I leave my dog curled up in bed,

I say goodnight and stroke her head.

The bed she’s carried to the hall

To guard my door (and guard her ball)

So all night long, I’ll know she’s there

And I can sleep without a care.

All sweet and good, I hear you say,

But when I rise at break of day

There is no Ani in her bed

She’s in the living room instead.

No longer does she guard my door…

My sofa cushions, on the floor,

All rearranged and neatly placed

With elegantly chosen taste,

Are now a nest for canine dreams

Where she can hatch her cunning schemes.

And every morning, it’s the same,

Perhaps it is some kind of game?

“Oh no, dear writer”, says the dog,

“I guard the garden from the fog,

From foxes, mice and other things

And guard the little bird that brings

The sun from over yonder hill

To light the golden daffodil.”

And with such limpid eloquence

And eyes that speak of innocence

There isn’t much left I can say

So once again, she wins the day.


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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48 Responses to Comfort

  1. I love this post ♥


  2. Mary Smith says:

    Lovely! And at least she does you the courtesy of making you feel safe when you go to bed before she attends to her other guard duties.


  3. An adorable poem, Sue. I am going to read this to Michael tonight.


  4. Our dogs do much the same. They guard us from wicked other dogs, bobcats, raccoons, and every kind of bird. And even from the impressively large coyote that could as easily pop into the yard. But our children keep us safe from all manner of things.

    Except rain. Rain is not their problem. It’s definitely OURS ❤

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  5. Aww, those eyes! Even when they’re doing wrong, they can truly do no Wrong, can they?


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Ani rules! 🙂


  7. bobcabkings says:

    Ani is a hard working and guarding small dog, even in her sleep. 🙂


  8. Bernadette says:

    Canines are so much better at sharing the love than humans.


  9. Sue
    This is delightful

    Big hugs



  10. This is great, Sue. 😀 — Suzanne


  11. She is such a little treasure 🙂


  12. willowdot21 says:

    Beautiful Ani you are doing a wonderful 💗💝


  13. TamrahJo says:

    Oakley stands guard and learns while I fall asleep to a documentary, at the side of my bed, on the floor – then, should I awaken when the neighborhood artist is awake and utilizing tools for his art, in the dark of the night – she is stretched out, guarding the main entry – should I awaken at 5, start the coffee pot, and decide to return to bed, for a just a tad longer, she is already stretched out on the floor under my desk, pre-warming the floor for toasty toes warm from bed, when I finally do get there. When the day starts – we do our “dog yoga’ stretch together – she watches the coffee come out, listens to me muttering as I walk through the ‘to-do today list’ – yawns and says, “I’m going out to watch for that cat I hate – he’s about due to cross our place back from his midnight cattin’ -” and pads out the door – – LOL


  14. macjam47 says:

    Of course she does!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Rae Longest says:

    Sweet, sweet poem. Great post!


  16. dgkaye says:

    Brilliant Ani. A better lookout post for you to keep an eye on many things at once. ❤


  17. noelleg44 says:

    Ani, you’re such a good guard dog! Your two-legged sleeps safely! Who knows what those horrible things in the garden might do! I have a choice of three beds next to my two legged’s bed – a pillow, a soft, round cat bed and a square dog bed. Like you, I prefer the pillow. Dogs rule!


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