Notes from a small dog – In hiding…

We are back at the point where she’s losing the plot,
‘When she’s tearing her hair out and swearing a lot,
When there’s costumes and props strewn all over the place
And she’s wearing that panicky look on her face.

‘Cause it’s April again and The Workshop, you see,
And around her’s no place for a small dog to be,
So I’m spending my days hiding under the table
And sneaking out briefly whenever I’m able.

I do try to help, it’s not easy at all
When there’s boxes of stuff between me and the ball
That I keep throwing for her, by way of distraction,
And to keep her alert… I request interaction.

Then to help her keep trim, I’ve a neat plan in place
That prevents her from snacking or stuffing her face…
Every time she goes into the kitchen to feed
I will stand at the treat cupboard, look sad and plead.

Now this works a treat, if you’ll pardon the pun,
‘Cause she either forgets, gives me food, and that’s fun…
Or more likely she will not go in there at all
‘Cause, ” You’ve put on a pound or two, girlie, since fall…”

So to care for my waistline, she doesn’t go in,
While she’s thinking of me, I can help her get thin 🙂
(I am patenting this as the ‘new canine diet’…
If you have a rescue dog too, you can try it!).

I’ve even worked out how to help her do cleaning,
(Which isn’t, she says, her most natural leaning),
I just shed the hair from my thick winter pelt!
(‘Cause with summer soon coming, you know, I would melt…)

She says that I shed half a carpet a day,
And she grumbles and moans as she’s cleaning away,
But the birds use the fur she collects for their nest
And I’m keeping her moving…its all for the best!

See, I know that she has loads of stuff on her mind
And that time for a snuggle’s not easy to find,
So I’m doing my bit, just to show that I care,
We are working together, I’ll always be there.

Because that’s what dogs do, we look after our kin
(Even if it means making them clean and get thin)
And whenever she stops for a minute or three,
The first thing her hand reaches out for is me.

Much love,

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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67 Responses to Notes from a small dog – In hiding…

  1. davidprosser says:

    Ah, there’s nothing like the love of a dog.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Jack Eason says:

    Love Ani to bits. 😉 xx

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Darlene says:

    Ani is doing such a good job as your personal trainer! What a sweetie. Good luck with the preparations, Sue.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. buffalopound says:

    Ani is such a wise dog. Your health is obviously one of her highest priorities. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jenanita01 says:

    Aawww… you are the best friend ever, Ani!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Mary Smith says:

    Oh, Ani, you are such a clever dog! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Ritu says:

    You’re so thoughtful Ani!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. ksbeth says:

    you are so understanding, ani.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. noelleg44 says:

    Ani, you are an understanding dog. Just remember, this will be over soon and you’ll be back to cuddles, walks and ball retrieval. Bless you, little companion!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Ani, reports on how she helps her Two-Legs, including a newly patented diet plan.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Michael and I always enjoy Ani’s poetry, Sue.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. willowdot21 says:

    Beautiful Ani you have excelled yourself again .💜

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Fantastic, Ani! You are so full of wisdom, but i think most of the time the two-leggers do not understand whats really in you mind. 😉

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  14. Anne Copeland says:

    Dogs, and catties too, bring so much color and life into ours. At present I have five chihuahuas, one being part Husky, and two catties, The part Husky, Yukon Jack, is a foster child, and the most humorous of all. He knows the secret of the Teary Eyes, and so when he wants his little bit of coffee, and yes, in HIS cup, not a bowl, he sits looking at me, and his eyes tear up something terrible. I feel like the ogrese who goes out of her way to punish these poor souls. Yes, it is supposed to be terrible for them, but this guy started drinking it the first day he came to stay with us. I got up to get something, and he got up in my chair and helped himself. I thought about it a lot, but then we all probably eat or drink things that are supposed to be not good for us.
    Ani is one of the very intelligent folk; you can tell from her writing. And not someone to be ignored for longer than absolutely necessary either.

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  15. dgkaye says:

    “I request interaction,” Ani you are hilarious!!!!!!!!!!! You’re such a good dog and lovely that you assist the birds with their nests with your fur. I don’t know how Sue would ever get on without your tireless assistance. LOL Big hugs!!!! ❤ xxxx

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  16. Loved this Ani. Bless you.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Lyn Horner says:

    Ani, you are such a good helper, and I’m sure your two-legs appreciates how well you take care of her.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Eliza Waters says:

    You’re a champ, Ani, I’m sure she esp. appreciates the cuddles!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Widdershins says:

    A win-win all round. 🙂 … Well done, Ani. 😀


  20. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    More from the gorgeous Ani abot life with her human…


  21. Adele Marie says:

    Beautiful words, Ani, and is the truth. We gotta look after our two legs without us they’d be falling and breaking things and not eating and well…you know what we do Ani. Much paw love, Dante the Dawg. xxx


  22. C.E.Robinson says:

    Ani, you’ve got that wink down pat! Got the message. Without you around, she is bound to get into trouble! You’re a good dog! 🐶 Christine


  23. Judyt54 says:

    after a month of nearly no sun and way too much cold, it’s beginning to take hold. thank you for Ani. what a lovely tribute (and she writes beautifully, too)


  24. Jennie says:

    Ani, you’re the best!


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