The Small Dog’s Remedy for Isolation Blues…

She says that it’s typical that I’ve stopped moulting,
No furballs and hair rolling black and revolting
Across her clean floors, floating into her dinner,
I thought she’d be pleased, being onto a winner.

She says it’s not fair that it’s so warm and sunny…
I know that she’s weird, but you know, it’s not funny,
‘Cause she isn’t happy to walk when it’s raining…
But now it’s all springtime and she’s still complaining!

She says that all winter I’ve been bringing mud in
(And other odd things that my paws may have stood in)
But barring occasional treats that I’m dropping,
The floors don’t need hoovering, let alone mopping!

She moans that it’s tidy, and no dust can settle,
And frankly, that’s putting me right on my mettle,
‘Cause if I’m behaving, and she’s got the blues…
Then what does a loyal small dog have to do?

She says it’s not my fault, but nobody’s calling,
That having it clean just for once is quite galling
And soon as our visitor’s coming again
She guarantees moulting and dusting and rain.

So as she looked sad, I could see I’d been shirking
My duty, so soon as she left, I got working,
I pulled down the cushions, got toys out and threw them,
Destuffing a couple so that I could chew them.

So, when she came home, she had oodles of cleaning,
I felt that I’d given her day back some meaning!
“Oh, Small Dog,” she whispered, “Just look at this mess!”
And I looked with some pride I will have to confess.

But somehow my efforts, it seemed, didn’t please here,
I’m sure that she thought I had done it to tease her,
There’s no pleasing two-legses sometimes at all…
So I may as well just stick to chasing my ball.

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:

44 thoughts on “The Small Dog’s Remedy for Isolation Blues…

  1. What can I say Ani? Twolegs are not at all like us! My two are worse than normal at the moment. Personally I think you did a grand job. Love Ruby πŸ’œπŸ˜πŸ’œπŸ˜


  2. Ani, what a nice treat for your two-legged. I NEVER stop molting, and she or her friend have to vacuum almost every day to get all the long orange fluff picked up. You should see the bed – I love to shed there and roll around all night. That keeps her busy! I’m glad you found something to keep her occupied.
    Your friend, Garfield


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