Notes from a small dog – Foul baggage


I know the score… I know the signs… there’s no way she’ll decieve me,

She’s running round and packing bags, which means she’s going to leave me.

She wanders way too often for my liking, I must say,

Sometimes she’s hardly here for long before she’s on her way.


“But, girlie, I must go to work, to earn our daily bread.”

I wish that she’d stay home andΒ  just play ball with me instead.

“We cannot,” she will frown and say, “do everything we please.

Unless I go to work, there’ll be no tennis balls or cheese.”


Well, okay then, that part I get…I don’t mind telling you

I’ll let her off for working, ’cause it covers chicken too.

But what about the times she loads the bags into the car?

You don’t need tons of suitcases if you’re not going far…


“I never take more than one bag or pack a ton of stuff!”

She interjects and waltzes off, as if she’s in a huff…

To pack another set of bags, so just what is she at?

‘Cause, if she’s only off to work…then I must be a cat!


She stops a while and comes across to snuggle up with me,

She strokes my ears, I sigh and lay my head upon her knee.

My peace will soon be shattered though, my days look awful bleak…

“Don’t worry girlie, I’ll be home in no more than a week.”


Did I just hear the words aright? Did I hear what she said?

A week? A lot can happen then! I might even get dead!

The hoover monster might wake up and chase me down the hall!

The kites might come and get me, or at least my special ball!


“But you’ll be fine,” she laughs at me, “For you can go and stay

With all your favourite doggie friends where you can run and play.”

She doesn’t understand! That’s not the point! No, not at all!

‘Cause none of my four-legged friends can really throw a ball!


“I won’t be long,” she’ll tell me as she’s walking out the door…

I won’t be long? Yeah right…and I have heard that one before!

You know though, there is something worse…and even though she’s mean

I won’t be really happy till she’s back from where she’s been.


Editor’s note: She got chicken as compensation πŸ˜‰


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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69 Responses to Notes from a small dog – Foul baggage

  1. Ritu says:

    Don’t worry Ani. She’ll be back soon!!!


  2. quiall says:

    aaawww . . . our sympathies are with Ani! (She writes so well!)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wow such a cute and loveable poem Sue and a darling little angel with her toy in her mouth. Great.


  4. Reblogged this on Lance Greenfield and commented:
    This is just like you Maisie, who always has a toy in her mouth and knows exactly what we’re doing and what extremely saying. Maisie is a Dachshund cross Cocker spaniel.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. bobcabkings says:

    Oh, Ani, what a busy two-legged you have. I suspect you can expect extra treats, and cheese, and chicken, and ball throwing when she gets back.


  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Who could resist that look… how could anyone leave her… Ani is not a happy bunny… I mean small black dog… and the reason for her woe is to be found in Ani’s verse on the matter….Oh Sue how could you!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jean Reiland says:

    Reblogged this on 307.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Soul Gifts says:

    I have one at home just like her – well, not in looks, but everything else matches !


  9. Poor Ani. She sure does play up those puppy-dog eyes, doesn’t she? I think more chicken is in order. πŸ™‚


  10. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Sue is feeling guilty. πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 1 person

  11. lisakunk says:

    Oh how I understand this,
    from every point of view.
    We see those eyes most every day
    In horsey face times two.
    And then there are the inside pets
    three big dogs and a cat.
    When we commence to packing
    they know just where it’s at.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I had to laugh, I understand
      The guilt they make you feel…
      In spite of bribes and cuddle time
      To them, it’s a big deal.

      Liked by 1 person

      • lisakunk says:

        Aren’t we smart little poets. You think in rhyme like I do. Not a very popular poetry style. I was in a group of poets for years and was the only dr Seuss type rhythm. My teacher told me to bring one of my essays. They liked them and she told me I was an essayist masquerading as a poet and to join her other writing class. I did. And I lived happily ever after.


  12. Mary Smith says:

    Poor Ani. But you’ll have more fun with your doggie friends than travelling in the car to a strange place. And think of the guilt treats when she’s back!


  13. Chicken is always a very big help, though these days, our dogs are crazy about … watermelon. As soon as I open one up they are dancing in the street. Is it just our crazy kids?

    Have a great trip!


  14. adeleulnais says:

    Ani, I wishes I was there to play with you but even I can’t throw the ball for you. lots of paw love from Dante Dawg. xxx

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Michael and I really enjoyed this, Sue. Michael says Ani can come and stay with him any time – bit far sadly!


  16. Bernadette says:

    Poor, poor Ani but remember as Shakespeare said “absence makes the heart fonder”. Perhaps Sue will bring you a very tasty snack.


  17. noelleg44 says:

    Aw, Ani, I feel for you. I get all out of sorts when my two legged leaves from just a few hours – and I’m hearing stuff about her being away for almost a month. Don’t forget to ask for extra chicken, cheese and tennis balls when she get back. Hang in there! Hugs, Angel

    Liked by 1 person

  18. socialbridge says:

    Oh Ani, I understand. You’re friend, Puppy Stan. xxx


  19. socialbridge says:

    i know you don’t care about grammar and stuff. Stanny


  20. Barbara says:

    Reblogged this on Create With Barb and commented:
    For those times when we must leave our beloved pets. Who could resist that face?

    Liked by 1 person

  21. dgkaye says:

    Aw, sweet Ani. Think of it as going to camp. πŸ™‚ xx


  22. THOSE EYES!!! I love this post, so much!


  23. Denis1950 says:

    Oh Ani what a tough life you have. It is clear all you expect is daily ball throwing, food, companionship, a clean couch etc in return for the enormous responsibility of 24 hour guarding and protecting. It seems she does not understand when you are not home you cannot perform your duties. maybe she will slow down a bit or even take you travelling more??
    ps your poetry is improving Ani


  24. Wendy says:

    Awww – I recognise those eyes.. heart wrenching when I’m packing up my suitcases… xx


  25. Good post, Ani. (I love the picture of her with her stuffed doggie.) πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


  26. Oh, you look so sad Ani, but I am sure you will have great fun with your pals, and she will be back soon. (Maybe with some extra treats too)!! Love Roxy xxx🐾🐾🐾


  27. The coming home treats are extra-sweet! πŸ™‚


  28. Lyn Horner says:

    Reblogged this on Lyn Horner's Corner and commented:
    She’s such a sad little sweetie!

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Lyn Horner says:

    My cats sympathize with you, Ani. When I drag out a suitcase and start packing, they look at me like I’m a traitor. I tell them I will be home soon and my good friend will visit every day to feed and play with them, but they just give me that sad, accusing stare you are giving your four-legs. Chin up, girlie, she will return to you soon.


  30. Reblogged this on Waggy Tales and commented:
    I hope you don’t mind I reblogged this poem. It is just wonderful, especially with the photos. I think every dog owner can relate to this, Thank you for sharing


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