The Small Dog’s Salad Days…

Let us talk about ears,

It’s a subject that’s sore,

And the two-legs gets cross

If I scratch with a paw

(Even though, I would say

That’s what paws are made for.)


Now, I have floppy ears

Which, as everyone knows,

(And especially dogs

Who have got two of those)

Tend to get a bit sticky

And trouble the nose.


So, the first time it happened

We went to the vet

And they stuck me with pins

Saying that’s the best bet.

(And, I’ll tell you, I haven’t

Forgiven her yet).


She decided we’d try it

Her own special way,

And she cleans them with

Natural stuff every day

(And I wonder what next

She will bring to the fray?)


We’ve tried all the flowers,

The leaves and the bark,

She’s made stuff from herbs

That we picked in the park.

(I’m still none too keen

On this ear washing lark.)


She’s gone with cucumber,

Which cools them down nice,

There’s garlic and oil

That’s she’s tried once or twice

And the vinegar worked

Pretty much in a trice.


“What next, oh wise two-legs,”

I take her to task,

‘Cause, what with the garlic,

She’ll need a gas mask.

“A vinaigrette dressing?”

(I thought I should ask).


I’m keeping my ears

To the ground while she plays,

(She has weird ideas

And some much weirder ways…)

It’s not how I thought

I’d spend my ‘salad days’!


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:

42 thoughts on “The Small Dog’s Salad Days…

  1. 50/50 white vinegar and water. The vet looked doubtful, but it seems to work as well as that stuff in a bottle she sold me. None of those pokey cotton-wool buds though.


  2. I learned a lot about ears today, Ani. I personally love garlic in salad dressing, but I guess your ears are a wee bit too close to your nose for that recipe.


  3. Sue: Pet’s ears can be a problem. Garfield mainly has hair problems, so he gets brushed twice a day- I have enough hair to make another cat.
    Ani: you do NOT want to get an ear infection. They hurt and can be even more painful to get rid of. And you do have such lovely ears – just right for rubbing and petting!

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  4. This is great! Humans have a thing about our ears, don’t they Ani. At least mine have’t tried any of the remedies like garlic and vinegar! I’ve got some juice in a bottle they squirt in. It’s cold but quite nice as it tickles. It’s the wiping out I don’t like. love Maggie xxx


      1. Luckily they’ve discovered it’s easier to squirt a pad and massage my ears with it rather than squirt me first and they all get a bit when I shake my head in disgust!! hehe. Vengeance is mine!!!


  5. Oh poor Ani,you’re an ongoing concern. Tell your 2 legses to use Oregano oil on your ears. It’s anti viral and anti bacterial. But sorry, you will still smell like a salad ❤


  6. Ani, I knows how you is feeling. My ears are the subject of much debate. I’ve had pills from the vet, ear cream too, but all it did was make it worse. Now when I shake my head my two legs are there, cloth in hand, or wet wipe in hand, which is nice, but my food has been changed at least twice, I wish I could help coz then I’d be left in peace, but till that day, solidarity with you my friend. Lots of paw love Dante the Dawg. xxx


  7. That is cute! I just finished my dogs ears when i read it. 😁 She was pretty un impressed with a saline rinse even though I used britta filtered water and Malden flaked sea salt. X


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