The Small Dog on Guard…

I live with a cow-field just over the fence,
For a guard-dog that’s really no joke,
‘Cause a cow is a curious beastie, you see,
And they all have a thing about looking at me
And their heads through my hedges they poke.

So when it is cow-season and they come out,
I’m on duty from morning till night,
For a small dog a whole herd of cows is not fair
But this spring for some reason the cows are not there…
So I thought I’d have no-one to fight.

So, I’m minding my business out there by the fence
When another great beastie I spy…
My heart gave a lurch and it really was thumping,
As big as a cow, but it’s running and jumping,
And I’d swear that it thinks it can fly!

“No barking, my girlie,” she says straight away,
“Because horses get skittish, you know.”
No barking? Well, that is just making it harder…
And what am I supposed to do now to guard her?
Just sit here admiring the show?

I’m verbally muzzled and can’t say a word,
It’s frustrating, but what can I say?
Till an unlikely saviour in form of a cat
Wanders in… and she knows I’ll be barking at that
So a ruddy cat just made my day!


Published by 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:

49 thoughts on “The Small Dog on Guard…

    1. Not always! Some, when being milked, have to have their legs strapped so they don’t kick the milker. and have you ever been near a cow with a calf? Not to be recommended if you’re not the farmer whom the cow knows.


  1. I was puzzled when I saw the photo. I thought, ‘That’s not a cow, it’s a horse.’ Then I read on and all was revealed. Cows are friendly – well, they’re actually really nosy, so if you stand still and quiet at the fence they’ll come over to visit.


  2. Oh Ani! That horse is just curious – you know they are curious about everything! As for the cat, well, I’m glad there was something there you could bark it! I’m sure the horse would like to be your friend…


  3. Fun. Take care dear Ani. I came nose to snout with a horse when I was a pup and it almost blew me over. Luckily I was in my two legs arms. They have BIG brown eyes…………………… Maggie. ❤


      1. I was only tiny and apparently they had forgotten to introduce me to horses and trains. You can keep the trains, they terrified me in my socks, but horses aren’t too bad, or at least this one wasn’t and I was OK until it blew on me. Take care. XXX


  4. My small dog is staying up all hours to bark at folks walking at odd hours to enjoy the dawning spring weather – at the coyotes that once in awhile yip up north of town, at the cattle lowing northeast of us, at the feral cats that aren’t part of our ‘homeplace pack’ who think they can infringe upon hunting ground rights on the northwest corner of the property, waiting up for the man-child to arrive safely home/get settled in after a long, long day of work and around 3-4, she nestles down near my bed – and when I mumble ‘g’morning girl’ and stumble my way to the coffee pot around 5-6 am, she gets up, walks into kitchen and looks me over…as in “Are ya getting up to start heating coffee, before you sleep for awhile longer? Or DO I REALLY HAVE TO GET up and be back on duty, right now?” – sigh – sigh – sigh – I’ve told her she can nap longer, but no dealing with a herder – – LOL


  5. Oh, Ani, cows are really sweet animals once you get to know them. And that horse probably just wanted to introduce himself to you.
    I’d love to hear you sing with your two-legs.
    Love, hugs, and belly rubs.


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