Notes from a small dog: On guard…

She’s busy. Last time there were this many boxes, I went to my friends’ for a few days and came back to a new house! She promises that won’t happen this time, though she says I’ll be off to see my friends next week sometime. Even so, I’m keeping a close eye on things…

For a start, there have been lots more birds about and, you know, keeping them all off the roof is no easy task! ‘Specially since the big black things moved in. And the robin that just cocks its head and looks at me, no matter what I say!

There, there have been two-legses in my field. Now, she says that’s not true… that the fence in between the field and my garden is there because it isn’t mine. But I still have to guard it. There’s foxes and owls and rabbits and stuff. And, while she says she’d be fine having those in her garden, I know what happens if I take my eye off that field in spring. Cows.

She says she likes the cows. Would she be happy with a cow looking through her bedroom window one morning though? I think not.

And then, when the cows come, the flies do too. An she really doesn’t like those. So, I’m keeping guard.

I like to sit on the doorstep and watch the field, but when it gets a bit chilly and she starts going blue, she makes me come in and shuts the door. That’s not great most of the time, but not so bad when I’m on cow-duty, ’cause I can get up on the sofa to watch and see through the bushes better. No sign of them yet, but I know the two-legses are getting the field ready for them. You watch, I’ll have a quick snooze one of these days and they’ll be there when I wake up.

She says she appreciates my efforts, but that I’m being silly. That we can all share the space and that the grass is green on both sides of the fence. Fine words from a two-legs who is stocking up on fly papers…

She frustrates me sometimes, she really does.

At present, she’s no fun at all. I even have to take drastic measures to remind her to play with me. If there is one thing I know will always get her attention it is the tap dancing. If I tap dance with my claws on her wooden floors, she says she can’t concentrate. So I dance on the spot… and sometimes I sing at her too… she has to turn around then to talk to me… and I’m ready with a toy to shove in her hand.

This isn’t about me, you know. She needs to play. Needs to get a bit of exercise and get away from boxes and screens. The ‘mad dog’ act will usually get her moving.

Speaking of which, she’s been busy long enough. Maybe I can get her to take me for another walk?

Worth a try!

Much love,

Ani xx

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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87 Responses to Notes from a small dog: On guard…

  1. El Rolyat says:

    I loved reading this! I can just about hear the same complaints coming from my own furry four-legged friend.

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  2. Hi Ani. Sounds like you’re working hard looking out for her. Also, you’re right about needing to make sure she gets her exercise. That’s my main job at the moment. Now she’s not broken any more, I have to make sure she gets up from the computer regularly. Can’t have her neglecting her exercise and getting all broken again, right? Lots of licks, Lilie

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  3. ksbeth says:

    ani, your job is never done it seems…

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    You are such a good friend, Ani. Good to know you are keeping an eye on Sue, for I know only too well what happens when we don’t move around much… Keep up the good work!

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  5. Ritu says:

    Oh Ani, you really care for her, don’t you ❀️

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  6. Sadje says:

    I love how concerned you are for β€œ her”.

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  7. This is a hard working dog’

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Ani, my two legs is acting up a bit too, she has been round to her sisters to make a gown / robe thingy what ever that is! She has her nose glued to my dad’s tablet keeps saying I need to read this again. She is so excited about something…there are no boxes but there is stuff do you think they are doing something together? Can we trust them I wonder. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  9. I’m sure all your efforts are appreciated, Ani. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  10. I have some friends who are buying a ‘mini cow’ (which I, personally, think sounds like they’re getting scammed and paying extra for a regular cow). It seems like rough business, and I would not suggest it! Keep your two-legs safe from the moo-moos, Ani!

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  11. noelleg44 says:

    Ani, you are the perfect dog – guarding and taking care of your two-legged. I’m not sure if I would like cows peering over my fence, but they are curious, you know. I think they get bored all day in the field and you provide them with some entertainment!

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  12. bobcabkings says:

    Ani, I have to agree that she would not at all like having cows in the garden. I lived for a while in a house next to a field with cows (and some horses). They were no real trouble, but when they had babies, they did not like two-legs (or, dogs) in their field.

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  13. joylennick says:

    Hi Ani, What a good guardian of Sue you are. I know….what it’s like to sit too long at a computer! Good for you encouraging her to exercise more. Keep up the good work, Consider yourself petted! x

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  14. Jennie says:

    Ooo… the mad dog act sounds promising, Ani.

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  15. Adele Marie says:

    Hi Ani, my friend. I knows about guarding and the “don’t be silly” phrase thingy the two legs say. Today I knew there was a bad energy passing the house so I barked, a big dog bark and my two legs jumped their bodies and said, “oh Dante you gave us a fright.” huh, if the bad energy man came in the garden they’d have got a bigger fright. much paw love, Dante dawg. xxx

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  16. A very nice story! πŸ˜‰ Ani, whats about emigrating to Bavaria, before Brexit? Here the christian-social party as black as your fur will love you, and take you as an mascot. Lol Best wishes for the coming days! Michael

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  17. Awww, I loved reading this! πŸ™‚ xxx

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  18. dgkaye says:

    Oh Ani, you’re a breath of fresh air, lol. I didn’t know you were so talented and now you’re tap dancing! Maybe you could get 2 Legses to do a few moves with you? Keep on guard, you’re doing a fab job. ❀ xx

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  19. Hope you got your walk and some play time Ani.

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  20. Eliza Waters says:

    You definitely have your work cut out for you, Ani. I hope she appreciates all that you are trying to do while she spends HOURS clacking on that screen-thingy. πŸ˜‰ You’re right to ask for another piece of cheese, well-deserved!

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  21. I can deal with the dance, but the barking makes me do something.

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  22. Cows aren’t so bad, Ani, and usually, they’re friendly. My dog Lulu tap dances and sings too! We give her cheese or bologna for the performance. She has us well-trained. Happy Spring!

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  23. Widdershins says:

    The ‘mad dog’ dance would probably work on most canine staff-persons, I suspect. πŸ˜€

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  24. I love when Ani takes over the blog! She tells such fascinating stories…about you! ❀

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  25. Lyn Horner says:

    Ani, you are such a dedicated guard. Keep sharp and protect your two-legs and your garden.

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  26. I do understand Ani’s point of view, Sue. We all need distractions from work. Happy Easter.

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