The small dog and the song of ‘hey…er, what the?’

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By the door an itchy small dog

Waits for access to the garden

Needs the cool of morning dewdrops

To appease the summer stifle

Bounds outside into the silence

Long before the birds have woken

Spots a space invader soaring

And the soundless dawn is broken

There above her guarded garden

Floating free a lone balloonist

Low and red above the treetops

Where the view should be unbroken

Dog offended by intrusion

Must defend her chosen air-space

Human counterpart goes diving

To begin the daily dog chase

“Shush, it’s early, folks are sleeping,

They don’t want to hear you barking!”

Dog escapes, growls impolitely

Disapproving of sky-larking.

Time to use the secret weapon

Offer treats, but unavailing,

Small dog still is on the warpath

And my options now are failing.

Wish for clouds or morning breezes

To disperse the sailing culprit,

Curtains twitch, I’m thinking, ‘oh sh…’

Neighbours will soon be complaining.

No time left for canine nonsense

Something must be managed quickly,

I’m not up to playing dog-chase,

Feeling rough and feeling sickly.

Only direst threats remaining

That might quell the bounding puppy,

One word just might stop her shouting

If she hears me…and I’m lucky.

“In! Or else I’ll clean your ears!”

Small dog quickly disappears…

With apologies to Longfellow (and the neighbours…)

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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47 Responses to The small dog and the song of ‘hey…er, what the?’

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Lol absolutely great. You know Ani to a T.!! 💜💜

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  2. bobcabkings says:

    Having read Ani’s opinion of ear cleaning and baths, it is easy to understand what a dire threat that was. She does take her guardian job very seriously.


  3. Sweet Ani. Maggie doesn’t like having her ears cleaned either.

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  4. Ritu says:

    Lol! 🥰


  5. Ah. JUST like Gibbs. A threat to clean his ears is THE WORST threat in the world. Cleaning his eyes is the second worst. He hates having parts of his body messed with!

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  6. jenanita01 says:

    Not sure how close the balloonist was, but it must have seemed scary to Ani…


  7. The sentiment and metre are just right, I’m sure Longfellow would be proud


  8. Violet Lentz says:

    Oh Ani! She’s such a sp’ear’ited girl!!!


  9. Widdershins says:

    Heh, heh, heh … the ultimate threat! 😀


  10. Jennie says:

    This is delightful! Oh, Ani….


  11. What a great poem, Sue. Hugs to Ani.


  12. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    An Ode from Sue Vincent…shenanigans before dawn involving the small black dog with attitude… be easier herding cats… lovely and entertaining.

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  13. Hilarious Sue.. and have had my early morning escapades too… usually caused by squirrels bombarding their nemesis as he went out for his early morning pee in the garden.. only to wake every other dog up in the valley… xxxx


  14. joylennick says:

    Who’d be a dog, eh….Dear little Ani! xx


  15. Sue, this is priceless!


  16. dgkaye says:

    Lol Sue, despite Ani mostly getting her wishes, she still responds to threats. 🙂 ❤


  17. Sue that photo and your poem! What a character Ani is 🙂


  18. Lyn Horner says:

    Grinning here, not sure who to sympathize with, Ani or Sue. I mean cute doggie was just doing her guard dog job, defending her space. While Sue was trying to stop her precious companion from disturbing the peace and possibly anger her neighbors. So, who’s in the right here? I really can’t decide, but I can enjoy chuckling at the situation. LOL


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