Review of Doggerel: Life with the Small Dog – 5 Stars

Doggerel: Life with the Small Dog by Sue Vincent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book of poetry about a small dog named Ani, her human (Sue) and how they spend their life together. I wouldn’t normally purchase a book about poetry but I loved this book. In fact, I devoured the whole thing in one evening. Each poem was more than that, it was a story, a capturing of time and a glimpse into the wonderful relationship with man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Ani is a smart, sassy pup who keeps her human on their toes.

Being owned by a small dog myself, I could relate to many of the tales (particularly regarding the dreaded bath-time). As my own little four-legged companion is 16 in human years, the scale of ball-throwing related activities is much less these days, instead she can normally be found snoring in her basket, or checking out the perimeters for the maverick squirrel who visits now and then. I imagine in her younger years, she and Ani would have made great friends.
I often think it’s useful to see an extract of a book to get an idea of the writing style. Here is a brief extract so that you can see a sample of the writing yourself:

You’ve Stolen all my poems,
Put your name upon my book…
Do you think that I cannot read?
Or that I will not look?

Overall View: A fabulous book. Great writing, lovely images and a brilliant display of quick wit. A book so many will relate to (two-legses and four-legses alike). Ultimately capturing that marvellous unexplainable thing called love.

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Extract – Doggerel

Companionable – small dog inspiration

Last night I heard a whoosh
Followed by a lot of flashing lights
I decide to vamoose
As it gives me quite a fright

To avoid the bang and crackle
I hide under the table
But that really doesn’t help
I’m becoming quite unstable

Apparently it’s to celebrate
A plot of gunpowder and treason
But it really makes me irate
No matter what the reason

All I want to do is snuggle
And drift quietly off to sleep
But all I hear is bangs and crackles
And it’s only just gone Halloween!

Don’t get me wrong I do agree
That the fire-flowers are nice
I just wish they’d only be
Set off, on just one night

So that’s my grump for today
I’m off to get some sleep
So when you set off those rockets
Think of poor scared little me!!

Millie asleep

My inspiration was the amazing Ani –