Dog At Christmas

For those who need their Dog fix, and as a small memory of Sue Vincent and her delightful poems about her dog, Ani, I reprise here a poem and pictures I did for her…

A little something Dog penned for Sue Vincent’s delightful pup, Ani’s, Advent calendar, in case you missed

On the first day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

My favourite walkies!

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On the second day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the third day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the fourth day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Four bowls of treats,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the fifth day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Five doorbell rings!

Four bowls of treats,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the sixth day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Six squirrels running,

Five doorbell rings!

Four bowls of treats,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the seventh day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Seven posties posting,

Six squirrels running,

Five doorbell rings!

Four bowls of treats,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the eighth day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Eight shoes for chewing,

Seven posties posting,

Six squirrels running,

Five doorbell rings!

Four bowls of treats,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the ninth day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Nine blokes a’stroking,

Eight shoes for chewing,

Seven posties posting,

Six squirrels running,

Five doorbell rings!

Four bowls of treats,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the tenth day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Ten children playing,

Nine blokes a’stroking,

Eight shoes for chewing,

Seven posties posting,

Six squirrels running,

Five doorbell rings!

Four bowls of treats,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

Eleven posts for sniffing,

Ten children playing,

Nine blokes a’stroking,

Eight shoes for chewing,

Seven posties posting,

Six squirrels running,

Five doorbell rings!

Four bowls of treats,

Three tennis balls,

Two chicken legs

And my favourite walkies.

*

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me,

My whole family!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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22 Responses to Dog At Christmas

  1. Merry Christmas to one blessed Dog and his remarkable family!!

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  2. Great card and final picture

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  3. Darlene says:

    I love this. Wishing Dog and the rest of you a wonderful Christmas!!

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  4. Wonderful Geoff.
    Wonderful memories of Sue and tennis balls for Ani.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Happy Christmas to you, Geoff, and the whole family, especially Dog, who is so photogenic!
    Lovely memories of Sue and her beloved Ani.

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  6. Lovely. Happy Christmas to all.

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    A lovely tribute to Sue and her devotion to the blog world. Merry Christmas from our pup to Dog.

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    Loved it then love it now 💖

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  9. Widdershins says:

    Merry Christmas, Dog … and all the humans you hold dear. 😀 … and if you could send a ‘Merry Christmas’, to Ani via the doggie network that would be cool too. 😀

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  10. Norah says:

    Happy Christmas, Geoff. It’s wonderful of you to remember Sue in this way – never forgotten.

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  11. Clever old Dog! Hope he (and you) had a happy Christmas.

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  12. Rowena says:

    After all of that activity over 12 days, dog probably feels like taking a vacation lying on the beach n that last photo and doing nothing. However, after all that training, there might be a vacancy on a certain cricket team. What’s dog like with a bat?
    I don’t follow the cricket but Geoff has it on as a fairly permanent fixture, and I think it rates as the sound of Summer for him.
    It’s hard to understand that Sue is gone. Ani and Lady were like twins separated at birth and split cross opposite sides of the globe. I loved her poems, and found it hard to know quite what you’re supposed to do when your blogging mate goes down.
    This is a fabulous idea.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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    • TanGental says:

      It’s v sad. Another 60 something blogger, Mary Smith died on Xmas day. She wrote beautifully of her time as a volunteer nurse in Afghanistan during the 80s and 90s. I met her at a couple of Bashes and she was delightful.
      As for the cricket, I believe it is impolite to discuss such pain in public. Tell Geoff it is entirely unreasonable to gloat… as if I’d do they same, were the tables to be turned…

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      • Rowena says:

        Geoff, I’m so sorry to hear about Mary. We make such good connections through blogging at times, and hard when they pass on.
        The cricket rivalry between England and Australia has never been pretty, but fortunately hasn’t reached the violence of the soccor hooligans. I’m not sure whether you’re familiar with the Hill on the SCG. They banned glasses and glass bottles from there and I think they might even have built another stand on part of it, but it was the stuff of legends along with your Balmy Army.
        Well, I’d better get to sleep.
        Thought you might like this: https://teawithethelturner.com/2021/12/28/christmas-1921-with-ethel-turner-and-the-sunbeamers/
        I find Ethel Turner so inspirational in her writings to the children in these newspaper columns. The sort of thing I should print out and put on the fridge.
        Best wishes,
        Ro
        PS A close friend of mine is over in London visiting her daughter atm so I’m feeling that I’ve inched a bit closer towards getting there myself.

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      • TanGental says:

        Ah ha. I’ve heard a lot about Bay 13 too. I’m old enough to remember John Snow being grabbed by a sunhatted numpty on the Hill in 1971. Happy days!!

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      • Rowena says:

        Those were the days…

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  13. Wonderful poem and photos! 🎄 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! 💞

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