No ball outside the bathroom door
No muddy trace of canine feet
There is no dog hair on the floor
The house looks shiny, clean and neat.

Outside the pigeons on the fence
Can bill and coo without a fight
No tapping claws upon the wood
To wake me in the dead of night.

No ceaseless begging for a walk,
Nor am I plagued to play at fetch…
It sounds ideal, you must admit,
But honestly? I feel a wretch…

I miss her when she isn’t here
I miss the snores and her demands
I miss her joyous, bounding glee
I miss her wet nose in my hand.

While I must wander north alone,
She’s left me for a better place
With dogs and boys with whom she’ll play…
But I feel that I’m in disgrace.

She went away a day too soon,
And bounded off with walks in store
While I got packed for travelling
And cleaned the house and scrubbed the floor.

But, though the floor stayed nice and clean
Though I could work quite unimpeded,
For the house to feel like home
The small dog’s face is sorely needed.

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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97 Responses to Missing…

  1. davidprosser says:

    I’m so sorry Sue. I know she’ll be sorely missed by you but also by your blogging family.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ritu says:

    Oh Ani… πŸ˜’πŸ’œ


  3. Violet Lentz says:

    This took my breath away. Oh Sue…

    Liked by 2 people

  4. TanGental says:

    Boy do i understand your pain. For all we besotted types, this is perfect

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I know what you mean. Even when they’re only gone for a short while, we can’t help but miss them. No matter how we may claim the games of fetch make getting things done harder, and sigh at the fur that somehow managed to get even on the clean clothes, we can’t help but enjoy those games almost as much as they do, and don’t mind the fur really. Hope your trip won’t keep the two of you apart for long.

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  6. Ennle Madresan says:

    Oh Sue…I’m so very sorry…terribly sad loss.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Sue I feel this too. The moment they are away we miss them terribly. We love our furry friends they are the extra child that never grows up or says mean things they love us unconditionally and we love them.
    She will be back soon after your trip and she will drive you mad within the fist half hour.πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  8. ksbeth says:

    we miss them even when it’s temporary, and are used to their presence for good and for bad both – you’ll soon be reunited

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  9. scifihammy says:

    The eyes in that first photo! πŸ˜€
    I understand all that your wrote so well. They are sorely missed even for a short time. Just think of the joy on your reunion. πŸ™‚

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  10. Sadje says:

    Aww, so sorry for your loss.


  11. jenanita01 says:

    “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” is only half right. Even if it’s only for a while, our hearts feel broken until they return…


  12. colonialist says:

    Perfectly expressed. Even the annoyances are thought about nostalgically when the pet is no longer around.


  13. chris jensen says:

    I’m not a dog lover, nonetheless this is a brilliant piece!



  14. quiall says:

    That will touch the heart of anyone separated from a loved one . . .


  15. No, say it isn’t so! The loss of a dog is always hard… it’s why even the boldest of souls must cry at Old Yeller.


  16. Woebegone but Hopeful says:

    Oh bless you both


  17. I know exactly what you mean Sue. I once cut a holiday short because I missed my dog so much!
    Maggie can be a pain, but she’s our pain and my baby. At night, she curls up beside me and is asleep in seconds, content and secure in her little world. I sleep better knowing she’s there too, so it’s not all one sided!


  18. Mary Smith says:

    You know she’ll have fun with her foster family and you’ll both be overjoyed when you return.


  19. noelleg44 says:

    I hate being away from Garfield, hair spreader that he is. I always look forward to coming home and spending time with him (I type this through hair on my keyboard!).


  20. Darlene says:

    I’d rather have a dog than a clean house, extra time to do what I want and more room in my bed. She will be back home soon and then you can complain about her, with love of course. Have a good trip. xo


  21. I have to admit with shamed face — I could miss mine for a couple of weeks right now, especially the triadic barking. Just the quiet. Especially knowing they were happy elsewhere for a little while. They have been particularly noisy lately and we sit silently waiting until they stop because we can’t hear anything when they bark. Are we bad parents?


  22. Enjoy your travels, Sue. You’ll be reunited soon and happily dealing with balls and dog hair and mud. ❀


  23. Widdershins says:

    Heavens to Murgatroid! My heart stopped there for a moment! … just as well it’s only a momentary separation. πŸ˜€


  24. Oh, for the love of our fur babies! Enjoy your time away…


  25. I get where you’re coming from, Sue. Our two only have to be down at the dog groomers for a few hours, and we miss them so much. When they come back home, you’d sware we’d all been parted for months.


  26. Eliza Waters says:

    So true! πŸ™‚


  27. dgkaye says:

    Aw, parting is always such sweet sorrow. ❀ You will have a lovely trip with your new shiny car and Ani will be there waiting when you return ❀


  28. Jennie says:

    Oh, No! 😒


  29. macjam47 says:

    Sue, I’m sure it was lonely while Ani was off on “vacation” but you were able to enjoy your travels knowing she was well taken care of and enjoying herself. There’s something to be said about crumbs on the floor and nose-prints on the windows. πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ’•


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Amazing how much of a difference that day without her made. Normally she goes the night before me… and I’m glad of the chance to tidy round and get packed. The extra day was way too quiet… πŸ˜‰ xx

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