The hoover? Damn…

The dog has got me sussed, it seems,
I can get nothing past her…
No matter what approach I try
She’s always thinking faster.

“I’ll hoover in a minute, girl”
‘We’ll see,’ I see her thinking…
Then launches into mad-dog mode
Without so much as blinking.

We spend the next half hour or so
In play and rough and tumble,
“I really must clean up, now girl…”
‘Oh yeah?’ I hear her mumble.

All innocent she drains her bowl
And looks to me for water,
So dutifully I oblige
And fill it as I ought to.

But she, no longer thirsty,
Is now waiting in the hall,
She grins at me pathetically
And offers me her ball..

Another half an hour gone,
The daylight is receding,
Her eyes are wide, her cheeks sucked in…
Okay, it’s time for feeding.

I can’t disturb her as she eats
The housework is still waiting…
She comes to me, all big brown eyes,
For hugs, anticipating.

She takes my sleeve between her teeth,
She knows I can’t resist her…
And knows I’m going nowhere till
We’ve cuddled and I’ve kissed her.

“But now, small dog, I’ve work to do.”
She sighs as if she’s weeping…
But when I get the hoover out,
She all curled up and sleeping!

I can’t disturb her quiet snores
And dreams of chasing rabbits…
She knows exactly how to play
Upon affection’s habits…

It’s small dog, one and hoover, nil
Again, on this occasion.
While I must bow my head in shame…
I lost to pup persuasion.

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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62 Responses to The hoover? Damn…

  1. Sadje says:

    Aww, so clever.

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  2. TanGental says:

    another superbly smashing set of stanzas..

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  3. Lovely Sue, and I can relate (though replace ‘ball’ with Baby). Hugs to Ani.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Ritu says:

    These furbabies… They have their cute ways…

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  5. Darlene says:

    What would we do without them, though? The housework can wait.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. jenanita01 says:

    The housework can always wait. The quicker you do it, the sooner it returns…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I love when you write about your pup! This is adorable! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Gwen Plano says:

    So sweet, Sue. Thank you for this heart-warming morning wakeup! ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Oh I can relate too! Lovely poem Sue 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. As a pomeranian owner, this ode to furry mischief spoke to my soul

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  11. words4jp says:

    My Issi strategically uses the tum for distraction…..when I start getting ready for work in the morning, she rolls over – legs spread and tum waiting…it gets me every time. How does one explain to the boss they are late due to a tumtum distraction???

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  13. willowdot21 says:

    We all lose to pup persuasion. 💜💜😊

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  14. AJ.Dixon says:

    That made me smile! Outwitted and outmaneuvered at every turn!
    Looks as though you must learn to accept the dust, Sue 😊


  15. Widdershins says:

    Oh, you pushover, you. 😀


  16. I too have a Mad Dog. He is totally wacko. But he keeps us cursing and laughing.


  17. Eliza Waters says:

    Ani rules the roost! 😉


  18. I just love your Ani poems, Sue. She is very winsome so it is no wonder you always lose.


  19. Awwww love that Sue, gorgeous and I get it…


  20. macjam47 says:

    This is so cute and so cleverly written. I can totally understand. I would succumb to Ani’s wiley ways too. Love and hugs to you and Ani. 💕🤗💕


  21. That is really cute, Sue. 😀 — Suzanne


  22. Oh yes, they do know how to use their wiles to their advantage! She has your number, Sue, big time!


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