The Small Dog and the Hoover-Monster

She says that I am an unfortunate pup,

I shed loads of hair that she has to clean up;

When it’s summer the finest fur next to my skin

Makes its way to the floor so my top coat is thin.


Now, myself, I think that is a perfect design…

The fine stuff’s discarded, the top coat can shine,

She helps it along as she combs me each day…

Then I can go out, either sunbathe or play.


But she’s none too happy, and curses instead,

And says she could make up her own ‘feather’ bed

With the hair she removes from my coat and the floor

When she’s just hoovered up and she says, “Small Dog…more?”


It comes out in handfuls, she’s filled up the bin,

As if Nature’s management style is a sin,

I really can’t help it, it’s just how I’m made

That turns carpets hairy wherever I’ve laid.


So morning and night she will Hoover the hair,

And sweep in between with meticulous care,

And then turn around, see a new hairy trail

That’s wafting in furballs as I wag my tail.


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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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36 Responses to The Small Dog and the Hoover-Monster

  1. A poem about shedding hair…it is excellent!


  2. I can certainly relate to this! Nelly the Newfoundland sheds a vast amount of hair, especially in summer. Between sweeping and vacuuming sessions, I’m always picking up furballs. I tell myself it’s a way of getting exercise. That’s such a cute photo of Ani!


  3. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Ani, I totally agree with you I have the same exemplary scheme of nature built-in for hair removal. These daft two legs are welcome bro hoover and sweep as much as they like we will continue as it is what we do. No as to using the hoombag on you well that’s beyond the pale. The thing is they just don’t see things logically like we do. Nature knows best we accept that they don’t! No I agree it would serve them right if we packed up and left but how would the tennis balls cope? Patience might be the best course they are only human and so leaway must be given. Stay with your two legs she needs you… And spare the revered tennis balls any stress. You know it makes sense. Lots of love RubyπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ


  4. Sadje says:

    The trouble is worth it because she loved you Ani.

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  5. Baydreamer says:

    Very cute, Sue, and I can relate having a chocolate lab that sheds and drools. πŸ™‚
    Cheers to hoovering! Lauren

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  6. Darlene says:

    I lose a lot of hair in the hot summer too. ItΒ΄s just that mom canΒ΄t see my white hair on her marble floors. When she sweeps it all up she says she could make another dog out of it! The less hair on our bodies in the summer, the better. Sniffs, Dot!

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  7. Intentergy says:

    SO. MUCH. HAIR. A dog owner’s reality. Thank you for the beautiful perspective on this pet problem.
    – Melanie A. Peters from

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  8. Jennie says:

    Poor Ani, this must be terrible in the summer.

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  10. Sukanya says:

    Excellent poem it is πŸ‘πŸ‘ πŸ™‚ . It’s really a cute dog 😍

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Ananda says:

    Your dog’s wisdom and simplicity have found a voice in you

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Geri Lawhon says:

    Excellent poem and the reason I have a Bichon. Thanks for the laughs

    Liked by 1 person

  13. EM says:

    Love this haha! I have a black lab that sheds like crazy and everyone jokes about being surprised that he still has hair. He sheds if you even look at him lol

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