The Small Dog on the Common Cold (or why there are sausage rolls under the sofa cushions…)

She’s got a really rotten cold

And isn’t feeling well,

She’s curled up on the sofa

And she looks as rough as hell.

The good thing is it’s ‘feed a cold’

As far as I can tell,

Which means, of course, she really must

Keep feeding me as well

And all the stuff that’s in the fridge…

Leftover new year’s fare…

The pies and pastries, nicely cooked

And all designed to share,

I’m having to dispose of

Because no-one else is there…

And she can’t seem to manage much

‘Cause sometimes, life’s unfair…

She says if I keep eating

Then I’ll only end up fat.

I say that she’s no room to talk

Or criticise on that

‘Cause she’s a bit balloonified…

She says I’m full of chat!

But if she wanted silence

Then she should have had a cat.

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:

75 thoughts on “The Small Dog on the Common Cold (or why there are sausage rolls under the sofa cushions…)

  1. A CAT?? No, no, no…. Cats don’t cuddle very well and they are very picky eaters. Who would warm her feet or help her eat the leftovers? Eventually, she’ll figure out how much you’re HELPING! You may have to do some extra running in the spring to get rid of the extra weight, but you can worry about that later. Hope you and your human are enjoying the new year!

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  2. Bet your two legs would feel better after a hot tea with honey and lemon, Ani. Sure hope she feels better soon. And cuddles always help.

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  3. Dear Ani,
    It’s your duty to groom your sick person, making very sure all the bits she drops about herself are removed, and especially the ones that might fall on sofa or floor. Also, you can’t risk her eating something that might have gone bad from sitting around, so it’s your responsibility to dispose of that as well. She should thank you for your diligence, but in my experience, it’s best to take care of these details whilst she’s asleep. It’s a tough job, but some dog’s gotta do it. I hope your person is feeling better soon.
    –your friend,
    Peri 🐾 😘

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    1. Hey Peri, or should I say ciao…
      I do my best to make sure there is nothing potentially danerous lurking. If she would just leave the fridhe open more often, I could check everything in there…you know, for ‘use by’ dates. She’s not eating uch apart from the big stew she made,so I’ sure tehre must be stuff in there that needs disposing of 😉 xx

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          1. Dear Ani, I am lucky. Barb is a complete treat marshmallow who believes in rewarding me for breathing, and for not eating annoying little dachshunds even when they are at their most revoltingly cute levels of dachshundsness. And the Hub is an economist, which means he totally gets that I can’t be expected to work without pay. The treat jar is my bitch. (NOT an insult in our company.)


            1. Absolutely not an insult…I keep telling her that…
              I have the same sort of arrangement with her friend, my ball guy, when he’s here. She was a bit put out to discover I now have the have treats in my breakfast… like the Flakes they have in their ice cream cones… before I’ll consider eating it. 😀


  4. Hope your two legs can soon kick the cold into touch Ani. No fun for her when a little hot toddy is not allowed.
    I am sure you will look after her though, keep her warm and cuddled, and stop any food being wasted by from going off!!! xxx

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  5. Lol sweet Ani. Trust me, sometimes nothing is the right thing to do. I do hope Sue is okay even a cold can be serious in her predicament. Just keep sitting on her on her feet. ❤ xx


  6. Aah, it seems that every negative has a silver lining for /someone/. Now if only you could make Her eat as well. Getting sick is a bad way of going on a diet! Time enough for that when the sun comes out and you can go for long walks again. Chin up, little girl and enjoy your windfall while you may. 🙂

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      1. lol – very clever, Ani, just don’t sit on them by mistake. Flaky pastry can make such a mess, and it would be a shame to waste it, right? As for walks, maybe you can talk her into taking short little walks…for the vitamin D?


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