The Small Dog’s ‘Recipe’ for Chicken

“There are, you know, limits, O writer,” said I,

“To how long I’ll stay here to whimper and sigh.

Perhaps it’s the heat that been making me sicken…

But now I’m not well, you should feed me on chicken.”


“Oh Small Dog, you do not seem too ill to me,

You’ve barked at the horses, the birds in the tree,

You’ve warned off the postman delivering bills,

You seem quite alert, given all of your ills.”


“O writer, I think I’ve contracted a bug.

You know I was queasy, was sick on your rug.

I went ‘nil-by-mouth’ for the whole weekend too,

I’m curled up in bed and I’m feeling quite blue.”


“O Small Dog, you do look quite sad, I must say,

Though that didn’t stop the ball coming in play,

Nor did it prevent you from bounding about

Like some rabid canine each time we went out.”


“O writer, for all of the ills I endure

There’s one simple remedy, of that I’m sure…

A morsel of chicken, or if not, some cheese,

A sausage or two… and a slice of ham please…”


“Now, Small Dog, I’ll grant you that chicken’s okay

You’ve not really eaten a mouthful all day…

Apart from the treats and a gnaw on a chew…

Just give me a mo, I’ll see what I can do…”


That’s how I got chicken for breakfast and tea

A chicken she bought and cooked only for me.

For all young pups out there, a word to the wise…

They’ll do almost anything for puppy eyes.


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:

61 thoughts on “The Small Dog’s ‘Recipe’ for Chicken

  1. “Ani, oh Ani…
    you clever old thing –
    you’re wising up nicely
    for a cooked chicken’s wing.
    Facial expressions –
    you know, one and all…
    and in that department
    ‘she’s’ well in your thrall!”

    Love Joy x

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    1. Ani will do her best to share anything I eat… but she never steals… unless I leave the fridge open by accident 😉
      I won’t mention the Christmas turkey, the ham, or the cheese…though she did leave me her best tennis ball in the fridge in exchange 😉

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  2. Well done, Ani – result! As you say, it’s those gorgeous puppy eyes that are so irresistible. I hope you feel all better now, but don’t tell my cats how you got chicken – I’d never hear the end of it. 😉


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