The Small Dog Shows Support…

Some people need to learn to sleep,

Adjust their body clock,

Not keep a guard dog wide awake…

It sends the job acock


She spends her evening counting sheep,

Her nights at half-awake,

I spend my time in dreams of sleep

And wish her count would break.


She says it’s not her choice at all,

She’ll do her best with trying,

That it’s not ’cause she’s being mean

That she is not complying.


“‘ll tell you what, my girlie,

Let’s see if some little changes

To our routine might tip the scale

…I’ll just go and arrange it.”


I’m down with that, a change or two

May be what’s really needed…

I gave her my agreement…

She looked pleased that I conceded.


“Well, for a start, O Small Dog,”

She comes back with smug expression,

“As everything now must be clean

You’ll bow to my obsession…


The boys are going to bathe you,

Trim your ears and clip your toe hair…”

“They’ll have to catch me first then,

Or this shearing’s going nowhere!”


“It’s not just you, my girlie,”

Says she looking rather flustered,

My hair is coming off as well,

It doesn’t cut the mustard.


“You’re only moulting normal

As a small dog really should…

I’m losing mine by handfulls

So, I’ll shear me now for good.”


I didn’t really have a choice,

If her hair comes off early,

Before the chemo takes its toll

Upon the short and curly…


And so I let them bathe me,

Just to show her some support,

Although I make them work a bit

And have a bit of sport.


The bathroom is now flooded,

And the walls and tiles are wet…

The boys are both anointed

With the bath and better yet…


The two of them are dripping

While she’s laughing at the sight…

That sort of makes it worth it…

And the morning went alright.


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:

72 thoughts on “The Small Dog Shows Support…

  1. I see they’re ganging up on you, Ani, but it’s all in a good cause. At least you get to keep most of your hair, and I’m sure you look fabulous! Hold down the fort girlie – your human need all your love right now. Hugs to both of you.

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  2. Ani, I’m sure you are keeping your two-legged amused and good on you for submitting to the much-dreaded bath. You do look lovely after a bath! Keep on supporting her – I lvoe that you are molting too!


  3. Ha, you got the bath ritual down right and soaked the bathers. That’s how you do it. But, praise to you, my friend, for supporting your two legs. All my paw love to you both, Dante the Dawg. xxx


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