The Small Dog’s Secret Teacher…

Well, it has not been a great week, what with the sky crying even more than she has…and she has been getting just a bit soggy around the edges, I have to say. Weirdly, I seem to set her off more than most things at the moment. She says…’cause I overheard her talking… that it is because she thinks I “must know” and she can’t help me understand better.

Well, clever-two-legsy-writer-person, I have news for you. If I already know, I don’t need it explaining, now do I? Hrmph! Honestly, that’s two-legses all over for you. Four legses don’t complicate stuff that much.

Which is how come I know anyway… whatever there is to know at the moment. Which is not, whatever she thinks, about what is going on with her dodgy mechanical bits… but all about how she needs to be looked after.  I had a visitor. Now, I wasn’t surprised, ’cause she’s been thinking about my visitor a lot, so she was almost bound to turn up… I was just surprised she saw her too. That doesn’t usually happen. Must be all the pill thingys.

When she can’t sleep at night any more, she comes on to my sofa. And, of course, I hop right up there with her to keep my head on her toes. She sighs and snuggles, but I got the feeling I was missing something. Then my visitor came and explained… she was the Dog that Went Before… and she had a special way of cuddling in behind her knees on the sofa. ‘Pparently, the two-legs loved it and slept like a baby when she got cuddled like that.

So the Dog that Went Before came round an explained… and that night, when she came through and flopped in a soggy heap on the sofa, I snuggled in behind her knees… and lo and behold, she smiled and went to sleep! So I’ve been doing it ever since.

The only glitch was, as I said, that she seems to have seen my visitor too. Even called her by name as she was showing me the best technique for snaffling unclaimed sandwiches…

“There are two black dogs in here…” Must be the morphine… “…and I know them both. Hello, Echo…” So, I had a bit of help from her Laughing Girl… and it was nice to see her smile in the night too, but a bit unnerving that she saw her… makes me wonder just what else she has seen that she wasn’t supposed to see 😉

Never mind, though… one more dog around here would be no bad thing 😉

Much love,

Ani xxx




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:

85 thoughts on “The Small Dog’s Secret Teacher…

  1. The veil around your two-legged is going to be very thin from now on, eh, Ani? and we know it’s not the morphine at all. That’s what two-leggeds have to tell other two-leggeds who don’t understand about veils, and endings and beginnings, and Journeys.. and it’s a good thing she has you to welcome the visitors who ought to be visiting and telling off the ones who ought to be waiting for her to visit them.

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  2. That’s great News Ani I am so proud of you doing such a great job. Thank goodness Echo popped in to help. I think it’s lovely she saw her two. Let’s face it she is a very special two legs 💜 love Ruby💜💜


  3. A very sweet post, Sue. Are you on long term morphine? I had it when I fractured my pelvic bone 20 years ago but only for three days. That was the longest they would give me because it’s addictive after that [apparently].

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  4. <Hi Ani,

    What a treasure you are to your unwell two legs. Snuggle up and keep her safe and warm. Behave and I'm sure she'll reward you with even more loving, and maybe the odd bit of chicken…. Love and virtual strokes, Joy x

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      1. I know this is going to sound kind of…silly, and the rational part of my brain knows it’s just wish fulfilment, but after I lose one of my special little friends, they come back to me in dreams. As if to let me know they’re okay.


        1. Not silly at all. Mine have been around all my life… I doo not think that love ever dies or leaves us entirely. And it is never wasted or lost.And our furry friends are love incarnate… where else would they be but with those they love? xx

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          1. When you put it that way, it makes perfect sense. I planted roses over all of them and those roses have gone everywhere with me for over 30 years. I haven’t forgotten any of them. -hugs-


  5. It´s always nice to have help from someone else who loves her as much as you do. Keep her warm and loved Ani. A dog is a human´s best friend I´ve heard them say. Love, Dot. xo


  6. I am so glad you could help her, Ani. And with Echo coming to see her, I’m sure you will both help her as much as you can.
    Keep on with the snuggling. I’m sure t hat’s the best help she can get.


  7. Ohh Ani, what a buddy you are and how wonderful that Echo came in with loving hints and tips to help you both cope with the changes flowing through. Loved ones in spirit are always close by. ❤ Ani ❤ ❤ Sue ❤


  8. Ani – never pass up help that arrives – no matter whether two-leggeds are supposed to know or not – I figure, love crosses all boundaries of space and time, and well… all got the ‘get some rest’ job done for the two-legged and you got some back up – take care, Ani – sounds like you are holding the line on many fronts, just now – 😀


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