Notes from a small dog: ‘A tragedie… ‘

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
I wait to see her face from day to day,
No chicken bits throughout this endless time;
She left me yesterday, an errant fool,
To drive the dusty road. Out, out, short two-legs!
And me? a walking shadow, a poor small dog,
Who tuts and frets while she goes on her way,
My name is called no more. I wag my tail
And feel an idiot, out of bounds and furry,
Signifying nothing.”

Not exactly William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, I know, but as she’s driving up there to Macbeth country for a workshop, I felt a bit of appropriate tragedy was in order.

Me? I’m with my friends again while she’s gallivanting. I’ll be well looked after and have fun…but you needn’t tell her that, not when I could have been sharing smelly beaches with Peri, who looks after Barb Taub… or running through empty hills. I might even have met Dante, who looks after Adele… but no. I get to stay home.


Not fair.

Mind you, she did say she’d try to bring me a wild haggis home. I’m not sure what they taste like, but she says they have one leg shorter than the other… and I hope that doesn’t mean they have only one drumstick to nibble…

Anyway, as she’s not around, I think I will go and play mope in a corner.

She’s going to be ages yet… even though she says it is only a few days…

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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68 Responses to Notes from a small dog: ‘A tragedie… ‘

  1. That was pretty good Shaxpur! I’m impressed. I especially liked.

    “And feel an idiot, out of bounds and furry,
    Signifying nothing.”

    Out of bounds and furry. I may need to use that line. It’s just too good to use only once!

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  2. Sadje says:

    Aww, don’t worry Ani, she will be back soon.

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  3. Ritu says:

    Oh, Ani… If you were closer, I’d come and feed you chicken bits. Sonu Singh is partial to them too 😍

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  4. mbrazfieldm says:


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  5. I’m sorry she went away again. I hate when they do that. Hope the haggis thing is worth the time without her. Lots of licks, Lilie

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  6. ksbeth says:

    hope the haggis helps )

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  7. scifihammy says:

    Oh my! The depth of sadness in those soulful eyes! 😀
    A good Shakespearean effort! And cheer up Ani, she’ll be back before you know it! 😀

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  8. Oh Ani, I quite understand your misery. I’d very much like to be in Scotland with your mum too ❤

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  9. Jennie says:

    Awww… poor Ani. When she returns there will be plenty of treats and ball throwing.

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  10. noelleg44 says:

    Aw, Ani, if you lived closer you could come stay with us, chase Garfield around and swim in our pool. And take nice walks in the woods. In the meantime, enjoy being with your friends and then give your two-legged what for when she comes home!!

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  11. Violet Lentz says:

    Awwww poor Ani. You can come stay with me while she’s out.

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  12. Good luck, Ani! Keep the house safe from those nasty mailcarriers!

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  13. jenanita01 says:

    Poor Anni, so sad that you miss your two legs so much, but your wait is almost over!

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  14. V.M.Sang says:

    Poor little Ani. All alone again. I love the Shakespeare, though. You should do more of it. Perhaps we’ll see you as Macbeth in a doggy version of the play. Or would you prefer to be Hamlet or Othello?

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  15. Adele Marie says:

    Aw, Ani, I would have loved to have met you, we would play on beaches and chase waves together, we will some day. Much paw love, Dante dawg. xxx

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  16. Hi Ani. Maggie here. Your two legs will be back before you know it. Treats of wild haggis eh? Lucky you. I had some chicken yesterday, and pie. Best bit is the new meat stuff being put in my dish for me to take my meds. hehe. Spoilt rotten ❤ ❤

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  17. Darlene says:

    Poor Ani. My folks went away and booked me into a pet hotel. Sure there was a pool, big comfy sofas and even a widescreen TV with lots of other dogs to play with. But I still think they could have taken me along. They said I was a pampered pooch. They better take me along next time. I can’t be bought. Bow wow, Dot

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Hang in there, Ani. She’ll be back soon, hopefully with a treat!

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  19. Widdershins says:

    C’est tragique …. le sigh.

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  20. dgkaye says:

    Ani, you’re too precious. Sorry I live so far, I have half a leftover chicken in my fridge right now that I’d gladly share with you. Don’t fret, mommy will be home soon enough ❤


  21. Ani, the best poetic dog every. Such a mournful expression she has in the picture.

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  22. macjam47 says:

    Awwww, poor Ani. She’ll be back before you know it. Have fun with your friends. BTW – I loved your poem. 💕🤗💕 Love, hugs, and a belly rub. I hope you like belly rubs. My granddog loves belly rubs.

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  23. willowdot21 says:

    Bless Ani she really needs a break 💜💜💜

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