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 …”

Ani’s Advent 2020! The Visit

Dear Santa… This year is all a bit weird. This coronavirus malarkey is upsetting everyone and keeping them apart, especially when they want and need to be together. I’m pretty sure, if you could manage it, taking the bug away would go down better than delivering present this year. I mean, look at all theContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! The Visit”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Lulu is lonely ~ but she has Pete Springer

Dear Santa, This virus that appears to be getting around the worldeven faster than you do, is going to make sure it is a very lonely Christmas for so many people. Families and friends cannot be together as they would like. There will be no big gatherings around the table… and no families will comeContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Lulu is lonely ~ but she has Pete Springer”

Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! A place in her heart…

Long, long ago, my kin began to tell stories, passing down the history of our kind from dam to pup. This is the Long Memory of our kind. Your kind have it too, but more and more, you forget how to look within and read what is written there… One story tells of when theContinue reading “Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! A place in her heart…”

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! Homespun Magic with Anita Dawes

Dear Santa, I heard her talking today about things she wants to do for Christmas. They aren’t big things, just little ones. And some of them, I can’t even eat… She wants to make and bake all the things she used to when our boys were little. I think she would even make all theContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Homespun Magic with Anita Dawes”

Note from a Small Dog: Loved to Death

It was in July 2017 that my two-legses committed the unthinkable sin of losing The Ball. Not just any ball… I have many in my toy box… but The Ball. The One. The Special Ball. I’d had that ball a long time and knew its every scent, curve and puncture. Granted, they searched for itContinue reading “Note from a Small Dog: Loved to Death”

The Small Dog’s Vicious Circle…

Well, she’s still being weird And she’s up half the night, So we sit in the garden Because stars are bright And why shouldn’t we watch As they twinkle and shine? I don’t care what we’re doing ‘Cause this time is mine. * With her hands in my fur, Or caressing my ears, It’s thisContinue reading “The Small Dog’s Vicious Circle…”

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 itContinue reading “The Small Dog’s Secret Teacher…”