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 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 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. 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


  8. What fun. πŸΆπŸ‚


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


  10. Ritu says:

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


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


  12. 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 ❀


  13. 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?


  14. dgkaye says:

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


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


  16. 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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