Notes from a small dog – Indognation

I am not having a good week. The two-legs has gone wonky again…all this gallivanting, I’ll bet. Serves her right, if you ask me…she’s only herself to blame.

She went away at the weekend. Again. Abandoned me…again. Packed me up, bag, leash and food supply…a major consideration…and sent me off to play with my friends.

That’s okay. Old Gooch was there when they brought me home as a pup, so I’ve known her a long time. And her friend Hardy comes to play sometimes when his two-legses go away… so it is good to go and visit them and their little two-legses. I like seeing Gooch an co. No point in denying that. Normally.

I get walks with Gooch and Hardy… we get to play together, which is fun. What I didn’t expect was the sneaky treachery.

“I’ve been trying to bath her,” said my two-legs to theirs. “I can’t manage it on my own though…not without getting in there with her.” They all laughed… I laughed too. Nice to know I’ve finally won that battle. They talked about other stuff, then finally let me get in the car and go see the gang.

Even though I did hear she’d gone where there was snow and hares and stuff…which I thought was a bit mean without me… all was going well. Or so I thought… till I was tricked and cornered by the tall two-legs. They thought they would be nice. Do her a favour and save her old bones from having to chase me.

So they bathed me.

Even worse, it wasn’t the quick shampoo and rinse that is all she manages. Oh no…they did a really thorough job. Soap everywhere… even my head! She never manages that!

So when they finally took me home, I smelled like a ruddy posy!

Now, okay… it got me extra-close snuggles, ’cause she likes the smell of clean dog. She’d best not get too used to it though! But she took advantage and cleaned my ears while she had me there. Then, just too top it off, she did the unthinkable…

She phoned the vet.

So now I am waiting, with the Paw of Damocles hanging over me. Waiting to see what the horrible vet is going to do to me this time. I bet they’ll want to stick needles in me again too. And she’ll expect me to behave…

Now, I trust my two-legs. I know she loves me. I know she’s only doing what she thinks is best. But her idea of what’s best and mine don’t always meet in the middle. Mine does not include soap suds, vets or needles. Hers doesn’t include enough chicken.

It is one of the problems with authority. And it is my own fault, I s’ppose. Give them a crumb and they take the whole biscuit. I let her think she was in charge. Now she thinks she really is!

Well, we’ll just have to see about that, won’t we?


Much love,

Ani xxx

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71 Responses to Notes from a small dog – Indognation

  1. Ritu says:

    Oh dear Ani… you’re letting control slip!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jack Eason says:

    Always show your two-legs who is boss Ani…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Darlene says:

    Sorry to hear you had to endure a bath and a trip to the vet. I try to avoid both. I guess if I wouldnΒ΄t roll in things, I could escape the dreaded bath. I feel for you, Dot the dog.

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  4. Hi Ani. Personally I like the vet. They give me attention and treats. Maybe your vet isn’t trained quite right? Anyway, you say she left you, had them bath you… Even your head… And you find she was playing in snow while you were having to put up with that? That’s terrible! There better be a lot of cuddles and chicken on offer after that! Lots of licks, Lilie

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  5. acflory says:

    Oh you poor thing, Ani. I hope the visit to the vet is just a checkup. -hugs-


  6. Mary Smith says:

    Oh, Ani, your indognation comes over loud and clear. What a week you’ve had and still with the prospect of the vet in front of you. Surely there will be chicken afterwards asrecompense for all you’ve been put through. Sorry to hear your two-legs is a bit wonky again. Give her my love and tell her I hope she’ll feel better soon. Maybe she needs chicken, too. Chicken soup is good medicine.


  7. ksbeth says:

    oh, ani. try to keep her in the house, though i know it’s a challenge. she’s a wild one )


  8. Oh Ani, you’re wonderful. πŸ™‚


  9. noelleg44 says:

    Oh Ani, a bath and the VET. Well, the bath is over so forgeddaaboutit. The vet? Well, usually they treat you nice. I usually purr for mine. She gives me strokes and cuddles before the needle, and even that’s not too bad if it keeps me healthy. Think about that! More playing in the snow, more tennis balls. I’m a glass half full kitty!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      But… the vet will want to do my ears, Garfield! You prob’ly dont have the same problems…mine are long and floppy… You don’t want them messing with your ears…


  10. dgkaye says:

    Dear Ani: I had to laugh at the way you make it sound like being sent to friend’s is punishment. Look at it like a mini holiday. I’m with you on the vet thing though, even 2 legses don’t like going to the doctor’s. But now you’re smelling fresh and clean and you get closeup snuggles – so the bath was worth it. Right? πŸ™‚ xxxxxx


  11. Oh Ani, the two-legs always want to have their slaves. πŸ˜‰


  12. Ani, just grit your teeth and let the vet give you those needles. They ARE good for you. Your two-legs just wants to keep you healthy. Sorry you had to endure the bath.


  13. C.E.Robinson says:

    Ani, we have to go to the grooming place every month if we want to keep long hair. Puppy cuts look stupid! They do β€œother” cleaning things there too. At least you get a bath at home! And smell good! That’s the best part, more hugs & cuddles. 🐢🐢 Sammy & Charley


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hey Sammy & Charley! She’s threatened me with the groomers before…says they’d be worth every penny if she didn’t have to dry the bathroom walls and ceiling every bathtime πŸ˜‰


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  15. Poor Ani! But vets are okay. Those baths, though …


  16. Gibbs almost left home when he needed his ears done. Gibbs likes to be petted. Don’t touch the ears. Or the eyes. Or anything without explicit, written, signed permission. Oh — so just because Gibbs can’t write, you think we can get away with all that abuse? Think again!

    There is NEVER enough chicken. Never. And for Bonnie? Never enough CHEESE.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Ani wil go for both cheese and chicken πŸ™‚

      She’s the same. Cuddles, play… anything goes. Brushing, grooming, snags and ears… anything that needs doing… and it is ‘first, catch your dog…’


      • Gibbs is so bad they charge us extra at the grooming place because they need two people to keep him from trying to leap from the table. We first thought he’d was a rescue, but the folks there said “NO, he’s a terrier.” Apparently terriers don’t like being handled. But I’ve had hounds that hated being groomed — and they weren’t rescues, either. I’ve actually had a lot of breeds and non-breeds and most of them didn’t like being groomed and some of them went completely bonkers.

        Gibbs is particularly bad about any kind of “treatment” so heaven help us — and him — if he gets sick.


  17. Eliza Waters says:

    That was pretty tricky, Ani. But the cuddles afterwards must have been worth it, right? πŸ˜‰


  18. Widdershins says:

    Oh, the indognity of it all … and then the ears. Poor Ani! 😦


  19. Jennie says:

    Oh, Ani, two-legs is doing what she thinks is best. Besides, she gives you love and tennis balls.

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  20. willowdot21 says:

    Those two legs , Ani, they do take the Mikkie! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ


  21. macjam47 says:

    Awww, Ani, seems to me a bath is worth the extra cuddles. Love, hugs, and a belly rub.


  22. Aw, I am sorry Ani but you do look so beautiful after your bath. Hope your visit to the vet went well.


  23. Oh, poor Ani! I do hope the vet had an insight and did not torture with hurting needles. πŸ˜‰


  24. Loving the use of β€˜indognity’….must hunt down some dog based puns when blogging about my Labrador. Thanks.


  25. We’d do anything for a cuddle, Ani. But not have a bath that makes you smell of a posy. Hopefully, one day, a two-legs will invent dog shampoo that smells of fox poo. What do you think?
    Have a lovely weekend, and give your two-legs a cuddle from us.
    Toby & Austin.


  26. I enjoyed reading this again, Sue and Ani.


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