Notes from a Small Dog, Four Legs on Two.
This is my fourth Ani book by Sue Vincent, and definitely my favourite.
A combination of verse and prose, it captures a dog’s eye view of food, cheese, balls, snow, ownership and emotions, with the occasional entry from Sue herself.
This has 142 pages, 146 including the end credits and details of other publications.
The photographs match the chapters, especially Indignant Small Dog where the chosen picture is priceless above the first sentence
‘She hid the ball!’
I laughed out loud at that and kept that smile on my face until turning the light off.
We frolic with Ani in the snow, cheekily pilfer morsels from plates, plead with big brown eyes, and generally get our own way, even when we’ve been in the dog house.
We share long buried bones, commiserate when she’s forced to have a bath or not allowed to use the computer, and practically cheer her on to distract Sue to stop work and play.
We understand the obsession with balls, pigeons and pheasants, and unwelcome visitors to the garden are seen off in no uncertain terms.
We share Ani’s friends, two legs and four, and at the end want to wrap ourselves round her and give her oodles of love and affection, but even then, I think it would be on her terms.