Notes from a Small Dog ~ The benefits of lockdown?

I don’t think she’s well. She’s cleaning stuff. Big time.

I mean, not her usual whip round with the feather duster and terrorising me with the hoover monster. Oh no, that I could cope with. Well, okay, apart from the hoover-monster. I have to protect my bed when she gets that out.

No… she’s washing stuff. And I mean, everything. I even caught her eyeing up my toys…

And it all smells weird.

She pulled up my favourite rug and now it smells of flowery stuff. Took the curtains down and now they smell the same. She’s washed the windows and started on the walls… muttering all the while about how I manage to get paw prints up them. Well if she will hang my leash up by the door, what does she expect?

There’s stuff flying out of cupboards, furniture getting moved. All the spiders are homeless since she took their webs down.

She’s even washed my sofa!

Doesn’t she understand what she is doing to my comfort zone? Or how important smells are to dogs? Just when I’d got it how I like it too…

Spring cleaning, she calls it…

…more like kennel fever, methinks.

Don’t get me wrong, she does do housework the rest of the time.. just not this much all in one go. And she’s been at it for ages… everywhere I try to hide, it is ‘”Out of there, girlie…” And every time I find something interesting to sniff, she shoves it in the washing machine.

And that worries me. I wonder what she’s going to wash next. Or who

’Cause, when we had a cuddle, she said I smelled like a hamster. No, I tells her. I smell like a dog. A perfeckly natural smell. Better than smelling like a primrose anyway. So, I’ve been making myself scarce in case she gets any ideas about, you know, baths

Is this any way to treat your best friend?

But she says I’m safe… for now. ‘Cause ‘pparently, it takes two two-legses to bath one four-legs that wriggles like it has eight legs. And no-one can come to help until the lockdown is over. See, I knew there would be something good come out of keeping her penned up!

She just growls and looks for more stuff to wash.

So maybe I’ll make myself scarce for a bit.

Much love, Ani xxx

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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:

53 thoughts on “Notes from a Small Dog ~ The benefits of lockdown?

  1. Ani I really enjoy reading your blog , this lockdown thingy is making them all stranger than they normally are. …just keep out of her way is my advice… no one with water and a cloth! Love Ruby 💜💜💜


  2. My human mom is a neat freak too and I even got a bath, Darn, and just when I was starting to smell just right too. Now I´ll have to go and roll in stuff again to get that smell back. Hang in there Ani. Your friend, Dot the dog.


  3. Personally, I like baths. Though I do wish they wouldn’t use that flowery stuff on me. See, I love water, and can’t resist when they fill the tub just for me – my brother’s the same – but it takes me ages to get to smelling right again when they use the flowery stuff. I like it best when they just let me play in the water without doing that stuff, which they sometimes do, especially on hot days. At least when they do that I smell like a proper dog afterwards. Lots of licks, Lilie


  4. There are no words more terrifying to small children and small dogs than “Spring Cleaning”! (except maybe “Bath”). Hang in there Ani. I will say a prayer for you.


  5. This is what happens in a lockdown, Ani. I have two two-leggeds and they are acting funny too. One is outside working on the yard every day and the other one, the one I like to cuddle with, is busy cleaning off shelves and throwing things out. I do hope this doesn’t last much longer – I’m terrified she want to wash my beautiful long haired self! Take care! Garfield


  6. Never mind, Ani. The normal smells will come back shortly. Just have patience. She’ll get to the end eventually. Ther’ll be nothing left to wash! 😄😄


  7. I don’t think Ani and Lady should meet, or Ani will start smelling of dead something. Lady has quite a knack for smearing dead animals deep into her coat. Our dogs have certainly appreciated lock down. They’ve had all four ball and stick throwers at home and have been out for more walks. The only down side was when my husband decided to did up the backyard and he put in these underground paver things to stop the dogs from digging up the backyard. We now have a wonderful patch of green grass out there for the first time in years. Renovations will soon be starting on the house when we start replacing the floor boards in a week or so. My husband bought some at auction, which had been on a movie set. This is going to be a major upheaval but can’t wait til it’s done.
    Best wishes,


    1. Ani is not enjoying lockdown at all. Her favourite walks are all through farmland and are now out of bounds. And she can’t see any of her people either. So neither she nor I are happy about that .

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      1. That’s annoying. This situation is affecting people in all sorts of different ways. I tend to feel it’s hitting people living alone harder, but my heart goes out to parents with young kids where they’re having to do their school work with them while trying to work from home, the parks are closed and I remember times of climbing the walls when things were normal.
        I’ve been very grateful that our local beach has remained open. It’s been a real Godsend even on the days I don’t go down. Knowing it’s there is a relief as well.


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