Notes from a small dog: IndieAni Bones and the dragon’s lair

It was a misty morning when she woke me. She was up and about earlier than usual… I wasn’t even awake when she started bustling about… and yet, when I’d had my breakfast and went for the leash, all I got was “Not now, girlie.” I ask you… what kind of a start is that to the day? “Don’t worry,” she says, “you’re going on an adventure.” Then she put some water and my bowl in her bag, dug out my seat belt and stuffed me in the car!

Well, she promised me an adventure, and I certainly got one! I thought I was going to see my canine  mates, Gooch and Hardy, ‘cause we started off going that way. But no… we ended up in a car park with a big, long metal worm thing that was eating people. “It’s a train, you daft dog,” she says. Not reassuring, I can tell you. So instead of parking there, she put the car near a field and we had a run for a while. Different, yes, but not exactly an adventure… and then she stuffed me back in the car before I’d chased so much as a duck!

Then she took us right up close to the train thing, and two two-legses came up to the car…waving and smiling. Mine jumps out and they start hugging her! Well, I don’t normally allow hugs… not even from two-legses that she wants to hug (apart from little ones…that’s different.) So I barked a bit, just to make the point….and the new two-legses ignored me and got in my car regardless! One of them climbed in right beside me too! Her name was Alethea and I’ve heard a lot about her.  “I’ve heard a lot about you over the years,” she says. Well, that shut me up, ‘cause you never know what she might have heard… but it can’t have been too bad, ‘cause she stroked me and seemed happy enough to be with me. Now I knew why I’d had to have a bath the day before… reinforcements had been called in and they stuffed me in the tub without so much as a by your leave…

Anyway, it seemed we really were off on an adventure, ‘cause we drove for ages. I might have got a little impatient in the rush hour traffic around somewhere she said was called Oxford, but it is called singing, not whining. It’s a Toller thing, and my Dad was a Toller. And anyway, they were talking all the time, so I was just joining in. But eventually, after hours and hours of driving… which she said was nowhere near that much… we pulled up at a green place and she finally let me out. It was a perfect spring day…all warmth, flowers and sunshine…

“Just a quick stop,” she says, taking the girls over to a big stone by the road side. She said it was the Blowing Stone, a big sarsen with holes in it. If you put your mouth to the right hole and blow in just the right way, it makes a sound like a musical instrument that can be heard for miles. Alethea tried and, unlike my two-legs, sounded the stone almost straight away. That was a really good start! If these new two-legses understood the stones, we were in for a really good day!

We drove on a bit further and stopped again. This time she locked the car and took ‘my’ bag with the water in. A much better sign! “Dragon Hill,” she says.  Now, I’ve wanted to go to this place for ages, ‘cause her and the ball guy talk about it so much. Alethea took my leash, but as I was a bit worried about whether my two-legs would make it up the hill, she had to give me back. So, up we went to the top, where the bare patch of chalk shows where St George slew the dragon… yeah, right! There is a dragon here…but it is far from slain.

Anyway, once she had checked for sheep, she let me off the leash at last…  and then the fun really began! She started to tell them about the place, and about how her and the ball guy had started their adventures here. While I explored, she told them about the hill and how it might have been used in the long-long-ago, when the land was much younger. She showed the them the Manger, and told them how she had ‘seen’ it filled with water and reflecting back the folds of what he had realised was the  dragon’s wing. We looked up and saw the white outline, carved into the hill above… and she wondered if it was a horse or a dragon… but told us it was not the dragon…

But, when I tried to go up the slope to get a closer look, she called me back. We only had a few hours there as she had to take my boy to the hospital later, so she was going to move the car to another place to save time… and then we would get a closer look…

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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 scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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80 Responses to Notes from a small dog: IndieAni Bones and the dragon’s lair

  1. Sounds like a great adventure so far, though a bit annoying with all that being made to go back to the car. Lots of licks, Lilie

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  2. jenanita01 says:

    I cannot wait to see where you are going next, Ani… such an adventure!

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  3. Mary Smith says:

    ooh, worth having a bath for, Ani! Hope you didn’t need another one after your adventure 🙂

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  4. Violet Lentz says:

    I love adventures with Ani…

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  5. Looks like you had a wonderful adventure Ani!

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  6. I am so glad I followed you if only to hear about your pupper adventures! Love the narrator in this.

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  7. Seems mission accomplished, and Ani’s first train ride was done. 😉 Ani, hope you also have checked out the bord restaurant. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Oh no… I only got her near a train, not on one 😉

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      • Oh, i thought Ani has discovered how it is riding a train, like the first fourlegger on Mars. 🙂

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        • Sue Vincent says:

          Not yet… but who knows where her adventure swill take her? 😉

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          • Patty says:

            Ani, King Campbell back to say, I’ve been on a train at least the kind that go from one city to another.

            Momma and I took one while we were running round in my homeland teaching momma to work with me.

            They’re not much to get excited about. I mean I just took a nap but then again I couldn’t see out the windows cause Momma would not let me into the seat or her lap so you might like it better.

            If you go on one do let us know of it and if you get to see out the windows let us know what you see.

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            • Sue Vincent says:

              Mine says I am too big to get on her knee… something about my rear end expanding…I have no idea what she means, Campbell!

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              • Patty says:

                La! Who knows? Mine talks like I’m so big and heavy and won’t let me sit on her lap at all. Says she cannot breathe when I get onto her at night when we’re sleeping too.

                She says I weigh 90 pounds. I thought pounds were where doggies who run round with out their leashes went but I don’t know.

                Well, two legs, what’s a doggy to do?

                Enjoy your adventures. Momma made me go lay down so I’m using the computer while this two legs guy works on the dish washer. I have no idea how come she needs a dish washer. I told her I’d wash the dishes, I mean I am a service dog.

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              • Sue Vincent says:

                Yeah, I’d wash dishes too…if mine would let me!

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              • Patty says:

                Well, we can’t do nothin’ with them.

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  8. Patty says:

    Reblogged this on Campbells World.

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  9. Patty says:

    Ani, King Campbell A.K.A Bubba Dog here,
    WOW! What neat adventures your Two Legs takes you on.
    My Two Legged Momma and I have been to lots of neat places but none like where you get to go. That must be so way cool.
    Cannot wait to read more.
    Uh Oh! Here comes mom, got to run.
    W’w’w’w’w’w’oolf!

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hope you are feeling lots better, Campbell! Much love, Ani xxx

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      • Patty says:

        Hello Ani.

        I’m doing OK but I heard momma on the telebone this morning and she says I got to go back to the V*T for more tests.

        I’d rather go on an adventure. I bet there were lots of great places to sniff. I love to sniff. I’m a Labrador. Mom says I’m all nose and stomach but she’s nuts. I got feet and tail and a big wet tongue for giving Kingly Slimies.

        Well, you just keep going on those neat adventures and do write of them. I enjoy reading. I slip onto the computer when Momma is in the bath.

        Do you have any idea why two legs like baths so much?

        I mean I like water but this thing they’ve got about soap. Seriously!

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  10. Darlene says:

    I love this Indieani-bones!! So glad you got to go along on this adventure.

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  11. Ani got to go on a great adventure! How fun to run around, look at things, and keep the two-leggeds entertained. 🙂

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  12. I was trying to imagine taking any of my guys. I couldn’t take Bonnie. Not only is she nearly blind, but she does whatever she wants and doesn’t listen to either of us. Gibbs would be terrified and search for a rock to hide under. But Duke would like it. He never strays far from us. He takes his rescue seriously and he’s not letting us out of his sight. Except for him being completely wacko, he’d be fine!

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  13. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Ani I love your new title! The thought of all those hills are making me restless. Love Ruby!xxx

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  14. Reblogged this on Not Tomatoes and commented:
    Sue’s Ani recounts our magical day on Dragon Hill:

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  15. Ani, it was so wonderful to have finally met you and to share the day together. I’ve been telling Zelda and Rosy all about you. I think they’re just a wee bit jealous 🙂 ❤

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  16. There’s always Frank the cat 😉

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  17. A wonderful adventure, Sue.

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  18. macjam47 says:

    Ani, I’m so happy you got to go on such a wonderful adventure. I will read on and find out where you went next. 💕🤗💕

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