Note on the small dog… Obsession

Her favourite ball had been lost in the bushes,
In spite of the brambles, the thorns and the rushes,
We’d looked for it everywhere, to no avail
And the small dog was sad with no wag in her tail.

For almost a month she’d refused to play ‘fetch’;
With the air of a glum, inconsolable wretch
She had ducked when I’d thrown every ball that she had,
And believe me, she knows how to make me feel bad!

Then the ball guy comes round, so I warn of her grief,
And he looks at the doglet in sheer disbelief…
She is wagging her tail and her sorrow’s worn thin
As she drops a new ball at his feet with a grin.

She has groomed it and fetched it and chased it with glee…
Why couldn’t she just do the same thing for me?
I may feel redundant, but also feel joy
That she’s finally chosen a new special toy.

It just goes to show, though, that fixing your fate
On that one single object is closing the gate
That can lead you to happier places and dreams…
And focus is not always all that it seems.

The small dog has so many balls she could chase
But she only saw one, that no ball could replace…
Until love and laughter had shown her the way
She’d almost forgotten the best way to play.

It isn’t the ball that is thrown, for a start,
The joy’s in the sharing that comes from the heart…
Forgetting obsession and choosing a ball
Left one small dog bouncing, in no time at all.

Action shots of Ani by my son, Nick Verron

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 Note on the small dog… Obsession

  1. Ritu says:

    Oh I’m so glad you found a new ball to love Ani!

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  2. What a delight for you all now that Ani has got her mojo back as well as a new favourite ball!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Yay! Ani found a new special ball. The urge to play must have been overwhelming. Great action shots! And not a sad eye in the post.

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  4. At the moment, Duke has TWO balls, but only one is The Fetching Ball. if he’s in the mood, he will fetch anything you throw, but the enthusiasm, the bounce, the delight — just one of them. That’s also the one he really chomps and tugs at so that it’s less a ball than a roundish “thing” that has memories of ball-ness in its round-isn brain. I have 16 more balls. I hope that at least some of them will be greeted with verve!

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  5. So happy for the return to joy. Yay, Ani.

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  6. Adele Marie says:

    So happy for Ani, lots of paw love Dante. xxx

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  7. So happy to read that Ani has a new ball, Sue.

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    Glorious ๐Ÿ’œ, I am do pleased!

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  9. Mary Smith says:

    So pleased Anmi has found joy again. Nick’s taken a great photo of her – you can see her joy.

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  10. jenanita01 says:

    Good to see Ani enjoying herself at last…


  11. Wonderful, and true. Our former cat also had her “one and only” ball.


  12. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    An update on the lost ball that Ani was missing and refusing to accept all others… until……. Sue treats us to some verse on the subject and glad to see Ani back with a wag in her tail.

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  13. noelleg44 says:

    Clearly in this case, it was the thrower of the ball that forced her to make a choice! She looks so joyful!

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  14. lovessiamese says:

    Love this poem/story. Animals are so precious to us. My psychology professor made a statment in class one day that animals can’t think and don’t have feelings. My response: “You’ve never had a pet, have you?”

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  15. Yay Ani got her groove back!

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  16. dgkaye says:

    Thanks goodness girls! And loveeeeee the happy photo. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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  17. bobcabkings says:

    Glad for both of you!

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Yay, Nick! Maybe he should have come round sooner?
    Great poem, Sue, you have a great gift for rhyme!

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  19. That’s a great action shot of Ani with her new ball. Glad she’s found a new play thing again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Nawwww so cute! Glad she’s finally settled on a replacement ball!

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  21. Widdershins says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!! … ** waves arms like Kermit** ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. Great photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad that Ani is happily ball chasing again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. macjam47 says:

    Such a happy ending for Ani!

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  24. BostonTerrierLover says:

    That poor dog. I hope you can find another ball just like that one! Or maybe she will be more careful next time!


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