Notes from a small dog: A catalogue of catastrophe…

It hasn’t been the best of weekends around here, I have to say. All this getting up too early and going to bed too late is not good for us four-legses for a start. Neither is being left behind when she goes out every morning.

I used to be able to go with her sometimes… before my boy’s garden gates stopped closing properly… then I didn’t have to sleep sit at home worrying while she was out, wondering if she would come back at all… I mean, she’s always come back so far. Never leaves me too long. But, you never know, do you? Once they are out of sight, anything could happen… and plenty of stuff has been happening around here!

For a start, my boy needed his garden fixing, so the new, heavy wheelchair he had to buy can be safe on the wood. Just a few bits to fix, they said… till they had a look and she started talking about needing to get a lottery, whatever that is. Then my boy phoned up to say he’d had a catastrophe… the kitchen cupboard had fallen down while he was in the living room, scaring him half to death. It hadn’t exactly dropped off the wall… most of the wall was still fastened to the cupboard. She thinks there is a leak up in his roof… and they’ll have to get some more lotterys or a genie, she says. They must be good, ’cause she says she wants one to give to her dentist too…

Meanwhile, I’ve got enough problems at home! I have to guard the house from the postman, the pigeons and from Upstairs Cat, who keeps watching me through the window, as well as keeping an eye on our poorly oto catfish. I thought it had died a couple of times, but it keeps coming back. I’m glad about that… I’d hate her to come home and findΒ  it gone. She says it is looking better… but I’m not so sure. That might be wishful thinking.

And she’s still getting uppity about the spring moult. Well, it’s not my fault… and I told her, I won’t feel better for a bath, whatever she says!

So,Β  as we’ve both been a bit stressed, I thought I’d save her one job at least. Instead of asking for a treat at snack time, I’d just go and get one for myself. Frankly, if she’s going to leave the last of the Mother’s Day chocolates in my treat cupboard, how am I to know they are not for me?

So I ended up in the doghouse again. Not that I have one. A doghouse, I mean. It might be nice, but I’m fine with my doorstep, even if some people are now insisting on calling it the Naughty Step…Β  And, if all that wasn’t enough for a small dog to cope with, I’ve suffered the ultimate betrayal this weekend. She came home smelling of cat.

Now, you have to understand, my boy has a lot of cats. None of them are ‘his’. In fact, most of them don’t have any two-legses of their own… or else they flit between homes… but they all come to be fed every day. That’s okay. I can cope with that… even though they are another reason I don’t get to go with her any more. It’s good that he looks after animals. But I can smell the difference between a part-time cat and one that thinks it owns somebody.

This one is different… I can tell by the way it has been weaving itself round her legs and rubbing its face on her feet. She says she just feels sorry for it, ’cause it just lives outside in my boy’s garden. It turned up around Christmas, so they called it Claus, ’cause its claws were too long. Its fur was all matted and it was really thin and scared. So, she started feeding it. Big mistake! And now, it thinks it owns my two-legs!

She says she’s not so much a cat-person, just a creature person. She doesn’t like to see things in trouble. She promises faithfully that she won’t be bringing it home with her and that I needn’t worry.

She says she still loves me, even if I did eat her chocolates… okay, and the biscuits.

Even so. I think I’ll be on my best behaviour this week… just in case.

If I can manage it…

Much love,

Ani xxx

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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79 Responses to Notes from a small dog: A catalogue of catastrophe…

  1. Hi Ani. Sounds stressful there. I hope the cat doesn’t try moving in. I know it’s real hard to be good. I mean, they have so many rules… Mummy says trying counts though. Lots of licks, Lilie

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  2. Ritu says:

    Definitely an eventful time!
    I can hop onto the wishing for a lottery win train too… Our bathroom door came off and the bottom of the frame is riddled with damp… An expensive thing to fix, but if we don’t, the house could become unstable!
    Poor Ani. I’m sure you’ll get your attention soon xx

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  3. Oh Sweetheart. Treats by proxy if you are allowed.


  4. Sue, I really like the idea of scarfing up a treat for oneself. Think I will make that a practice.

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    I am all for enjoying the biscuits, Ani, (I simply cannot keep my nose out of the biscuit tin!) but you really shouldn’t eat the chocolate! Sounds like your two legs needs a small miracle, don’t you have one lying around somewhere?


  6. Mary Smith says:

    Busy and stressful times, Ani. It’s odd how so many things seem to go wrong at the same time. I could do with a lottery to fix the damp problem we have. By the way, the cat who owns me looks exactly like that black cat who is training your two-legs.

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  7. Ennle Madresan says:

    Oh goodness, what a week we’re all having, it seems! ❀ That cupboard falling down would be really scary.


  8. ksbeth says:

    so much going on, no wonder about the chocolates…)


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  10. Anonymous says:

    Poor you, Ani, it’s a dog’s life. That cupboard falling down must have been really scary. I keep thinking my conservatory is going to fall down on me while I’m studying, too, so I know what it can be like. It’s massive and needs replacing but such is the poverty-stricken life of a student. Fingers crossed for that lucky lottery ticket. And I know what trouble black cats can be, I also have a black cat called Grendel who lives up to his name as a monster. They’re trouble – gorgeous, but trouble, so watch out. I hope your week improves, along with that of your lovely family. πŸ™‚


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thankfully, the cupboard wasn’t here.. it was at my boy’s house. I’d have had to go hide under her desk!
      As to the cats… it’s not the colour that worries me (apart from the fact that she seems to like my coat…) It’s the rest of them πŸ˜‰


  11. Violet Lentz says:

    Ani, I say a girl must find her fun where she can! Love hearing from you!


  12. fransiweinstein says:

    Oh dear! Ani does sound stressed πŸ˜ͺ Hope things go back to normal very soon.


  13. Be good, Ani! πŸ™‚


  14. Outrageous! If you let me know where that cat is, Ani, I’ll deal with it for you. Best wishes, Pearly Greyhound xx


  15. Adele Marie says:

    Oh, Ani, I feels for you. I have to deal with cats too. They think they can sneak into my garden and next door and get away with it. My two legs say I have to protect the little birdies, so I do and does Bently dawg next door. Also this time change is making me and my two legs confused, they sleep bad and if they do I do too. Much paw love from Dante Dawg. xxx


  16. Eliza Waters says:

    I hope things get sorted soon, it is always something, isn’t it?
    Had a good laugh over the kitty close up – such a funny photo!


  17. dgkaye says:

    Omg you’re too cute Ani! Thanks for the lowdown, you’re a great watch dog and cat sniffer. That photo of the cat with bulging eyes was hilarious! ❀ xx


  18. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Ani what a scary week, I bet you enjoyed the chocs … I am not allowed chocs. Keep well you can trust your two legs she is s real gooden as two legs go. I love cats but can understand that you are waryπŸ’œ


  19. Widdershins says:

    The kitty close-up is awesome. πŸ™‚ … Spring always seems to be the season of broken things – when we can least afford to fix them, le sigh … c’est la vie … hope there’s a not-too-expensive fix for Nick’s cupboard.


  20. I love it when all the kids have been out barking with frenzy and one of them (usually The Duke) runs in and looks at us, like “Hey, don’t you want to come out and bark with us?”

    So far, I haven’t but when the weather warms up … maybe I will.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      What I want to know is why, ‘Ready for dinner?’ translates as ‘go outside and bark at every blade of grass that moves while I get your dinner ready…’ πŸ˜‰


  21. Jennie says:

    Oh, Ani. You know she loves you best. Top dog is what they say, not top cat.


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  23. An enjoyable read, Sue. I love Ani’s stories. ❀


  24. Ani, you are the cutest dog ever. Time for a new book.


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