Notes from a small dog – Trying times

It’s been a while, what with one thing and another. First she blew up the computer, then the interwebby thing stopped working… and now, well… I can’t keep track of her. She’s in and out like a yo-yo.

You wouldn’t believe what she gets up to either! She seems to forget that being a dog, I have a Nose. I am a specialist detector. You two-legses think you are pretty good at smelling stuff out, but you really can’t beat a dog. Those receptor thingys in our noses? We have fifty times more of them than you…and they count ’em in millions! And, ‘pparently, the bit of our brain stuff that works them is forty times as big as yours. We can make a pretty accurate picture of what you’ve been up to, you know. So if she thinks she can fool me, she’s very much mistaken. I know she’s been playing with cats.

Just think about it… here’s me, all alone with the fish and my toy box… and let me tell you, the fish are no good at playing. At least, not with me. “Won’t be long, girlie,” she says. “Just off to work…” And what’s she doing? Playing with cats.

It was bad enough when there was just the one to worry about. But I have a Nose that tells me there are at least another two of them! She finally admitted to it too… Strays, she says, or somebody else’s cats who just come for cuddles and food… A likely story.! Would she be pointing that camera thingy at strays? Then she tells me it isn’t her fault… it’s one of my boys who’s been acquiring cats! Where did I go wrong? Didn’t I raise him right? Why would he want to go over to the dark side? It’s depressing.

I mean, I’m still not over the whole lost ball fiasco. She’s tried really hard… Fair’s fair, she’s done her best. She’s thrown every single ball she can find… She’s tried them one at a time. She’s tried a few…and a lot… but I can’t seem to find one that works, you know? I’ve done my best, and chased a few, but now I’m feeling bad for her. She’s only a two-legs, after all, she doesn’t really understand. She thinks that if it bounces, it does work. But there is more to choosing a new ball than that. Maybe when the ball guy comes again, I’ll be able to choose. I am trying…honest.

So, between cats and balls and all this gadding about that she’s doing, I was feeling a bit down. In need of some comfort. And just when she should be settling down for cuddles, she puts the pink thing on and says goodnight. Not that she can escape that easily… If the puppy eyes don’t work, there’s always the teeth.

A bit of gentle tugging gets her back on the sofa, and her hands in my ears where they belong. Finally, I’m getting her attention properly. For a couple of days she was really attentive. She even gave me her macaroni cheese! Well, technically ‘give’ is the wrong word. But she wouldn’t really have wanted it back one she’d dropped it , would she? So I thought I’d help by cleaning up. And how does she thank me for that? She disappears again and comes back smelling of something even more dangerous than cats… puppies. A two-legs grand-puppy. So while one of my boys has got waylaid by cats, the other one is having puppies. No wonder she is never still!

So I’ve got my own puppy out of the toy box to keep me company. Trouble is, there’s no fun squeaking it when she’s not around to hear…

And it’s been raining for ages

I hope things get back to normal soon…

Much love,

Ani xxx

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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90 Responses to Notes from a small dog – Trying times

  1. Duke sends his sincere condolences. Especially about the ball. His problem is that he can’t figure out what ball is the right one. And it’s hard taking over the place when there are other dogs that have a solid stake, but he’s working at it. He tried to keep us on the straight and narrow, but we keep getting distracted. It’s so hard being canine isn’t it?

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  2. That last picture is so cuuuuute, Sue. Poor Ani!

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  3. Zinni says:

    Adorable πŸ™‚

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  4. TamrahJo says:

    Dear Ani – MY two-legged NOT entertaining Cats, but seriously! I left a dishtowel in middle of her path, to let her know, I want to play, and she came up from ‘work’ sea about 6 hours later and said, “Oh! Did you do that? okay – 2.5 seconds of play, despite my best and most humbly offered gifts of joy – – sigh – – we dogs just live ‘dogs life? , eh? ~ From your Comrade in Important Battlefronts – Oakely – (USA owner of silly human – – πŸ™‚ LOL πŸ˜€

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      It isn’t good enough…they need to work less, chill more….xx

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      • TamrahJo says:

        True, true, Ani! – do you think a throat hold would grab their attention?!? LOL

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      • TamrahJo says:

        Dear Ani – While your two legged typed to my two-legged, I realized – here I lie, patiently waiting for MY two-legged to quit ‘working’ – only reason I still love her is, her stomping, cursing over, “BAH! Tech World! They launch stuff/promise it will work” faster than they can actually fulfill!…” – and so – – here – soon – she will log off, say to heck with it, via “They said so, NOT so, and I’m done, for today….who cares? ” LOL – and she’ll put on music, ask me if I want to dance, play ‘chase” if I want to, OR pat my head and say, “Sorry – it’s late – lost track of time…are you asleep?!?” My two legged typing just now and totally, completely, putting her own projection/layer of understanding, onto such things…sigh – – May she someday grow up to be all I hoped for her… LOL

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  5. Ritu says:

    Oh Ani! You poor thing! She’ll be back with you like normal soon… and methinks you’re gonna love thus new puppy! 😍

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  6. Poor Ani feeling put upon and neglected too. My Silver had to put up with a new puppy, now they are best friends. But Ani it could be worse my Silver lives with 5 cats [They were here first] who have dibs on me. Give your boys and your person a little leeway they will get it together.

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  7. From my two cresties; hang in there Ani… missing balls will be found, cats will fall face forwards in puddles, and toy puppies always save the day.

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  8. jenanita01 says:

    Poor Ani! What will you do now? I just know you will think of something to put everything back to rights again…

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  9. barbtaub says:

    Poor Ani! You don’t have the right ball, Sue is consorting with the enemy and… wait. That new puppy? You’re absolutely going to love her. Those opposable thumbs will be dropping all kinds of interesting things to the floor very soon, you lucky dog you!

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  10. Adele Marie says:

    I am sympathizing Ani. Just this morning I was barking at the window to tell the two legs that a cat dared to walk on the pavement. Did they give me a treat for alerting them? No. Just get down Dante, stop that, Dante. Hmmph. I am sads too that you haven’t found the one ball yet. I’d send you down one of mine but I knows how it has to be just the right one. Much paw love Ani, Dante the Dog. xxx

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  11. Mary Smith says:

    Oh, Ani, you’ve been having such a tough time recently. I was thinking you and the cat might learn to get on okay but if there are three of them it might be more difficult. However, you will LOVE the new two-legs puppy and have fun together when she’s grown a bit.

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  12. ksbeth says:

    not to worry, ani. sometimes life gets busy and and she will be yours once again

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  13. Jennie says:

    I loved this post. Laughed out loud at ‘the dark side’.

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  14. Poor Ani. Not a good week for the #1 dog – cats, puppies, the favorite ball still missing, rain, Sue on the go. At least she got some mac & cheese and ear rubs. πŸ™‚

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  15. bobcabkings says:

    Ani, I would bet that if you were to meet those cats (horrible thought, I know) just briefly (with best manners, of course), your nose would be able to tell you with one she had been playing with and how long ago. They are seductive creatures for many of us two-leggeds. I hope you manage to find a proper new ball soon, the right one. You will both feel better then.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      All of ’em, Bob. I know she’s been playing with all of ’em… Hrmph!
      The ball thing, though, I know she’ll feel better if I can find one… she seems to be getting worried about me not playing properly still…

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  16. Such cute pictures. πŸ™‚ I hope you find a better ball, Ani. Everyone needs one.

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  17. Poor Ani! I hope things get back to normal for you soon. These human creatures are really hard to train right, aren’t they? I’m trying to train mine right from the start, but they’re just not that great at listening. They also spend too much time on the computer thing. They say they’re “working” and that it’s stuff they have to get done, but I think they should spend more time playing, or going walkies, and less time working.

    Lots of licks,
    Lilie

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  18. dgkaye says:

    “Pparently, someone sounds a bit jealous or neglected, lol. But despite the ball thingy, and the new critters, glad you’re still getting your TLC and macaroni. ❀

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  19. willowdot21 says:

    Now , now Anni you know she loves you more than cats…. Come on! As for the two leg puppies they are special when you meet them you will see. Love and hugs Ruby πŸ’œ

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  20. Henrietta Watson says:

    Reblogged this on Blog Pad 2017.

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  21. Widdershins says:

    Poor Ani … I see now, this is the Summer of your Discontent, and needs to be made glorious by Son of Ball and victorious wreaths wrapped around certain pussycats necks. (not too tight just enough for them to get the message to leave your person alone)

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  22. lovessiamese says:

    Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    Love reading the dog’s point of view, but I have to comment on the top photo of the white-bellied tabby cat. I used to have a cat that looked almost identical, except my Eskimo had a smaller mask on her face and she was thinner (spent her nights catching mice outdoors to impress me). Alas, I had to have her put down when she was but a year old–over twenty years ago. Still hurts. Reblogged from https://scvincent.com

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  23. With all those balls I’d say your two-legs is really trying, Ani. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  24. noelleg44 says:

    Why don’t you like cats, Ani? I’m a cat and Angel, rest her soul, thought I was a dog! We even played, sort of. Anyway, I’ve been out of sorts since she went away. Give them a chance. Sorry you can’t find just the right tennis ball – I know how it is to be picky, oops, selective. Maybe try them just one at a time and only one a day? What do I know? I don’t like balls…anyway, don’t worry, Your two-legged loves you.
    Elijah Moon

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hey Elijah,
      My problem with the cats I’ve met so far is that they are all hiss and claws… I’m sure there are many like you with a more tolerant outlook, but not in my corner of the world, it seems.
      As to the ball… well, the ball guy came and as the only way he was going to do his duty was if I picked a ball… I had to settle on one at last. A bit of grooming and it is almost right πŸ˜‰ xxx

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  25. Oh no, poor Ani. Perhaps you will be able to play with the new puppy sometime and teach it lots of your clever ways. I can understand about the cats….I don’t like them at all!! 🐾🐾🐾🐾

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  26. robinleeann says:

    Great post and beautiful pictures! – I get the cat thing though. I had this cat bully me when I was a kid and now I get nervous around them. I don’t like them.

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  27. C.E.Robinson says:

    Wow, Ani! We never got the hang of balls! Charley likes squeaky toys, and I like barking at noises pretty much any noise, specially delivery & trash trucks. We get a lot of attention cause our two-legged is retired & around a lot! We can relate to the yo-yo in and out when she goes shopping though. Hope you find your fav ball one of theses days! Sammy & Charley! 🐢🐢

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hey Sammy and Charley!
      My two-legs is never still for long. No idea how to just chill…
      I like the postman best for barking…and he comes past every day so I get plenty of practice. And pigeons, they are good too for barking practice πŸ™‚ xxx

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