Ani’s Advent Invitation: Marilyn Armstrong – A trying time for dogs

I had a nice letter from some friends. They got their two-legs, who is friends with my two-legs, to send some of her festive photographs over… just in the interests of canine solidarity.

They wrote:

It is a trying time for dogs … sometimes even for human people. But on the whole, no one tries to make us wear red antlers, though you’d be surprised how many two-leggeds volunteer to wear big red suits and long white beards. I’ve never understood it, myself, but I’ve never looked my best in a long white beard

Have a wonderful holiday season. Have your two-legged read you the book. I’ve sent you a picture. I’m sure she knows the story!

Love from all of us,

Bonnie and Gibbs and The Duke

I have to agree… I try all the time at Christmas, but I don’t always manage to snaffle the turkey. And a white beard does not look good on a dog. And a green one usually means you are in trouble for de-stuffing things again…

Bonnie and Gibbs and The Duke live with Marilyn and Garry Armstrong. Marilyn takes wonderful pictures and posts them on her blog along with articles about all sorts of things, from the dogs and the landscape, to Garry meeting film stars and presidents when he worked in the square box thingy. What I want to know, is, does that mean Garry is like Santa, being able to fit inside lots of small spaces, like Santa does with chimneys, and be everywhere at once every day? Even Santa only has to do it once a year..!

Marilyn has also written a book, The 12-Foot Teepee, which tells about a young woman’s journey to find a future for herself by freeing herself from her past.

I’m not sure what a teepee is but my two legs wishes she could have one too. I think its a kind of two-legs kennel, but I may be wrong about that. I hope I’m not, ’cause my two-legs drinks a lot of tea…

You can find Marilyn, Garry and the dogs at the Serendipity blog, on Twitter, and Facebook.

Much love, Ani xxx

Antlers are for Reindeer!

If you would like to help save Ani from a fate (she says) worse than death, send your Letters to Santa, festive memories, short stories, flash fiction or poems to the Small Dog. She will post them every day through December until Christmas.

She would especially like to hear from her four-legged or feathered friends (she has a special place very close to her heart for turkeys)… but she says that two-legs are better than none, so she will accept submissions from humans too.

To get in touch, please use the form on the contact page or email Ani at

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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20 Responses to Ani’s Advent Invitation: Marilyn Armstrong – A trying time for dogs

  1. I love the idea of dogs writing to each other about their owners in that way. Charming hardly does it justice 🙂


  2. Dear Ani,
    From Bonnie and Gibbs and Duke (the dog who conquered the west), we are hoping we have saved you from the red antlers of awfulness. A teepee is a pointy little house made of the same stuff you chew on, so we’re not sure if your would like it, but ours was very popular with the wild cats who liked living in it and many mice who love tearing up the pillows. Sometimes, there’s a fire inside and not all of us are real happy about fires!

    Love from all of us. We haven’t seen a single hint of antlers around here … but humans can be awfly sneeky about stuff like that! We’ll let you know — promise!

    Hugs and our best biscuits,

    The Dawgz

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Dear Dawgz,

      I think I would have to come visit and see for myself. Mice I can live with …but you have wild cats??? She keeps going on about feral ones and they sound dodgy enough!

      Thanks for coming over and helping rescue me 🙂

      Much love, Ani xxx


  3. Reblogged this on SERENDIPITY and commented:
    Help save Ani from the red antlers of awfulness! Puleeze!


  4. Thank you, Ani, for introducing me to Bonnie and Gibbs and Duke and to their two-legs as well. It is lovely to learn about Marilyn’s book.


  5. Garry Armstrong says:

    Dear Ani,
    Please thank your Mom for the lovely missive about all of us here at The spawling Kachingerosa Ranch, deep in the heart of the Blackstone Valley.

    Ani, I’m a long time retired (17 years) from life in that square boxy thing. People stll say “I grew up watching you on/in that square boxy thing”. Some of these kind folks are really old. It makes me wonder if I covered Abe Lincoln as a young reporter. Try to remember….

    Ani, I hope you are not bearded this holiday season. I have a feeling Duke may wind up with a green beard given his frantic behavior. I hope Duke behaves himself. Santa will be very nice to Duke, Bonnie and Gibbs if they are obedient children. Extra biscuits? Funny you should ask, Ani.
    You just never know.

    I have a feeling Santa, Rudolph and all the other reindeer will be paying you a special visit, Ani.

    Have a wonderful day.



    • Sue Vincent says:

      Dear Garry,
      Now, that square box thing…as you didn’t really say how you manage to fit in there and be everywhere at once, I am going with magic. Marilyn seems to think you are pretty magical anyway ❤
      Have a wonderful Christmas and make sure there are plenty of those extra biscuits around ( and turkey. I'd get them one each on order from Santa 😉 )
      Much love, Ani xxx


  6. “canine solidarity” LOL This is what we have to accept. 😉


  7. Widdershins says:

    Teepee’s and tea … I see what you did there, Ani. 🙂


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