The Small Dog and the Visitor

“Oh, writer, you had better come,”
The Small Dog whispered low,
“There’s something going on out there,
I think you ought to know.”

She sounded quite unhappy,
“…Be as quiet as a mouse,
We’ve got prospective tenants
Looking at the birdie house.”

I thought she’d seen a sparrow
Or the robin’s glowing breast,
“This thing’s a little bigger.
Maybe too big for the nest…”

I carried on composing.
“Writer, better come right now…
It’s gonna eat the nest-box
‘Cause we’ve got ourselves a cow.”

“It’s stolen half the bushes
Now it’s started on the box.
Oh writer, don’t they feed it?
‘Cause it’s hungry as a fox!”

I went and looked and sure enough
It wasn’t just a bird
“Would you just like to nip outside
And maybe have a word?”

I couldn’t understand quite why
The Small Dog was upset,
The cows are often at the fence,
They’ve been no problem yet.

“But writer,” she explained at last,
“I’m just about to eat,
And they are eating everything!
And what if cows like meat?

I’m just a little canine
Of diminuitive size…
You seen the predatory look
That cow’s got in its eyes?”

I had to reassure her
That the cow’s a herbivore
And that she needn’t fear
The hungry bovine any more.

“Come on, I’ll get your dinner.”
She looked, pensive, at the thief.
“Okay, but make it chicken,
‘Cause I think I’ve gone off beef…”

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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88 Responses to The Small Dog and the Visitor

  1. Ha! Poor little dog. Shaken and stirred to write.

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  2. Poor old Ani, Sue. I don’t think our cats would take to cows either and my boys certainly didn’t when we saw some.

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  3. Ritu says:

    Aw, bless you, Ani πŸ₯°


  4. Sadje says:

    It looks quite harmless. Hoe she is easy now!


  5. barbtaub says:

    Peri says she agrees with Ani. The boss cow in the meadow on our walks has been known to chase small dogs away. When that happens, Peri doesn’t stop to inquire about the cows’ dietary preferences.

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  6. Daniel Kemp says:

    Reblogged this on The Words of Daniel Kemp and commented:
    A wonderful poem that made me laugh.


  7. jenanita01 says:

    There does seem to be a hungry glint in that cows eyes…


  8. Darlene says:

    I wonder how Dot would react to cow. She is a bit of a scary dog so she probably would hide behind my skirts.


  9. Darlene says:

    I meant scardy dog. (As in scardy cat but we can’t say that)

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  10. joylennick says:

    Ani was right to feel threatened – she was so much bigger to start with… Quite delightful, Sue. Really funny. x


  11. Wonderful! Hope Ani got her dinner OK, bless her.


  12. Excellent! I like the intrigue and the dialog between dog and writer. Nicely done. Thanks, I thoroughly enjoyed this Sue.


  13. quiall says:

    hahaha . I would have loved to see that!


  14. bobcabkings says:

    So many things for a small dog to worry about. I’m sure some chicken (maybe a bit of cheese too, unless she knows it comes from cows) soothed her worries.


  15. Bravo, Sue!!! This was spectacular! The story and poem all mixed together with such adorable pictures. You did awesome!!! πŸ˜‚ 🀣


  16. noelleg44 says:

    What a charming neighbor! I hope they become friends, now that you’ve told her cows are herbivores. I can see Chick-Fil-A got its slogan from Ani: Eat more Chiken!


  17. Violet Lentz says:

    I should think Ani would take pleasure in beef eating.. Kind of like slimming down the competition…


  18. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    It always makes my day when Ani incites (inspires) Sue Vincent to create verse…and this is no exception.. please head over to enjoy…

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  19. Margo says:



  20. Adorable, Sue! Made me smle! πŸ™‚


  21. dgkaye says:

    Lol Ani on patrol! So funny! πŸ™‚ xx


  22. What a wonderful companion and a lovely and funny poem! Just shared it.


  23. willowdot21 says:

    That’s so Ani πŸ’œ


  24. Eliza Waters says:

    πŸ˜€ You are SO good at this, Sue! That Small Dog is hilarious!


  25. Poor Ani, you sound like old Winston (Churchill). Take an example of HRH, or do it like her mother, and treat yourself from time to time with some “spiritual” in small glasses. πŸ˜‰ Best wishes, Michael


  26. Widdershins says:

    ‘…β€˜Cause we’ve got ourselves a cow.”…’ So many visuals wrapped up in just this one line. πŸ˜€


  27. The last time I let one of my dogs run with the cows, she decided to not be a Norwich Terrier but to be, instead, a cattle dog. She wasn’t half bad, either.


  28. Jennie says:

    Delightful, Sue and Ani.


  29. I took great delight in reading this whimsical poem!!


  30. Denis1950 says:

    I am enjoying your ballads to a small dog Sue. Do you sing them to Ani at night?


  31. macjam47 says:

    This is so funny! Poor Ani, she has no need to worry. Hugs.


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