Beauty and the Beast: Grooming the Small Dog…

I looked the small dog in the eye
And she looked back at me…
A more determined look, I think,
You would go far to see.

I’d only mentioned it was hot
And that she must concur
That summer is no time for dogs
To wear their winter fur.

“A bath would be a good idea.”
I spoke to empty air…
She was long gone and disappeared
To hide behind my chair.

I wheedled, pleaded and cajoled,
But would she come out? No.
She knew from past experience
That in the bath she’d go.

I tried to reason with her
Then gave in and tried a bribe…
She sat in silence, wary
And ignored the diatribe.

My blandishments fell on deaf ears,
She wouldn’t move at all…
Until my back was turned
And she went off to find her ball.

I found her brush, it’s almost new,
I’d bought it years ago
But she will never let me close
To where her feathers grow.

I cannot brush the dog at all,
In spite of arrant need,
Not even when I cheat a bit
And put her on the lead.

But this time, somehow something changed
She stood as still as death,
And while I brushed, she snuck in close
Till I could feel her breath.

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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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26 Responses to Beauty and the Beast: Grooming the Small Dog…

  1. Sadje says:

    Maybe she has realized the benefits of getting her hair brushed. 😍


  2. joylennick says:

    Loved it! Good girl Ani….I know virtual biscuits aren’t QUITE the same, but use your imagination! Love Joy x


  3. gdutta17 says:

    Could imagine the scene as I read your poem. Brought a smile. πŸ™‚


  4. What a lovely look at the trials of the humble dog bath. I love bathing Lucy dog. The only thing is I need a crane to lift her in the bath lol


  5. beth says:

    perhaps she felt it a good alternative to a bath, that you put you off of the idea just a bit longer


  6. scifihammy says:

    This is charming. πŸ˜€
    Not all dogs are easy to groom and those that need their hair constantly trimmed are the worst! πŸ™‚


  7. Jennie says:

    I can see it all unfolding!


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