Beauty and the Beast – grooming the small dog…

I looked the small dog in the eye
And she looked back at me…
A more determined look, I think,
You would go far to see.

I’d only mentioned it was hot
And that she must concur
That summer is no time for dogs
To wear their winter fur.

“A bath would be a good idea.”
I spoke to empty air…
She was long gone and disappeared
To hide behind my chair.

I wheedled, pleaded and cajoled,
But would she come out? No.
She knew from past experience
That in the bath she’d go.

I tried to reason with her
Then gave in and tried a bribe…
She sat in silence, wary
And ignored the diatribe.

My blandishments fell on deaf ears,
She wouldn’t move at all…
Until my back was turned
And she went off to find her ball.

I found her brush, it’s almost new,
I’d bought it years ago
But she will never let me close
To where her feathers grow.

I cannot brush the dog at all,
In spite of arrant need,
Not even when I cheat a bit
And put her on the lead.

But this time, somehow something changed
She stood as still as death,
And while I brushed, she snuck in close
Till I could feel her breath.

She not a ‘licky’ dog at all
So took me by surprise…
The tongue came out with purpose,
Caught me right between the eyes.

She got her own back as I brushed;
Her weapon grew more bold…
Revenge tastes sweet, or so they say,
Though I’m more hot than cold.

And so the dog is fully groomed,
But I’ve been laundered too,
All unconsenting, I’ve been washed
With horrid, doggy goo.

The victory must go to her,
We know who has the power…
While she escapes the dreaded bath,
I’m heading for the shower.

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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60 Responses to Beauty and the Beast – grooming the small dog…

  1. A very good post and nice pictures of the dog. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Ritu says:

    Lol!!!! Oh they know how to get their backs!!!!


  3. Maggie is the same. Suffering in the heat at the moment, but won’t let us near her with the brush.


  4. Fabulous Sue… just as well it is doggy goo! That expression in the first photograph is priceless… xxx


  5. Ha ha, Sue, round one to Ani. My cat likes to come and sit on my keyboard so that I can’t type – its worse than having a baby!


  6. Wonderful poem Sue.. And big smiles at doggies and their bath time.. πŸ™‚


  7. Adele Marie says:

    Hi Ani, they gots me yesterday. In the borkin garden of all places. squirted me with the hose. oh the indignity. much paw love Dante Dog. xx


  8. bobcabkings says:

    “You want to bath me, I bath you. Ha!” LOL


  9. noelleg44 says:

    Oh, Ani got you good on that one – win one,lose one. She is such a smart cookie!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      She did…quite out of character too. She never licks me…only ‘her’ boys… and never, ever lets me groom her. But I brushed her for half an hour. She must be up to something…


  10. willowdot21 says:

    Well done Ani! πŸ’œ


  11. macjam47 says:

    Haha! Ani, you got her good, didn’t you? That will teach her to try to trick you.


  12. Hahaha! Loved this!!


  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Haha, I can just imagine it! πŸ˜€


  14. Sorry I must cheer for Ani this time. She has to have some recourse for all that brushing.


  15. jenanita01 says:

    Hilarious! I would call that a well fought draw!


  16. Ha. ha. Perfect description in rhyme, Sue. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


  17. Rae Longest says:

    Dee-light-ful! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this poem!


  18. I eventually managed to get my Westie boy, Kero, to stay there patiently while everything but the actual bath part was done… He never was a fan of water, but loved to be brushed. I’m hoping to have the same success with our new little Westie girl, Lilie, and hoping the love of water she’s so far showing continues, since she is currently eager to splash about in water in the tub, so if it continues it will make getting her to take a bath easier. I’m not holding my breath, but I am encouraging the love of water, and it doesn’t hurt to hope, right? πŸ˜‰


    • Sue Vincent says:

      My last pair of dogs were very different. Both and Echo and Molly adored water…in lakes, streams or anywhere else…except the bathtub. Moll would let me bathe her but made it clear she did so under protest. Echo became a ‘dead dog’ and had to be hauled in, hauled out and looked at me accusingly throughout. She did make the occasional dash for freedom and, being a big dog, soaked everyone. Oddly enough, Ani looks very much like Echo…but she’s faster and more stubborn.


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  20. HAHA! Ani is certainly a very clever girl!! 🐾🐾🐾🐾


  21. dgkaye says:

    Lolllllllll so funny Sue. πŸ™‚ x


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