The Small Dog’s On Guard

I may be in the doghouse

‘Cause she couldn’t sleep in bed

So sheΒ  curled up on the sofa…

Where I dug her up instead

(Because I had to check her

Just in case she might be dead.)


“Oh, Small Dog, you are rotten

Thus to wake me from my sleep.

When dreams had just enmeshed me

And my slumber was so deep.”

“Well, writer you should answer,

Not lay there without a peep!”


“I wanted,” said the Small Dog,

Just to cuddle for a while,

And to keep your toes all toasty

And perhaps to see you smile…

But underneath your blanket

You were just part of the pile… “


“It is cold and I was sleeping

‘Cause I wasn’t feeling well…

Some rotten bug attacked me

And as far as I can tell

I’m viral for the moment…”

“To be fair, you look like hell…”


“Just snuggle up, then, writer,

Pull the rug up to your nose,

I will join you on the sofa

Where I’ll sit upon your toes.

And now I know you’re breathing,

I will guard you while you doze.






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:

55 thoughts on “The Small Dog’s On Guard

  1. Was she laying on your ball? If so, I can certainly understand why you’d try to dig her up! Humans do strange things when they are out of sorts. Be patient, Ani, she doesn’t mean to scare you! I prescribe more snuggles and wet licks. Hopefully, that does the trick. Let us know when she’s feeling better.

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  2. Such a caring dog–and in rhyme. Such a smart dog–to claim part of the sofa.

    If all is autobiographical and the writer’s not feeling well, I’m sorry. I hope you feel better soon and find ways to feel comfortable while you’re sick.


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