A family of dogs

First posted on Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo, 2018 There have not always been dogs in my life, but there have always been dogs in my heart. All of them, except the setters, who were family and Echo, who was a gift, were rescue dogs. And all of them have known how to smile. The firstContinue reading “A family of dogs”

The Small Dog Considers …

He’s bringing tea and coffee through, With toast and honey, biscuits too, To pick her up when she feels drained… And I thought I had got him trained! * I’m sort of glad, though, to be fair, ‘Cause, what with all the missing hair She’s not the way she used to be… And prob’bly needsContinue reading “The Small Dog Considers …”

Paulette Mahurin Reviews Notes from a Small Dog

A wonderful review from Paulette Mahurin, author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, The Seven Year Dress and Where Irises Never Grow… all of them deeply moving works, and the profits from the books have been helping to save dogs from kill shelters for years. Review: Notes from a Small Dog~ Four Legs on TwoContinue reading “Paulette Mahurin Reviews Notes from a Small Dog”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Victoria Zigler with Lilie and Logan

Dear Santa, we’ve a problem here (Another one, it’s true) If she’s in bed and locks the doors Then how will you get through? The old house had a fireplace Complete with chimneypot, But when she said we’d move in here That’s something she forgot. I know that’s how you get inside… It must takeContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Victoria Zigler with Lilie and Logan”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Fiyero, Idina and Trent P. McDonald

Dear Santa, she is way behind! I’ve seen no Christmas shopping, but I think she’s gearing up for Christmas… getting in the festive spirit or something. The bags under her eyes would do as overflow sacks for Santa and Rudolph will be out of a job if her face gets any redder. She’s quiet atContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Fiyero, Idina and Trent P. McDonald”

Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! A poem from Maggie

Dear Santa, There are some of my friends missing from this year’s Advent Calendar. One of them is Maggie, who lived, held in love, from puppyhood to a wonderful old age. Two years ago, she sent me a poem. It is a reminder that not all homes will celebrate this time of year as aContinue reading “Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! A poem from Maggie”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Rex the Hero and Jennie Fitzkee.

Dear Santa, Sometimes, you have to wonder at people… I mean, last time Rex told us one of his stories, he just told us about the things he sort of got in trouble for. It turns out, though, that he’s pretty much a hero and never mentioned it… Mind you, there are lots of peopleContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Rex the Hero and Jennie Fitzkee.”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Sally Cronin’s Advice on Christmas Treats

Dear Santa, I cannot live down My little peccadillos… Like maybe, stealing whole ham hocks Or de-stuffing her pillows. I only stole the turkey once, The salmon once as well… The chocolate, I soon learned was bad, And out of bounds as well. But there is always lots of cheese, She wouldn’t miss at all…Continue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Sally Cronin’s Advice on Christmas Treats”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Meet Ruff, Smidgeon and Cathy Cade!

Dear Santa, Yay! We are finally counting down to Christmas! It seems to have taken ages to come around this year! But it hasn’t been a great year for anyone, two-legses or four. I mean, there is this bug thing going round and I know it is worrying people and stopping them from meeting andContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Meet Ruff, Smidgeon and Cathy Cade!”