Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Diets, Di and Maggie’s letter

She’s threatening to put me on a diet. Just before Christmas! She says I’m getting old and fat…well, she should know all about that! And if she even thinks about mentioning my rear end…well..!

Too many treats, she says, and not enough running when we’re out. Well, I haven’t seen her running anywhere lately… except when she’s trying to catch me!

I’ll bet she won’t give up her Christmas treats! Okay, she doesn’t have all that many, comparatively speaking, but the fruit cake and mince pies that she likes will be on her menu, even if I’m not allowed any. Raisins, you see… dogs can’t have raisins.

Still, I have her pretty well-trained on the treat front. She can’t go into the kitchen without me, and that means the treat cupboard. So, if she wants to put me on a diet…she’ll have to stay out of the kitchen too! That rear end I didn’t mention? Might do her some good…

But at least there are always treats in my cupboard. Not all dogs are so lucky…and not all two legses either. Mine remembers Christmasses when her pups were little and there was nothing with which to make a Christmas, so she made things for them instead. They were too little to realise, so they were happy enough. And then some kind people from a charity brought proper toys and food on Christmas Eve. She says she cried a lot that Christmas. Not all of them unhappy tears.

She still puts the old matchboxes she wrapped as decorations on the tree … just as a reminder that things are not quite so hard now, and to remind her that Christmas is not about what you can spend, but about the love you can share.

I had a letter from Maggie who looks after Di at pensitivity101. We look a lot alike…and think a lot alike too…

A Christmas Letter from Maggie

Dear Ani,

This is a poem my Mummy wrote a few years ago. I’m going to be spoilt this Christmas just as I am every year, but there are a lot of families that aren’t so lucky.
Can I include it in your letters to Santa please?

Images dancing around the tree,
Soft lights and tinsel for all to see,
Faces aglow by candlelight
Everyone happy, merry and bright.

Not all is so overwhelming or grand,
For some, too young to understand
Reasons why Santa does not come
To their house when the ‘Eve is done.

Empty tables, no tree to share,
A present perhaps, wrapped with loving care,
Nothing much, but a gift just the same
With ribbon and bow, and a tag with their name.

In houses stretched across land and sea,
Images differ from tree to tree,
The future for some is not happy and bright,
Yet their faces glow in the candlelight.

It’s Christmas, and my wish to all of you
Is happiness and love when this Day is through:
Not all are surrounded by festive cheer,
But are in the hearts of those held most dear.

Thank you.


About Maggie’s Mum

Maggie shares her home with Di and her husband. Di desribes herself as a retired number-cruncher, but there is far more to her than that. Di blogs at pensitivity101 and is one of our writephoto regulars. She was the first come come over and introduce herself with a guest post. You can read her story in her own words here.


An Invitation from the Small Dog

If you would like to help Ani make her advent calendar this year, 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…and there are still spaces left!

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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47 Responses to Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Diets, Di and Maggie’s letter

  1. Ritu says:

    How lovely to hear from you Maggie!
    Ani, my mummy is trying to make me lose weight too… The vet person said I might be a ‘fat cat’…
    But if I miaow enough to my daddy, he’s good at listening… Well trained, and the treats come out.

    Mummy is another matter though… She’s strict… But I’ve seen her go to her own treat cupboard lots … I think she needs to diet, not me!!!

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  2. Darlene says:

    A wonderful poem Maggie. Thanks for sharing. When my kids were small we collected bottles and returned them for cash so we could buy a tree. But we had fun doing it and had a great Christmas. Dot says Happy Christmas and hope you get lots of treats! xo

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  3. Thanks Ani. I didn’t understand this thing called Christmas, and the first time I saw snow was in April 2008 and Easter Sunday (another posh dinner, but no tree or presents).
    I’m tusted not to pinch things off the tree (though so tempting) but get treats and a couple of parcels to rip to bits….. I mean open carefully. Hope you get lots of tennis balls. I’m wondering what kind of Baby they have in mind for me this year. Happy holidays. Love Maggie. xxx

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  4. What a wonderful poem! Thank you very much. The images are great too. Michael

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  5. Lovely poem, Maggie. Thanks for sharing it with us, Ani.

    Lots of licks,

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  6. I’m sure you’ll have a Happy Christmas Ani and will get your’ share of treats. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  7. Jean Reiland says:

    Reblogged this on 307.

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  8. amreade says:

    What a beautiful poem. I hope you and your people have a lovely Christmas, Maggie. And Ani, it’s really only fair that you get treats as long as she gets treats. After all, getting the treats off our hips is what New Year’s resolutions are for, right?

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  9. Ani sure is spilling the beans about her two-legged’s Christmas indulgences! And some sweet memories of harder times and the ways that love made them special. A lovely wish from Maggie and Di. Wishing all a Merry Christmas season with plenty of good eats… and no raisins.

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  10. Dale says:

    I have a treat cupboard, too! I have to share with the stupid cats, though. Every time I get one, they do too… And they meow incessantly for more. I, at least, just sit there patiently, waiting. I don’t get one every time but you should see when guests come over… they try to win me over 😉 Works like a charm!!

    As for you, Maggie, Wow… your mum really wrote a beautiful poem!

    Zeke (Dale is my mum)

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  11. This is a lovely poem, shared by Di and Maggie.

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  12. Another great calendar entry Ani, and Maggie. My people would never dream of putting tennis balls on the tree. They know I’m not gentle when I get excited.

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  13. noelleg44 says:

    What a nice poem! Thanks for sharing! Ani, you look just fine to me, except for those ridiculous antlers you’re being forced to wear. I’d like to see a red nose! 😉


  14. dgkaye says:

    What a nice poem from Di. I’m sure Ani is loving all her new doggie friends here. Although, you may have been a bit hard on Sue, Ani, your note was so touching about your 2 Legses’ past Christmas. We must always remember gratitude. ❤


  15. Jennie says:

    Maggie, your mom wrote a terrific poem!

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