Note to the small dog on the dangers of playing with cows

I am running a bath in the bathroom,
All scented with jasmine and rose…
The dog is now wedged in a corner
And glaring at me down her nose.

‘Cause we went for a walk in the sunshine,
Across fields where the cows go to play…
And although she resisted temptation,
She’s smelled vaguely bovine all day.

I do what I can to placate her…
Reassure her the bathtub is mine…
But until I’m chin-deep in the water,
She is poised between whimper and whine.

I can practically hear what she’s thinking
Though she looks such a mournful wee mite
With the puppy-eyes soft and appealing…
And a tone in her thoughts that could bite:

“I don’t care if you pay me in chicken
Or in cheese, or a nice bit of ham…
Or if you think I smell like a sewer…
I’m canine and don’t give a damn.

“You can keep all your flowery potions,
And the shampoo that’s sat by the sink…
I’m a dog…and to me this is fragrance…”
“But I’m human, to me its a stink.”

So she stays firmly wedged in her corner
While in scented water I wallow.
For tonight she is safe from the bathtub…
But I’m bathing the stinker tomorrow!

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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43 Responses to Note to the small dog on the dangers of playing with cows

  1. willowdot21 says:

    I love this Sue you have to a T. Puppy eyes aside that mouth shape says it all . 🌹🌹🌹


  2. quiall says:

    hahaha Loved it!


  3. Brilliant! Hugs to the poor fur child.


  4. Mary Smith says:

    Poor Ani. I’m sure she believes she smell absolutely delicious!


  5. hahaha… brilliant!
    Ani should go, find some more lovely smells roll about a bit more… just for today.x


  6. bobcabkings says:

    Dogs and cows, and cow by products – I remember when we rented a farm house and my parents visited with their dog. The landlord kept cows. The dog arrived as a stranger to the canine joys of playing with cows. They had a long, fragrant drive home.


  7. Mr. Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.


  8. HAHA! Oh poor Ani, I know she hates having a bath. I feel for you too, Sue as it is going to be quite a mammoth task for you! Good luck!! xx


  9. What fun. πŸΆπŸ‚


  10. Ha ha ha. That lovely smell of bovine is something humans and dogs will never agree on.


  11. Ritu says:

    Oh bless her! Ani Sonu hates baths Too!!!


  12. Oh My! The face says it all not a fan of baths then!


  13. KL Caley says:

    Brilliant! Wish my two would avoid temptation! Anything that stinks or sticks must be rolled in seems to be the general rule – haha! KL ❀


  14. kirizar says:

    I love the sad-eyed pup staring out at the end. I did wonder though, what was it about the cows that made the dog so fragrant?


  15. dgkaye says:

    Lol. And after you’re all sparkly and clean, do you let Ani climb on you all stinky? πŸ™‚


  16. Ah, Ani, you are the cutest dog every. Michael sends you hugs and kisses.


  17. macjam47 says:

    Ani, you need to relax and learn about the delights of a spa in your own home. Along with cleaning, there are lots of rubs.


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