if you will still come,

I really wish you would

Put something in your sack for me

To maybe make me good.



Dear Santa, it’s her two-legs here…

Although she is a hog.

Don’t listen to her just this once,

I love my naughty dog.



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 Ani’s Advent – Trouble

  1. What fun is there to Life, if your Dog is not naughty ?
    Dear Sweet Ani. We all Love her.
    And I applaud you on this Sweet Short and Vibrant poem.


  2. Please show this to Ani and tell her I told Santa to come with a huge juicy bone.


  3. Ritu says:

    How could anyone resist those beautiful soulful eyes! Ani, my fridge is open to you anytime 😚


  4. davidprosser says:

    That’s a really good poem Ani. It’s also catalogue of your disasters to remind you not to o it again this year. Try your best not to eat anything your two legs do, unless it’s given to you.
    Hugs to you and your wonderful two legs.


  5. Miriam says:

    Totally adorable


  6. ellenbest24 says:

    Perfect! How could anyone be cross for too long. Maybe santa could bring your own tiny fridge where what you are allowed sits for you to filtch, an ole two legs will only ever be pleased! *pats head*


  7. TanGental says:

    Goodness my dearest Ani, how do you paw such marvellous rhymes. I’m in deep do-dos for eating another advent calendar but at least this year they phoned the vet first rather than had me vomiting everywhere as some sort of ‘find the chocolate Santa’ game. Apparently I’m good with 100 gms of slippery brown chews but over 150 and I’m back on the drip thingy. Any idea how they do weights? Love Myloxx


  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Following on the heels of Sue’s guest at the Christmas Party today with her wonderful short story.. and a mention of lovely Ani.. here is some verse from Ani about her misdeeds.. rapidly forgiven of course…

    Liked by 2 people

  9. quiall says:

    That was wonderful!


  10. Awwwwwwe. What poetry, Ani. Santa’s going to cave. You watch. ❀ ❀
    One look at that little face and I'd give in too. I have a cat who pull a similar face and I turn to mush.


  11. You’re in good company, Ani. I ate Ava’s licorice and cookies that she got from her friends, as well as a packet of tissues, while mom and Alex were at the orthodontist this morning. I wagged my tail with my guilty face, which gave it all away. The evidence was soon found. Your partner in crime, Zelda ❀


  12. Ha ha. Funny. Never a dull moment, Sue. You can thank Ani for that while she’s eating your Christmas ham.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Widdershins says:

    That ‘I’m guilty’ face is perfect!!! πŸ˜€


  14. willowdot21 says:

    You are so gorgeous Ani you can be forgiven anything!!


  15. bobcabkings says:

    I suspect that Santa will bring Ani something very nice, maybe even treats.


  16. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Ani eats and chews


  17. reocochran says:

    Aww, Sue! Ani looks so sweet and how could one not love her, just as she is? I know it is best to keep her naughty and not change any part of this dear little “Angel!” ❀ What a perfect ending to Ani's request to Santa!


  18. I don’t think you are naughty at all Ani, you just can’t resist a tasty treat. I am the same, and one year managed to get into a box of liqueur chocolates. My human was more worried than cross (once she had stopped laughing). Love Roxy xx


  19. This poem was so adorable, as is your dog. Lucky you!


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